Hubby's family doesn't really make holiday dinners the way most folks imagine. One year, dinner came from a can, the gravy from a packet and dessert from Sara Lee. It was all processed and bought. The last Christmas dinner was purchased from Simek's freezer case and set out in the aluminum trays they came in and we ate on paper plates while sitting on the floor. Nothing is wrong with these things, but to have years worth of family holiday dinners this way leaves one yearning for a good home-cooked meal.
Now that my kids are a bit older, I'm having Easter dinner at my house. Growing up we always spent holidays with my mom's family and they did holidays up big. Well, not big per se, but they lovingly cooked and labored to provide a wonderful meal where everyone sat down to a beautiful table with the good china and linen napkins.
And we say grace before meals despite hubby's family being Lutheran.
So, if you're in the neighborhood, you're welcome to dinner.
We're having the prerequisite ham along with... scalloped potatoes garlic green beans with bacon and slivered almonds harvard beets wild rice baked cinnamon apples herbed dinner rolls and carrot cake for dessert
Mmm, mmmm, mmmmmmm.
The bread book I have, The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking, by Brother Rick Curry, SJ, has some good recipes for Holy Week. With the tridiuum starting tomorrow, he has a recipe for Spy Wednesday Biscuits.
Spy Wednesday Biscuits Total time: 3 hours
1 package active dry yeast 1 cup warm water 4 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup chilled vegetable shortening, cut into bits 1/2 cup currants, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and drained 1 cup buttermilk cornmeal 2/3 cup butter, melted and cooled.
Combine the yeast and water in a small bowl, stirring until yeast is dissolved. Set aside for 5 minutes.
Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the shortening until the mixture is the texture of coarse cornmeal. Add the currants. Stir in the yeast mixture and buttermilk, just until all the ingredients are moistened.
Grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal or line with parchment paper.
Turn out on a floured surface and knead gently for 2 minutes. Roll or pat the dough into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rounds with a 2 1/2 inch floured biscuit cutter. (Scraps can be gently kneaded together and rolled and cut.) Dip each biscuit into the melted butter and place 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk -- about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bake about 15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm or transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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"Catholic office holders, whether presidents, senators, congress men or women, or judges at any level must adhere to Catholic teaching or run the risk of separating themselves from the Body of Christ. In such egregious and chronic cases of gross moral evil such as instituting and perpetuating abortion and the structures of sin that surround it, it is quite probable that such Catholic officials are excommunicated in virtue of the acts themselves. A latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication is likely triggered when they vote for laws, funding, and structures that enable and perpetuate such obvious and egregious evil (Cf. Code of Canon Law, Canons 1364,1398; Canon 1329, par. #2). They are in turn forbidden from approaching the sacraments as the result (Cf. Catechism of Catholic Church #1463)."
"It is not morally possible for any Catholic to support abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning, or same-sex marriage. There are no ways around this, no justifications whatever. Why? For the simple reason that the Church holds these things to be intrinsically evil. They are evil in themselves, and no circumstances or subjective conditions can ever change that."