Cooking up Some Fun

Cooking up Some Fun

The editors of St. Anthony Messenger work really hard to bring our readers interesting, inspirational, informative — and fun — articles. In October 2011, we started our “Living Simply” column as a way to help all of us slow down, pare back and try to make life a little less complicated. As a full-time working mom of four, I was excited about this new idea. I’m all for any tips on simplicity that I can find.

One of the elements we decided to incorporate was recipes. As a staff, we discussed how we were going to cull these recipes, and eventually came to the conclusion that one of the best ways to determine a recipes validity is experience. We sent out a call for tried and true — and simple — recipes to our staff, friends and family, thus the Irish soda bread recipe featured in our March issue that came from the mother of Mark Sullivan, a member of Franciscan Media’s design and production department. We even reached out to past interview subjects, such as Father Dominic Garramone –and excellent baker — who I featured in the November 2003 issue of the magazine.

One of the rules we established regarding the recipes, though, was that all of them had to be made and taste tested before they could run in the magazine. The experience has been a wonderful exercise in teambuilding and comraderie.

Recently, I was lucky enough to have to make Father Dominic’s recipe for Cinnamon Biscuit Twists that will be featured in our April issue. So before work one day I got up a little earlier and prepared the twists for staff discernment –and hopefully –approval. But before I made it out of the door, my 18-month-old daughter, Kacey, woke up and insisted that I let her be the first to taste-test the recipe. As you can see by the picture to the right, she overwhelming approved — as did the rest of the staff when I brought the remaining twists in.

We hope everyone is enjoying our recipes thus far, and would love to receive recipe submissions. If it’s yummy and simple to make, we’d like to try it. We may even feature it in the magazine. Send your recipes to

Featured photo by Sandy Digman


About the Author

By day, Susan Hines-Brigger is the managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger. By night, she and her husband, Mark, are the caretakers and social directors for their four kids: Maddie, Alex, Riley, and Kacey.