Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cooking Tips

I love to cook and consider myself a pretty good cook, but good cooking techniques evolved over many years.  Here's a few simple but often overlooked things you can do to make things flow smoother. 

First, get a sink of hot soapy water going.  As you use pots, pans, or any utensils, it's easier to wash up as you go along;  It will make the job easier and when you're done cooking, you will have little to clean up but the dishes and maybe a pan soaking.

Try to calculate the cooking times for the courses you are preparing so that you can sort of have things ready at the same time.  It can be tricky at times.  Sometimes, the meat or other big pot is not done as you expected, so it has to cook longer.  This can throw things off and you have to learn how to nip, tuck, and adapt.

Prep your foods so that they are available whenever you need them.  For example, I will peel and slice my onions and place in a dish or bowl.  I do the same with garlic, and any other thing that has to be washed, cut, diced, sliced or otherwise.  I use a few more bowls or dishes, but my ingredients are at the ready.  Remember the sink and hot soapy water? 

Assemble all the things you need so that you don't have to go in search of Curry Powder or Turmeric. 

Use a ledger to record times of your cooking progress.  Make note of what time you put something in the oven, or grill, or anywhere. 

Bon Appetite

Friday, March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014

Friday of the First Week of Lent


Reading 1 ez 18:21-28

Thus says the Lord GOD:
If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed,
if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.
None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;
he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced.
Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?
says the Lord GOD.
Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way
that he may live?

And if the virtuous man turns from the path of virtue to do evil,
the same kind of abominable things that the wicked man does,
can he do this and still live?
None of his virtuous deeds shall be remembered,
because he has broken faith and committed sin;
because of this, he shall die.
You say, “The LORD’s way is not fair!”
Hear now, house of Israel:
Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,
it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
But if the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed,
does what is right and just,
he shall preserve his life;
since he has turned away from all the sins that he committed,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.
Click on link below to hear Psalm


Responsorial Psalm ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8

R. (3) If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?               

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication.
R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.
R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
I trust in the LORD;
my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the LORD
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
Let Israel wait for the LORD.
R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
For with the LORD is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities.
R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?


Gospel mt 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
unless your righteousness surpasses that
of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment,
and whoever says to his brother, Raqa,
will be answerable to the Sanhedrin,
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court.
Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
and you will be thrown into prison.
Amen, I say to you,
you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Oatmeal Honey Bread

Oatmeal Honey Bread




1 cup rolled oats

2 cups boiling water

½ cup Honey

2 tsp salt

2 Tbs Butter


1 pack yeast

½ warm water


In large bowl, combine 1st set ingredients & let sit for one hour.


Then, combine yeast & warm water in small bowl and sit for 10 min.

Add yeast mix to oat mix, and slowly add about 4 cups flour.

Mix and turn out on floured board and knead for about 10 minutes.

Place in greased bowl to rise about 1 ½ hours.

Punch dough down on board, divide in two, and shape into loaves.

Grease a cooking sheet, sprinkle some corn meal on it, and place loaves.

Cover and let rise one hour.

Bake at 350 for about 45 min to 1 hour.

As bread is cooling, drizzle honey over tops and sprinkle some rolled oats.