Finding Peace through Catholic Mindfulness

October 13, 2016

Dr. Gregory Bottaro of the Catholic Psych Institute joins me today to talk about Catholic Mindfulness and a new introduction course that he has available at

The full course title is Introduction to Catholic Mindfulness: Learn how to get control of your mind by trusting God, letting go, and tuning in. I’m taking the course right now, and I am finding it immensely helpful!

Do you find yourself frequently frazzled, anxious, worried? Do you try to trust in God but feel like you fail on a regular basis? Then this new Catholic Mindfulness course might just be for you.

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Listen in to my conversation with Dr. Gregory Bottaro of the Catholic Psych Institute as he tells us what exactly Catholic Mindfulness is and more about the course that he has available. Full show notes can be found at


The Catholic Foodie Show - Sick Pilgrim: Out on a Limb

October 7, 2016

Jessica Griffith and Jonathan Ryan are pilgrims. Sick pilgrims, to be exact. And they are on a mission to remind us all that we are pilgrims here on earth. A major part of their mission is to equip and rally together what they call servant artists, artists who draw back the veil of the Mystery through their work, which they perform in the service of the world.

Jessica and Jonathan join me around the table today to talk about Sick Pilgrim, Catholic Weird, Mystery and sacrament, October and ghost stories, and, of course, servant artists.

This show in particular brought me great joy. I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to hang out with Jessica and Jonathan, and I hope we can do it again soon. [Hint. Hint.]

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Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine’s Chefs to Watch 2016

October 6, 2016

Exciting show today on location at Cavan restaurant on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Joining me around the table are two lovely ladies: Caitlin Watzke from Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine and Chef Ruby Bloch from Cavan, Meauxbar, and Sylvain in New Orleans. Chef Ruby is one of the six Chefs to Watch this year.

In 2002, Louisiana Cookin‘ introduced Chefs to Watch as a way of recognizing talented up-and-coming chefs from restaurants throughout the state who show passion for traditions while delivering fresh, new concepts. This year’s event is the 15th installment, and it will be hosted by MarchĂ© in the French Quarter.

Caitlin talks about Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine and this year’s 15th Annual Chefs to Watch event: a special six-course dinner on October 20, 2016 at 6:00 PM at MarchĂ© in the French Quarter. The courses will be prepared by this year’s six Chefs to Watch, including Chef Ruby Bloch who will be serving a Sweet Potato Spice Cake. 

Chef Ruby talks food, cooking, creativity and inspiration with us today. And you might even hear a thing or two about desserts. ;-) She shares a bit of her story with us, and tells us how a New Jersey girl fell in love with the city and people of New Orleans. 

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Fall Festivals, the Olive Mass, and Fr. Leo Patalinghug

September 23, 2016

On The Catholic Foodie Show today we talk fall festivals in and around New Orleans (including the inaugural Fried Chicken Festival!) and the first-ever Olive Mass to celebrate food and bless the hands that make it. Fr. Leo Patalinghug (of Grace Before Meals) drops in to talk about the Olive Mass and the work of The Table Foundation.

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#TacoTuesday, St. Martha and the Spice of Life

August 2, 2016

On today’s The Catholic Foodie Show
 it’s #TacoTuesday! We talk tacos and I give you recipe for fish tacos (and I tell you about the first time that I ever tried a fish taco!). I also share with you a reflection on St. Martha who was a dear, dear friend of Jesus. Her feast day was last Friday, but she is going to encourage us today in our own friendship with Jesus and in our efforts to our best in our daily lives without losing our minds. All this and more right here on The Catholic Foodie Show
 where food meets faith!

Wash Day Wonders and Red Beans and Rice

August 1, 2016

In this episode of The Catholic Foodie Show I announce the new daily show themes, and I explain what exactly I mean by Wash Day Wonders. I share my recipe for the New Orleans classic dish of Red Beans and Rice, give a shout out to my newly-minted Eagle Scout son Christopher, and reflect briefly on the amazing love that Jesus has for St. Martha. All this and more on The Catholic Foodie Show!

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Catholic Foodie Show: Amoris Laetitia and the Recipe for Joy

April 13, 2016

Pope Francis’ letter Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), love and hospitality in the family, and Robin Davis’ book Recipe for Joy
 all this and more on The Catholic Foodie Show!

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Catholic Foodie Show: French Quarter Festival 2016

April 9, 2016

The French Quarter Festival, known as the “largest free festival in the South,” is this weekend in New Orleans. Leading tourism officials call it the “kickoff to the festival season in New Orleans,” and it is referred to by many as the “World’s largest Jazz Brunch.”


The French Quarter Festival is four days of live performances by local musicians that draws people from all over the world. On twenty-one of its twenty-two stages, only Louisiana musicians are featured. One stage is reserved as an “international stage” where traditional jazz bands from all over the world perform. This year the 33rd French Quarter Festival will feature more that 400 hours of live music and welcome more than 1700 local musicians to its stages. In addition to traditional jazz, attendees will also be treated to contemporary jazz, Cajun-Zydeco, world, brass band, blues, rock, and pop from some of New Orleans’ most well-known musicians. And accompanying the music, over 60 New Orleans restaurants will serve both classic and creative New Orleans food. 

Listen to the show to hear more on the food, the music, and the event known as “the world’s largest Jazz Brunch!”

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Dr. Brant Pitre and The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ

January 29, 2016

Dr. Brant Pitre joins me today on The Catholic Foodie Show to discuss his new book (to be released February 2, 2016) entitled The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ. In The Case for Jesus, Dr. Brant Pitre, bestselling author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, taps into the wells of Christian scripture, history, and tradition to ask and answer a number of questions about the origins and validity of the Gospels as well as one big question: Did Jesus of Nazareth claim to be God?

Though a seminary professor of Sacred Scripture, Dr. Brant Pitre is also a husband and father of five, and this book is written in plain language that everyone can understand. With his signature enthusiasm and with a deep love for both Jesus and the reader, Dr. Pitre offers compelling reasons for concluding that the four Gospels are first-century biographies of Jesus, written within the lifetime of the apostles and based directly on eyewitness testimony. 

Buckle your seatbelt and get ready for an exciting ride to answer the question of a lifetime asked by Jesus, “And you, who do you say that I am?”

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Catholic Foodie Show - Around the Table with Miss Kay Robertson

January 14, 2016

On the show today
 reality TV, a gumbo-cooking priest, and we talk food and faith with Miss Kay Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. All this and more on The Catholic Foodie Show
 where food meets faith!

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King Cakes, Mardi Gras and the Epiphany

January 8, 2016

On the show today... King Cakes, Mardi Gras and the Epiphany... including the history of the King Cake, King Cake traditions, the Epiphany and how God meets us in the ordinariness of daily life AND does something extraordinary in us... AND my recipe to make a King Cake right in your very own kitchen. All this and more on The Catholic Foodie Show! Listen now! 

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The Catholic Foodie featuring Colleen Mitchell and St. Bryce Missions

November 2, 2015

I'm joined by my friend Colleen Mitchell of St. Bryce Missions today. We talk about the missionary work that Colleen does together with her husband Greg and their five sons. And we'll be talking about this missionary work within the context of the call to hospitality. God might not be calling me and you to live a missionary's life with our families in Costa Rica or Tanzania, but God does call us to welcome him present in those we meet in our daily lives. Whether it's our spouse, our children or their friends, co-workers, or the guy or gal standing next to us in the grocery line, God is present and calls us to encounter Him with open hearts and open hands. Full show notes available at

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The Catholic Foodie Show - The Kiss of Jesus: Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

October 30, 2015

I have wanted to have Donna-Marie join me here on The Catholic Foodie Show for quite a while, and the recent release of her new book provided the perfect opportunity. The Kiss of Jesus is the name of the book, published by Ignatius Press. In The Kiss of Jesus, Donna-Marie tell her story, the good and the bad. She doesn’t shy away from the dark corners. She tells her story because she knows that so many of us are suffering. We are hurting and we are trying to make sense of it all. We are trying to find God in the midst of it. Donna-Marie understand the power of stories, and she shares hers knowing that doing so might just give hope to you and to me. Listen now to our conversation. Full show notes are available at

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The Catholic Foodie Show featuring Chris Faddis with Bene Plates

October 23, 2015

Chris Faddis of Bene Plates ( joins me today on The Catholic Foodie Show to talk about how Bene Plates "provides high quality, great tasting, nourishing meals for [their] chronically ill clients to help sustain them during their disease." Bene Plates prepares "craveable," clean (non-toxic), micronutrient rich meals weekly and delivers directly to their customers' homes. Chris shares the story behind this endeavor and the importance of nutritious and delicious meals for the both the chronically ill and the walking well. Full show notes and links can be found at

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The Family Table with Marie Bellet | The Catholic Foodie Show

October 19, 2015

Marie Bellet joins me on The Catholic Foodie Show today. Singer, songwriter, mother of 9, a woman of deep faith, Marie shares her experiences with me on the importance of family meals. Pour a cup of coffee or tea and join us around the table for a delightful conversation that is sure to inspire you in your own family life. Full show notes are available at

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The Catholic Foodie Show featuring Chef Frank Brigtsen & Chef Paul Prudhomme

October 16, 2015

Chef Frank Brigtsen joins me on The Catholic Foodie Show today to talk about his New Orleans restaurant, Brigtsen's, which is celebrating 29 years in business this year, and the instrumental influence of his friend and mentor Chef Paul Prudhomme. Listen as Chef Frank shares some of his personal reflections on the life and good work of Chef Paul Prudhomme. Full show notes – and links to the restaurants and some recipes – can be found at

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The Catholic Foodie Show: Louisiana Cookin’

October 15, 2015

Daniel Schumacher, editor-in-chief of Louisiana Cookin' magazine, joins me on The Catholic Foodie Show today to discuss Louisiana Cookin' magazine and the release of its first cookbook, Louisiana de Mer. Also on the show, Daniel gives us an inside peek at the Louisiana Chefs to Watch event taking place on Monday, October 19. Be sure to listen for a chance to win a free copy of Louisiana de Mer! Full show notes available at

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The Catholic Foodie Show: The Gospel of Happiness

October 9, 2015

Ever wondered how you can become more happier? What you can do to increase your joy, gratitude, and contentment? Dr. Christopher Kaczor, author of The Gospel of Happiness, joins me on The Catholic Foodie Show today to share with us key insights to how practicing our faith can make us happier. Listen in and enjoy! Full show notes can be found at

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Catholic Foodie Podcasts

October 7, 2015

Jeff Young, The Catholic Foodie, has his own podbean channel!  
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The Faithful Traveler: Mary, Saint Peter Claver, & Soul Food

September 9, 2015

Jeff Young, the Catholic Foodie, joins Diana to talk about Mary, St Peter Claver, and Soul Food.  Your mouth will be watering and you will be seeking out okra by the end of this show!