Posted April 29th, 2008 | Recipes


4 chicken breasts

Eggwash: 2 eggs beaten with 2 teaspoons water

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs

salt and pepper

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons regular, salted butter

8 slices provolone cheese

Marinara sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup minced white onion

1 garlic clove, finely minced

4 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons tomato paste

½ cup white wine

2 cups tomato sauce

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 375°. Butterfly chicken breasts and pound to tenderize. Season chicken with salt and pepper on each side and dredge in all-purpose flour. Pass both sides through egg wash and dredge in bread crumbs. Heat olive oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet, and cook chicken for about 2 minutes on each side, or until each side turns golden brown. Remove and place on a baking sheet.

Marinara sauce

Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Add onions, garlic, parsley, and pepper flakes and cook until onions become translucent. Add the tomato paste and wine and mix together. Let this cook for about 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and season with salt and pepper.

Assembly and baking:

Spread a tablespoon of marinara on one side of the chicken. Add a slice of provolone cheese and then fold the chicken over. Add another tablespoon of marinara on top of the chicken and another slice of provolone. If necessary, use a toothpick to keep the chicken together. Cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve over field greens, marinated with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This dish combines the flavors of chicken Parmesan, but with a tinge of white wine in the marinara, and doubled over for an “extra” reason to celebrate!

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Posted April 29th, 2008 | Uncategorized

It’s my first time to Omaha, but hopefully not my last.  The Women’s Guild of Christ the King Parish, spear headed by Jill Peterson, organized a Grace Before Meals event.  It started off wonderfully with a fantastic dinner at Pasta Amore’s.  I loved the food, and not just because the Sicilian Chef’s name was also “LEO!”  I also had a chance to visit with Fr. Ryan Lewis, the Vice Chancellor and a classmate of mine.  The pastor of the Parish is in the midst of a renovation of the church, and I got a chance to peak at the progress.  Although it’s a Hard Hat area, I think my “hard head” is protection enough.  Parishioners – YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THE NEW LOOK of your church!I’m actually taking a quick minute just to type out how much I’ve enjoyed myself so far.  Dinner with the committee, meeting the organizers, Mass with the 6 – 8th graders, and now a presentation for a big and excited group!  Stay tuned as I’ll definitely be posting some pictures of the fun we’re having and the faith we’re sharing here in Omaha!

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Posted April 28th, 2008 | Events, Simply Blogging

This past week, I had a chance to break away from the end of the semester paperwork and visit my family as we celebrated a quick Birthday lunch for my big brother!  He’s the other guy in the picture NOT dressed like the priest.

He turned 40 something, but is definitely a young one at heart!  He still teaches Martial Arts at Kick Connection Inc., still competes, still break dances, and still loves to tease his two sisters and me, the youngest brother!

I forgot to take out my camera to snap photos of the food mom had prepared for us before we started eating it. I guess I got too hungry!  But, for lunch we had chicken adobo, grilled chicken breasts, fried rice with scallions, and a side salad.  Pretty tasty stuff!

It was rather a rather busy day for us all, BUT we all broke away to do what is most important on days like Birthdays:  we spend some time together.  It was definitely a Grace Before Meal moment!

Here’s a picture of my family.  On the lower left corner is my aunt who lives with my us.  Next is Maria, Mom (Fe), and Dad. Standing we have Carlos Jr., Alicia (my brother’s wife), Angelica, and Me – with a really big Fork!  The extra large fork and spoon are decorating “staples” for Filipino Dining Rooms.  But, if you look closely, you’ll also see the Last Supper scene gracing our table as well.  I’m sure those two decorations had some influence in my life!

Happy Birthday Big Brother!

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Posted April 22nd, 2008 | Recipes

Portobellow Mushroom Steak

Serves 4

4 large portobello mushrooms

1 cup flour

2 eggs

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2–3 cups seasoned bread crumbs

3–4 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Lightly rinse and clean the mushrooms, being careful not to break them or over-soak them in water.  Just a quick rinse will do.  Dredge the mushrooms in flour.  Create an egg wash by beating the eggs with the water and Worcestershire sauce.  Gently dip the mushrooms in the egg wash, and then dredge in breadcrumbs.  In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Place the mushrooms in the oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.  (Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the undersides after you flip the mushrooms.)  Remove and place in a baking dish and bake for about 10 minutes.  Serve atop of a bed of mixed field greens, and top with roasted potatoes.

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Posted April 18th, 2008 | Events, Simply Blogging


Hey everyone! I’m still so excited by the Holy Father’s visit and Mass today at Nationals Stadium. Here’s a quick picture of Fr. Zylla, Professor of Thomistic Philosophy and Systematic Theology, myself (sporting my fancy Papal Flag), and Fr. Daniel Mindling, the Academic Dean at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary. We had a BLAST! I’ll be sure to write more and send over more pictures of this most GLORIOUS DAY! But for now, let’s keep praying for Pope Benedict’s trip to New York!Rev. Leo E. Patalinghug

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Posted April 18th, 2008 | Simply Blogging

Dear Fr. Leo,

Hello!  My family and I had the pleasure of seeing you in Charlotte , NC at the Eucharistic Congress.  My boys think you’re awesome!  We love your cookbook and look forward to the show.

Here’s my question…My sister is getting married in July and my husband has been given the honor of saying grace before their wedding feast.  Do you have any suggestions for this very important prayer?

Thanks so much and God Bless!

Kings Mountain , NC

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Hi there,

Thanks for the note and encouraging word. I’m not sure of any particular prayer that you could say, as many people write their own.
However, here’s a hint:  Pick up a theme in one of the readings the couple may have picked for their wedding ceremony, and just use that line or theme as a springboard for the prayer. I’m sure with the guidance of the Holy Spirit you will offer a beautiful blessings and “grace before meal!”

Perhaps you could even use on of the prayers from the Book, and possibly even give a copy of the book to them as part of your gift – especially as a way to encourage them to start the “Grace” before they form the family!

Peace and Blessings!

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