Month: November 2009

Radio Archive #35: Scott Hahn and Popple

cndpodcastrss1Dr. Scott Hahn joins us to discuss his latest books, including Signs of Life, and Dan and Kyle from Popple hang out and perform live on the show. This podcast is courtesy of Sirius 159/XM 117 (The Catholic Channel). You can get a full three hours of The Catholics Next Door, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST, only from Sirius/XM. Sign up today!

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All the food that’s fit to eat

This post was originally posted on November 27, 2008, but we thought we’d repost it in case you’re still looking for dinner ideas for this year’s Thanksgiving. What’s going to be on your dinner table this year?

Well, the feast is over.

At least round one is.

We haven’t had dessert yet.

This might very well be the most beautiful bird we’ve ever made. I can’t BELIEVE how much juice there was to make gravy! I think because of the brining, we had more gravy than we’ve ever had even if we combined all the gravy together from every turkey we’ve ever cooked.

You can get an idea of the amount from the picture on the left, but even that’s deceiving. There was still much more juice than that!

Here’s what else we had:

This is AMAZING corn pudding. Never would have heard of such a thing if not for Mario Bosquez, from Martha Stewart Living. He hosts In The Kitchen with Mario Bosquez on the Martha Stewart Living Channel on Sirius Channel 112. He was on our show this past Monday and suggested we make his Mexican Corn Pudding and Mexican Chocolate Cake. We made BOTH. The cake picture is below.

Many thanks, Mario! The Corn Pudding was awesome and I can’t wait to try the cake in just a few minutes!

Here is my mom’s cranberry relish. Jennifer LOVES this stuff.

Jennifer’s mom brought the sausage potato stuffing:

Guddy (Jennifer’s mom) also brought squash casserole:

Homemade Mac and Cheese for the boys (and especially Walt, after his tonsilectomy), but for some reason, the boys didn’t like it this time:

Incredible asparagus with almonds:

Puerto Rican rice brought by my mother-in-law:

Jennifer learned about this dessert last year on a Paula Deen TV show. Gingerbread Pumpkin Triffle. Oh my. Looking forward to trying this, too.

My Mom’s awesome rolls:

Endless buckets of gravy:

Surprisingly good carrots. Jennifer made them, said she didn’t like them, but then we all ended up eating a ton of them. Go figure.

And lastly, Mario Bosquez’s Mexican Chocolate Cake. This is all that we had for this awesome Thanksgiving. Now that we’ve shared it with you, I’m going to go cut into that cake! Happy Thanksgiving!

Radio Archive #34: Fr. Larry Richards and Paying Attention During Mass

cndpodcastrss1Fr. Larry Richards talks about his new book, Be A Man! Also, we talk about paying attention during Mass. This podcast is courtesy of Sirius 159/XM 117 (The Catholic Channel). You can get a full three hours of The Catholics Next Door, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST, only from Sirius/XM. Sign up today!

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Radio Archive #33: Jennifer Makes Greg Cry

cndpodcastrss1Greg turns 39 and Jennifer surprises him with a visit from the priest who tried to get him to become a priest as well as birthday presents. And Jennifer made Greg cry. This podcast is courtesy of Sirius 159/XM 117 (The Catholic Channel). You can get a full three hours of The Catholics Next Door, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST, only from Sirius/XM. Sign up today!

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Fall Reading Suggestions

Anne RiceOn today’s show we took caller suggestions for great books to read during the Fall season.

Have any other suggestions? Leave a comment and let us know!

Click through for the full list!
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Radio Archive #32: Saints, Football, and Surprising a Priest

cndpodcastrss1In this episode we talk about saints and football, and we surprise Fr. Tony Mancuso with something rather unexpected. This podcast is courtesy of Sirius 159/XM 117 (The Catholic Channel). You can get a full three hours of The Catholics Next Door, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST, only from Sirius/XM. Sign up today!

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Homemade Costumes

Halloween1This past Saturday’s Halloween was all about homemade costumes for us this year.

Jennifer, in particular, did a bang-up job planning it all, but we also have to thank my mom for helping out with a costume for Lily.

And, of course, Sam came through with his typically creativity for homemade costumes, too.

In summary, Sam (almost 12) was a Star Wars bounty hunter of some sort, Walt (almost 10) was a dead ram thing (don’t ask), Ben (7) was a LEGO brick, Tom (5) was a traffic light (notice he’s wearing a t-shirt for “The Catholics Next Door”, and Lily (9 months) was a nun.

Here’s Lily in her homemade Nun’s habit:
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Ben’s LEGO costume:
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Costume contest at a local church party (you can see Tommy’s lit-up stoplight costume for which he won first prize):
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We had an old skeleton costume that Walt once wore in an episode of That Catholic Show.  And Sam, for some reason, made a mask of a ram’s skull.  So Walt went as a dead ram/skeleton thing.  We still don’t know what this was supposed to be.
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Jennifer’s mom with “Sister” Lily:
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