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Your Go-To Cookbook for Entertaining This Year: Sunday Suppers : A Cookbook Review

Need a new menu for your Thanksgiving feast this year?
How about this one...

Menu
Truffled Turkey with White Wine Gravy
Wild Mushroom and Brioche Stuffing
Cranberry Apple Relish
Buttered Brussels Leaves
Mashed Potatoes
Spiced Pumpkin Creme Brûlée

If that sounds good to you, then run...don't walk to your nearest bookstore to buy Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai.
This unassuming cookbook is chock full of menus and recipes that take common dishes and give them just enough of a twist to make them fresh, while keeping their comforting familiarity. For instance, how about this breakfast:
Cream biscuits with jam butters perfectly scrambled eggs greens blood orange, halved green juice French press coffee 

You'll be vastly popular among your friends if you invite them over for Football Sunday menu:
Whiskey-glazed ribs chili, Texas style Thick-cut fries with pink peppercorn aioli date cake with toffee sauce
Needless to say, I love the simplicity and quirky spins of this fresh and orig…

How to Change Your Mind

Sometimes we just need to change our perspective...


a complete change of view from where we have been...to help us figure out where we want to go next...


and sometimes our minds need a rest, so that our imaginations can soar to new heights.

A Map of Heaven Preview : Chapter Five

Chapter Five The Second Dream: In the Home of the Artist “Hope makes all the difference in the world…it might even save your life.”

The Perfect October Dinner - Individual Stuffed Pumpkins - Kid Friendly Yet Elegant Enough for Date Night at Home

Here is a meal that the entire family can enjoy preparing together, has infinite varieties to suit everyone's taste and it's fun to make! 
This recipe was inspired by a recipe for stuffed pumpkin from Dorie Greenspan's wonderful cookbook: Around My French Table. I've adapted the recipe by using individual sized pumpkins and using different ingredients for the stuffing. 
But that's the beauty of this recipe...you can change the stuffing ingredients to what you have in the pantry or your personal tastes...for instance, if you want a vegetarian meal: skip the sausage and add in eggplant, mushrooms, and spinach that's you've quickly sautéed in olive oil. 


Would you believe that this delicious meal can be prepared in just 10 minutes and then bakes for one and half-hours at 350F degrees...which leaves you plenty of time to get the kids to do their homework, while you relax and enjoy a glass of wine with your spouse.


Three easy steps:


1. Clean out the invidual pumpk…

Where Do You Turn When You Need Answers?

Try this: write down your question on a piece of paper, in the form of a letter to God.
Then sit quietly in meditation and prayer and speak your question to God, as if you were speaking with a friend. 
You are.
Then, open up your Bible and see what God has to say to you about your question. 
Can you find a message that He wants to share with you, to give your guidance, comfort, and the answer you're looking for?

                              ~ * ~
“I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
God’s Decree.
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
they’ll complete the a…

Cookbook Review: Meat and Potatoes by Rahm Fama

At first, I hesitated to order the MEAT AND POTATOES cookbook because over the course of the past six months I've changed my diet to a 'mostly vegetable' based diet. Where I used to eat meat seven days a week, I now have meat twice a week.

Which is not to say that I dislike meat...I love a good steak. Or a grilled veal chop. And bacon is still my friend....

However, my changing the frequency of eating meat has elevated its place. I expect more from the experience, I want it be special.

Which is a perfect way to think about meat's place in our health conscious diet.

And luckily for us, Rahm Fama's cookbook: MEAT AND POTATOES meets that criteria with flying colors.

Fama has created a cookbook of menus in which he takes familiar meat based dishes, puts a tasty twist on their preparation and then pares them with unique side dishes that will have you reaching for this cookbook the next time you want to impress your family with the comfort of meat and potatoes, but with…

A Map of Heaven Preview : Chapter Four

Chapter Four Carpe Diem: Elizabeth Decides Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel to truth, follow beauty, and obey love.

Quick and Easy Chicken Fingers and Red Cabbage Slaw

It's a perfect autumn day here in my corner of Colorado, so we're enjoying lunch outside on the deck. 
I'm keeping it quick and light to match the feeling of the day. I had chicken fingers soaking overnnight in kefir (tastes just liike buttermilk, and you can use that as well to tenderize the chicken meat and give it great flavor).
Then I place about a cup of flour in a gallon-sized zip top plastic bag, added pepper, season salt, and all-purpose herb seasoning, mixed it all togther and then began adding the pieces of chicken fingers a few a time, sealed the bag, and gave it a good shake to coat the chicken.
After that, I fried the chicken in a little bit of canola oil to brown, and then placed them in a 350F oven to finish cooking.
For the slaw, I finely chopped about two cups of red cabbage so that it looked like thin shreds of red confetti. I used a box colander to shred a handful of carrots. Then, since I had a bit of fennel bulb, I shredded that and added it in as well. Co…

Why I Learned to Bake Bread and You Should, Too!

There is something about breaking your first loaf of bread from 'scratch' that is confidence building and leaves you with the sense that you can take on more than you imagined.

At least, that was my experience after I baked my first loaf of bread.

And that first loaf of bread was thanks to Jim Lahey's 'No-knead' long-rise method of making bread. I believe that everyone should bake a loaf of bread from scratch at least once. And then teach the same technique to your children.

Yes, I truly believe that the act of turning bread, water, and yeast into bread is that powerful...it is one of those seminal moments that are confidence building and empowering and will teach you that you are braver and better than you thought you were.

Why?

I believe there is something mystical and elemental about the act of baking bread that doesn't occur in other forms of cooking.

You take flour and water. Both relatively flavorless bland ingredients. You combine them with a teaspoon …

Walking with God - A Self-Employed Job Seeker's Meditation

If you are a long-time reader of this blog, you know that I have been job hunting for a long-time without much luck. It's frustrating because I know that I am qualified and that if given the opportunity that I could be an outstanding contributor to a company.
My first love is writing. I am proud of the books I've written, because they represent a dream-come-true. When I left my investment banking job in New York, almost 20 years ago, it was to discover and pursue a career I loved. I sincerely believe that writing is that career. Unfortunately, at present I do not make enough from the sale of my books to call this sustaining.
So, I have been looking for other ways to supplement my income. During the upcoming holiday season, I will be starting a home based baking service to supplement my income.  


That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil-this is the gift of God. ~Ecclesiates 3:31
I know that God wants us to be 'fruitful', that He values our e…