1995 - Sr. Bernadette O’Kulicz or Sr. Barbara Cirico the original hosts of Our Daily Bread. The cooking show is a production of Daybreak TV.(File Photo by: Patrick McPartland)
The first episode of Our Daily Bread aired in 1996 and featured the St. Vincent de Paul dining room on Main St. in Buffalo, NY. During that time the show was hosted by two women religious: Sr. Bernadette O’Kulicz, FSSJ and the late Sr. Barbara Cirico, RSM.
These two spirited women religious cooked in kitchens all over our diocese. They visited the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s in Dunkirk, St. Mary’s in Cattaraugus, and many parishes in between.
Fr. Paul D. Seil stepped into the kitchen in 1999, hosting a few shows along with Sr. Barbara. They prepared dished like: Liver Dumpling Soup, Stuffed Belgian Endive and Chicken & Rice casserole. In 2002 Sr. Barbara handed the show over to Fr. Paul.
When Our Daily Bread began, it did not have a permanent set. The host and crew would travel to a parish and cook in the rectory kitchen. In 2003, Our Daily Bread was recorded in the kitchen at St. Lawrence Parish in Buffalo, where Fr. Paul was the pastor. In this kitchen he cooked with people from Canticle Farms, Campus Ministry at Alfred State College, Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish and many others who filled this kitchen with mouthwatering aromas.
During this time, Fr. Paul took a few trips out of his kitchen as well. He traveled to the Broadway Market, Wendell’s Turkey Farm, Meals on Wheels and Stella Niagara Educational Institute. Fr. Paul and his guest covered topics such as: St. Nicholas Day, food allergies, blessing of the animals, the sacraments, vocations, Passover, and diabetic cooking.
When Fr. Paul became pastor at St. Bernadette parish in Orchard Park, Our Daily Bread began recording in the Msgr. Nugent Conference Room, which contains a small community kitchen. In this space we cooked with and learned about people and programs like Meatless Mondays, the Central City Practicum, the WAY program, Foster Grandparents, Camp Turner and Harvest House just to name a few.
Twenty years later, Our Daily Bread is beginning to go full circle. Fr. Paul is once again out and about in the community cooking and learning about people and places that matter in our lives. This season, Fr. Paul has cooked at the Little Portion Friary, Buffalo’s Waterfront area, and Braymiller’s Farmers Market.
Our Daily Bread first aired on WKBW-TV Ch. 7 and on Time Warner Cable. Then, thanks to CatholicTV, (catholictv.com) based in Boston Massachusetts, Our Daily Bread airs in all 50 states. Now, the most recent viewing source is through the Daybreak TV Productions YouTube Channel! Just click on the YouTube button at daybreaktv.org and while you there, click on the Facebook button to “like” us. Our Daily Bread also has a Tumblr page, which can be found at paula-ourdailybread.tumblr.com
Help us celebrate 20 years of programing. Tune in Saturday, May 14th at 5:30 a.m. and 1p.m. (special air time this month) on WKBW-TV Ch. 7. This show will be about acceptance, and the importance it plays in our world today. Fr. Paul will be talking to and cooking with Deacon Miguel Santos from Holy Cross Parish in Buffalo and Fr. Conrad Stachowiak, from Resurrection Parish in Cheektowaga, home of the Catholic Deaf Apostolate.
And as always, recipes can be found at www.odbtv.org. Thanks for 20 year of watching Our Daily Bread!