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Making time for Jesus and Mary – September 07, 2010

Francesca Franchina speaks with Marlene Sommer  about  making time for  Jesus and Mary in a busy family life, professional endeavors, volunteer work and ministry regarding personal and communal  faith formation, prayer and  devotions,  amid crisis, catastrophic situations, joys, trials and traumas in every day life.

The St. Monica Ministry – August 24, 2010

Francesca Franchina,  MS Ed. speaks with Dr. Jim Buchner, D. Min., Faith Formation Director of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Maryland regarding his book and acclaimed presentation  The St. Monica Ministry  which evolved from the highly successful Come Home Program for returning  folks who have been “on leave” from the Catholic Church. Dr. Buchner  created  this book and highly successful  program  to help caring Catholics  who have family members and friends in this situation. He will present The St. Monica Ministry   program at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1411  North Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, OH on Sunday August 29, 2010 from 2:00- 4:30 PM. For more information see St. Luke the Evangelist website.  THROUGH THE TUMMY TO THE HEART, ITALIAN SOUL FOOD SPRINKLED WITH EVANGELIZATION FEATURES FRANCESCA’S FAVORITE ITALIAN RECIPES  FROM HER FAMILY KITCHEN. Today Francesca shares her favorite recipe for Chicken Cacciatore alla Termini Imerese, Sicilia and a simply delicious Ricotta Pie.

The 100th Annual Sicily Fisherman’s Feast – August 17, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Phil Privitera and Ray Geany of Boston, MA about the 100th Annual  Madonna Del Soccorso de Sciacca, Sicily Fisherman’s Feast sponsored by The Sciacca  Fishermen’s Society held  in North Boston (Little Italy) on August 15th./ Discussing the tradition, custom and faith of the people hailing from Sciacca, Sicily revolving around a Marian Apparition  to  Nicolo Bruno an Augustinian Monk who was suffering from a severe fever and broken neck in 1300. The Blessed Mother appeared to him announcing she was there to help the people of Sciacca and for him to get up and deliver the message. He was instantly healed of his fever and broken neck and spent the rest of his days telling of this great message which they continue to this day with a four  day  Italian Festa, Outdoor Celebration of Holy  Mass, Procession through the streets of Boston’s North End and street after street of delicious Italian foods enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. .

Growing up Catholic and the Church Today – August 3, 2010

Francesca Franchina focuses on introducing the Catholic Faith to those interested in learning more, RCIA, witnessing and what you can share from your own experience about Catholicism, growing up Catholic and the Church today.

Francesca stirs up good things in the kitchen sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness of the Lord and sharing recipes for living  life’s lessons as given to us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in The New Evangelization.

         “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord ” in Francesca’s kitchen as she shares everyday  down to earth conversation, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s Italian cooking recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.

“One Mind, One Heart” – July 27, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Lydia and Charlie Bugge and Fr. Ed Wade, CC  “On the Edge” of North Carolina in Cape Carteret about coming together on The Sound to pray for unity “One Mind, One Heart.”   Discussing their involvement in Ecumenical Prayer Gatherings and  how Lydia raised as a Southern Baptist in Georgia  became a Catholic as a young woman living in New York then marrying into a traditional Sicilian family of good cooks and family customs and traditions. Mamma Mia …don’t miss this program to learn and live God’s calling for unity in the Body of Christ and hear Lydia and Francesca discussing  their favorite Sicilian family recipes as  Lydia shares her delicious rice and Italian sausage with peas dinner and her delicious baked breaded eggplant! Good food, good thoughts, good prayer!

Dayton Rite to Life Bike Ride – July 20, 2010

Francesca Franchina speaks with Paul Coudron about The Dayton Right to Life First Annual Bike Ride for Life (all ages welcome) to be held Friday and Saturday July 31 and August 1, 2010, at the Life Enrichment Center located at 425 North Findlay St. Dayton, OH 45404
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM providing family fun, food and entertainment to promote healthy lifestyles, wholesome family life ,education and most of all to save young lives.. More Information at www.daytonlife.org and 937-461-3625.

Vatican II Document Lumen Gentium – July 13, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. continues discussion on  the Vatican II Document Lumen Gentium,  The Blessed Mother in Ecumenism, the ecumenical writings of Pope John Paul II  and what has been accomplished since Vatican II in Dialogue  between the Anglicans and other denominations. Francesca shares her favorite recipes for Risotto Ala Terminese, a Sicilian  stuffed rice entree  that is easily transported to a picnic, reunion or just enjoyed at a family gathering. Easy and Delicious. Truly a Franchina Family Favorite!

Charismatic Gifts and Contemplative Spirituality – June 8, 2010

Francesca Franchina  reviews  Ralph Martin’s article on Charismatic Gifts and Contemplative Spirituality as addressed by St. John of the Cross and shares her favorite recipe for Tirami-Su, the delicious Italian  desert made with  Mascarpone, Ricotta, Lady Fingers,  Chocolate, Rum and Expresso Coffee.

Communication Issues – May 11, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks about creative problem solving in addressing Communication issues: Improving personal communications, interpersonal communications, family communications as the source of many conflicts, misunderstandings and temper tantrums. Listening skills, responses and prayer, how do they relate?  Francesca shares her favorite recipe for Italian Wedding Soup with Baby Meatballs.

The Holy Spirit and Healing Prayer – April 27, 2010

Francesca Franchina speaks about the Association of Christian Therapists, the Holy Spirit and Healing Prayer.

Fran shares recipes from her Italian kitchen for Cannoli and Manicotti.

Italian Wedding Soup

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Maureen Pierce and Tim Francis regarding The Sorrows of Our Blessed Mother, The Marian Apparitions in Rwanda/ Our Lady of Kibeho 1981-1990 and Our Lady of Fatima 1917 commenting on the Eucharistic Program at Transfiguration Parish on the Scientific Research, Eucharistic Miracles and Intercessory Prayer. Francesca shares her favorite family recipe for Italian Wedding Soup.

Recipe: Italian Wedding Soup

Ingredients

  • Soup: 6 Cups – Chicken Broth 1/2 Cup – Uncooked Soup Pasta 2 Cups – Thinly Sliced Escarole or Spinach Baby
  • Meat Balls: 1/2 lb – lean ground beef 1 egg 2T – Dry bread crumbs 1T – Grated Parmesan Cheese 1/2t – dry or fresh parsley 1/2t – garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Baby Meat Balls: In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients and then hand roll into 3/4 inch balls.
  2. Soup: Strain 6 cups homemade chicken broth into another pan; reserve chicken to pull apart in small pieces to put into the soup or use for another recipe. You can also use canned chicken broth (46 ounce can) or powdered chicken soup starter which is very good in a hurry to make six cups!
  3. Bring broth to a boil, drop in formed meatballs, ½ cup uncooked soup pasta and 2 cups thinly sliced escarole or spinach.
  4. Cook at slow boil about ten minutes till pasta is cooked (not drowned or mushy but al dente) Stir frequently with wooden spoon so pasta and meatballs don’t get beat up! Ladle into bowls, Serve as a prima piatta (first dish/ soup course) with grated cheese at the table or as a meal with crusty Italian bread/dipping oil and salada verde. Bon Pranzo!

Meal type: supper

Culinary tradition: Italian


Eggplant Rollatini

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In this program, Francesca shares about evangelization and healing of the person while sharing her recipe for Eggplant Rollatini. Tune in each Tuesday at 5pm eastern 4pm central for “Through the Tummy to the Heart” and check back soon for a copy of the recipe.

Through The Tummy To The Heart – Francesca Franchina