Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Bottom line: have a steak for the Savior tomorrow -- no need for guilt.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
4 leeks, finely chopped
8 cups stock
4 cups instant mashed potato flakes
salt, pepper, thyme, and parsley
Sautee leeks in butter in a stockpot until bright green. Transfer leeks to a bowl. Bring stock to boil; whisk in potato flakes. Heat through; season to taste.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
It is said that 1 out of every 2 Aspirants is prevented from entering formation because of student loans. Without assistance, these vocations of whole-hearted and free love and service are delayed for many years - even abandoned. Can our world afford to lose the goodness of these modern day saints?The Laboure Society has assisted over 200 men and women into formation as a result of the generosity of God's Holy people: 45 to the priesthood, 141 as religious sisters and 23 as religious brothers. There are currently 60 qualified Aspirants in our portfolio and we need your help! [...]Please join this important work through your prayers and financially.
2 medium eggplants, peeled and cut in 1" cubes
1 t coriander
1 t cumin
2 cinnamon sticks
2-3 T vegetable oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 T grated fresh ginger
1 t turmeric
1 T paprika
14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup frozen peas
1 T mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Place first four ingredients in the bottom of slow cooker. Heat oil in frying pan, and sautee onions until tender. Fold in ginger, turmeric, paprika, and tomatoes; cook 5 minutes. Stir tomato mixture into eggplant, and cook on low, 6-8 hours. Stir in peas, and let cook until heated through. Whisk in mayo; gently fold in cilantro and serve with rice, couscous, or flatbread.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
this piece by Beethoven while contemplating this painting.And for a today's bonus, the Web Gallery of Art suggests listening to
Thursday, March 17, 2011
(adapted from Cooking with the Saints)
For every two servings
3/4 lb mixed seafood, boiled
1 cup cooked vegetables
1/2 cup finely sliced sauteed leeks
1 cup white sauce, made with white wine or ale in lieu of milk
1 large boiled potato, sliced finely
1/4 cup grated cheese (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Combine seafood, vegetables, and leeks. Mix white sauce in thoroughly, and spread evenly in casserole dish. Cover with potato slices and bake for 30-45 minutes, until set. Top with grated cheese, if desired.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
4 T butter, divided
3 T flour
1 cup boiling milk
1/4 cup vermouth
1/4 t salt
pinch of pepper
1/4 t oregano
4-6 T cream
1 1/2 cups cooked or canned salmon, tuna, or clams
1/4 cup grated Swiss cheese
Preheat oven to 425. Grease an 8" shallow baking dish.
Cook onions in 3 T butter in a saucepan over low heat for five minutes until the onions are tender, but not browned. Stir in flour and cook for two minutes without browning.
Off heat, beat in the boiling milk, then wine, then seasonings. Now bring this sauce to boil over moderately high heat, stirring. Boil several minutes to evaporate alcohol and allow the sauce to thicken considerably. Then thin it to a medium consistency with cream. Taste carefully for seasoning.
Fold the seafood into the sauce, and check seasoning again. Spread mixture in baking dish. Sprinkle on cheese and remaining butter in pea sized dots. Bake in the upper third of the oven for about 15 minutes, or until top is nicely browned.
Serve with a green vegetable and bread.
From Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
2 onions, chopped
3 lb carrots, peeled and chopped
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 gloves garlic, minced
1/2 t dried thyme
5 cups vegetable broth (use more for an oval pot)
2 T honey
1/2 t grated nutmeg
1/2 t powdered ginger
salt and pepper
Heat oil in skillet. Sautee onion until tender. Add carrots; sautee 5 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker. Add potatoes, garlic, broth, and thyme. Cook on low 6 hours. Puree smooth. Stir in honey, nutmeg, ginger, salt, and pepper.
Adapted from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker
Monday, March 14, 2011
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 onion, peeled and sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 T olive oil
dried thyme, salt, and pepper (to taste)
Simmer lentils, carrots, and onion until well done, about 20-25 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350, and grease terrine.
Drain lentils, reserving stock. Rinse lentils and vegetables, then blend with garlic, cream, olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve with French bread and a green salad.
Serves 4 as a sandwich spread, 6 as an appetizer
Adapted from In Celebration of the Seasons
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Proper Sunday lunch is everything contemporary cooking is not... But neither nostalgia for nursery foods nor an interest in ponderous culinary Victoriana is what Sunday lunch- Sunday dinner- is all about... solidity, family, the home. [Nigella Lawson, How to Eat]
Sweet and Sour Crockpot Pork
About Celebrating Sunday
Saturday, March 12, 2011
3 T all purpose flour
1 cup milk
3 3 ounce cans tuna, drained
1 shallot, minced
3 T Worcestershire sauce
3 T capers, rinsed and drained (optional)
salt and pepper
cornmeal or breadcrumbs
olive oil for frying
In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and let the mixture bubble for a minute. Off heat, slowly stir in the milk. Return the mixture to heat, and let it cook for a few minutes, stirring to deter lumps.
Transfer the white sauce to a bowl, and stir in the tuna, shallot, Worcestershire sauce, capers, and salt and pepper to taste. Chill the mixture at least 2 hours or overnight.
Shape the mixture into litle 2-inch round cakes. Coat the cakes with cornmeal or breadcrumbs. Heat a very thin layer of olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Fry the cakes until quite brown- about three minutes each side. Drain on paper towels.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Serves 4 to 6
Adapted from Good Day for a Picnic
Friday, March 11, 2011
For today's prayer, the Church Ladies recommend these Stations of the Cross meditations from the diocese of Palm Beach. (Click through on the side bar.)
Thursday, March 10, 2011
When the priest put ashes on your forehead yesterday, he reminded you (in Latin) that you are made of dust. But your body of dust is the less important part of the REAL YOU. As if this body were an old garment, you put it off for awhile and go alone to God. You will find God a loving Father if you loved Him and tried to please Him here; and some day you will put on again this same garment made gloriously new and beautiful.Resolve today to show your love by spending a good Lent.Say often through the day:May I so live that I may beReady, dear Lord, when You call for me.
Mediterranean Rice Salad
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh oregano, minced
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/8-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups chopped spinach leaves (fresh ones)
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
In medium sauce pan, bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil, add 1/2 tsp salt and the rice. Turn heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with fork. (I throw mine in a rice cooker--just cook the rice all the way! :)
In a large bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, pepper, pepper flakes and remaining tsp. of salt.
Add rice to dressing and toss to combine. Add spinach, toss and let sit until no longer steaming, about 20 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Serve at room temp or cold.
(from Sunset Magazine, Sept. 2006, shared by bethanyg)
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
29. Announcing each mystery, and perhaps even using a suitable icon to portray it, is as it were to open up a scenario on which to focus our attention. The words direct the imagination and the mind towards a particular episode or moment in the life of Christ. In the Church's traditional spirituality, the veneration of icons and the many devotions appealing to the senses, as well as the method of prayer proposed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises, make use of visual and imaginative elements (the compositio loci), judged to be of great help in concentrating the mind on the particular mystery. This is a methodology, moreover, which corresponds to the inner logic of the Incarnation: in Jesus, God wanted to take on human features. It is through his bodily reality that we are led into contact with the mystery of his divinity.
The Sorrowful Mysteries22. The Gospels give great prominence to the sorrowful mysteries of Christ. From the beginning Christian piety, especially during the Lenten devotion of the Way of the Cross, has focused on the individual moments of the Passion, realizing that here is found the culmination of the revelation of God's love and the source of our salvation. The Rosary selects certain moments from the Passion, inviting the faithful to contemplate them in their hearts and to relive them. The sequence of meditations begins with Gethsemane, where Christ experiences a moment of great anguish before the will of the Father, against which the weakness of the flesh would be tempted to rebel. There Jesus encounters all the temptations and confronts all the sins of humanity, in order to say to the Father: “Not my will but yours be done” (Lk 22:42 and parallels). This “Yes” of Christ reverses the “No” of our first parents in the Garden of Eden. And the cost of this faithfulness to the Father's will is made clear in the following mysteries; by his scourging, his crowning with thorns, his carrying the Cross and his death on the Cross, the Lord is cast into the most abject suffering: Ecce homo!This abject suffering reveals not only the love of God but also the meaning of man himself.Ecce homo: the meaning, origin and fulfilment of man is to be found in Christ, the God who humbles himself out of love “even unto death, death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). The sorrowful mysteries help the believer to relive the death of Jesus, to stand at the foot of the Cross beside Mary, to enter with her into the depths of God's love for man and to experience all its life-giving power.Image credit: Madonna of the Rosary, Minardi
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl. Moral theologians have traditionally considered this also to forbid soups or gravies made from them. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted, as are animal derived products such as margarine and gelatin which do not have any meat taste.On the Fridays outside of Lent the U.S. bishops conference obtained the permission of the Holy See for Catholics in the US to substitute a penitential, or even a charitable, practice of their own choosing. Since this was not stated as binding under pain of sin, not to do so on a single occasion would not in itself be sinful. However, since penance is a divine command, the general refusal to do penance is certainly gravely sinful. For most people the easiest way to consistently fulfill this command is the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year which are not liturgical solemnities. When solemnities, such as the Annunciation, Assumption, All Saints etc. fall on a Friday, we neither abstain or fast.During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere, and it is sinful not to observe this discipline without a serious reason (physical labor, pregnancy, sickness etc.).
The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday [Canon 97] to the 59th Birthday [i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday] to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Such fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast is broken by eating between meals and by drinks which could be considered food (milk shakes, but not milk). Alcoholic beverages do not break the fast; however, they seem contrary to the spirit of doing penance.Those who are excused from fast or abstinence Besides those outside the age limits, those of unsound mind, the sick, the frail, pregnant or nursing women according to need for meat or nourishment, manual laborers according to need, guests at a meal who cannot excuse themselves without giving great offense or causing enmity and other situations of moral or physical impossibility to observe the penitential discipline.Aside from these minimum penitential requirements Catholics are encouraged to impose some personal penance on themselves at other times. It could be modeled after abstinence and fasting. A person could, for example, multiply the number of days they abstain. Some people give up meat entirely for religious motives (as opposed to those who give it up for health or other motives). Some religious orders, as a penance, never eat meat. Similarly, one could multiply the number of days that one fasted. The early Church had a practice of a Wednesday and Saturday fast. This fast could be the same as the Church's law (one main meal and two smaller ones) or stricter, even bread and water. Such freely chosen fasting could also consist in giving up something one enjoys - candy, soft drinks, smoking, that cocktail before supper, and so on. This is left to the individual.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
It is an incredible book and I encourage everyone to find a copy and read it!
For any of you who may be unfamiliar with her, Abby Johnson is a former Planned Parenthood Clinic Director who left her job in 2009 after a dramatic realization (I hesitate to use the word conversion, though many have described it as such).
The clinic she ran just so happened to be the one in Bryan, Texas (near College Station/Texas A&M) - the home of the first 40 Days for Life.
The book is a very fast read. I devoured it in a few hours and my sister did as well. It is gripping, blunt, and speaks right to the heart.
Unplanned traces Abby's path from her college days as a very genuine psychology major who just wanted to help others, to Planned Parenthood volunteer, then staff member, then director and ultimately her escape.
Through the book we see into the heart, not only of Abby, but countless other women and men who fell for the same lies Abby was fed. We see a vivid picture of the pro-life movement and the myriad of tactics used by it - and what hurts and what works. Abby delves into the role of religion and churches in her journey.
Above all, Abby wonderfully shows her readers the complexity of the issues she faced, and asks us -regardless of where we stand - to look at them through the eyes of the other side. Below is her introductory note:
“My story is not a comfortable one to read. I think it’s only fair to warn you of that up front. Not comfortable, but honest and true. As you are about to discover, I’ve spent years on the front lines of the face-off between pro-choice and pro-life advocates. Which side? Both sides. You are about to enter my journey from naïve college girl to director of a Planned Parenthood clinic to advocate for families in crisis, including the unborn members of those families.
“I reveal my story not because I am proud of it. I am not. But my thinking and choices are not unlike those of so many people I have encountered. And until we each set aside our own preferences for how we wish others would think and behave, or how we assume others think and behave, we won’t be able to understand those with whom we differ in order to engage in real dialogue and discover truth.
“To this day I have friends on both sides of this polarizing debate. We all long for a story that shows ‘our’ side is right and good, and ‘their’ side is wrong and bad, don’t we? But I testify that there is good and right and wrong on both sides of the fence. And even more shocking – we have far more in common with the ‘other’ side than we might imagine.
“So what side of the fence are you on? In all likelihood, as you look through the fence, you see faulty thinking and harmful behavior on the other side. Here’s my question for you: are you ready to look through the fence and see goodness, compassion, generosity and self-sacrifice on the other side?
“Did you just feel yourself squirm? If so, welcome to my journey.”
Unplanned is published by Ignatius Press. Visit the book's website here and read the first chapter of the book.
This book is a valuable story for us all. Everyone, pro-life or pro-choice, must read this amazing book.