Showing posts with label Feast Day Recipe Hack. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Feast Day Recipe Hack. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

Sugar Cookie Recipe can be found here:  Best Sugar Cookies

We are not Irish, Pete can claim a little, but our combined heritage is definitely German.  Does that keep us from celebrating St. Patrick's Day - no way...we are good Catholics after all!

The way I prepare Corned Beef and Cabbage for my large family is by using my roaster as if it was a crock pot.

Corned Beef and Cabbage:

2 large marinated corned beef cuts from Sams
2 large green cabbages
10 yukon gold potatoes cut in half length wise
2 large yellow onions chopped up in chunks
2 long neck beers - preferably a stout beer and of course Guiness if you have it.

I place all in the roaster, pour the beer over top and place the heat at 250 and let it cook all day.  I check it on and off to turn the cabbage if it is drying out.  One hour prior to eating, I turn the heat up to 350.
This imparts the most tender corned beef ever, it practically falls apart.

Next day...

Reuben Sandwiches:

leftover corned beef sliced thin
Swiss cheese slices
Thousand Island dressing
Bubbies Saurkraut
Rye Bread

I heat the corned beef slices up by sauteing them in a pan with a little butter.  Once heated up, I cook the Reuben's they way you might make grilled cheese:

butter the rye bread, place it on the skillet
add corned beef
add sauerkraut
1 tbs of Thousand Island dressing
add Swiss cheese
place buttered rye bread on top
cook both sides until evenly browned

Serve with chips and enjoy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

How Does A Southern Family Celebrate the Day The Sun Danced???

Well with Lemon Bars and Hoppin' John of course!

The Feast Day for Fatima is actually May 13th - 
today, October 13th is the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun.  

Lemon Bars:

For the crust:
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt

For the Filling:
7 eggs *best at room temp*
3 cups sugar
Zest from 3 lemons
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup flour

Powder sugar for after they are done baking - dust the tops.

Preheat oven to 350

Cream the butter and sugar together in kitchen aide bowl fit with paddle.  Combine the flour, salt and add to butter/sugar mixture and mix until just blended.  Dump dough into prepared 9 x 13 baking dish and press out until crust is about 1/2 inch.  Bake at 350 for about 15 mins.  You only want it lightly brown.

With whisk attachment for kitchaide, mix eggs, sugar, and lemon zest.  Add lemon juice and flour - Blend until there are no flour lumps.  Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 mins.  Let cool to room temperature and then dust with powder sugar.


I used Pioneer Woman's Hoppin John this time and it is delicious!  
Recipe can be found here, Hoppin John

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Feast of Epiphany

*roasted lamb recipe link here, Barefoot Contessa*

Today, I made a huge lunch for the Feast of Epiphany - I love Sunday Dinners.  Growing up we often went to my Grandma Ruth's house for Sunday Dinner or sometimes we went to El Chico's.  I enjoyed seeing my cousins and having this time together. As we grew up and families broke up, these Sunday Dinners grew nonexistent.  Now that my kids are growing up, I'm trying to bring it back.  We usually attend Mass on Saturday so I don't see anything standing in my way of Sunday Dinners.
My oldest son is returning to college before next Sunday, so I made some of his favorites today.  They also worked well for the Feast of Epiphany.
 (Lamb of God)
Steamed Broccoli with Lemon Pepper
(flecks of gold)
Whipped Potatoes
(with a dab of butter in the middle we called them star potatoes)
and for dessert
(which was previously shared under another name, for the appropriate feast day)

We are leaving soon for a Symphony Performance of Peter & The Wolf, a very dear friend of mine's husband is the conductor.  I'll share more about our afternoon with the Orchestra soon!

*Whipped Potatoes*
Peel and chop about 2 quarts worth of potatoes
Boil until tender
In mixer with beater attachment add to drained potatoes
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 stick butter
2 Tbs cream cheese
1/4 cup buttermilk.

Whip until smooth - I add chives to this sometimes - very delicious!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy Feast of The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God & New Years Day

I absolutely love this artwork.  It is done by Morgan Weistling and is Kissing The Face Of God.

We celebrated our Solemnity/New Years Feast a day early since my Marine had to head back to Camp Pendleton early this morning.  We will enjoy the leftovers today  (everyone knows food tastes even better the next day). 
 When I was a new Catholic, I remember being a little taken aback at the idea that New Years Day was a Holy Day of Obligation.  I was young, and the idea of sleeping in on New Years Day appealed to me since staying up past midnight had ended the year.  Once I reflected, I realized how wonderful it is that we begin our year at Mass and to celebrate Mary the Mother of God just after celebrating his birth. It is so perfectly timed.  We went to Mass at 9:30 this morning (after Pete drove our son to the airport very early) and enjoyed seeing family and friends there, what a beautiful way to start 2014!  To learn more about this Feast Day, visit Catholic Culture here, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

We  celebrate this day with Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Black Eyed Peas (recipe at end), Cornbread, and turnip greens.  This year I also made...
 Apple Pie (recipe at end)
With a Streusel topping

Here are 9 of the best reasons to live a life of love and do my best as their mother.  I have so many hopes and prayers for 2014, but my most cherished prayer is to keep them all safe and to love them all deeply and always to impart our beautiful Catholic Faith to their hearts.

 Happy Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, 
Mother of God  
Happy New Years 

Black Eyed Peas:

soak 2, 16 oz pkgs black eyed peas over night.  Drain and discard water they soaked in overnight.
place peas in crock pot and set to high
add a ham hock or left over ham slices
1 box chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste.
Cook about 6-8 hours.

Apple Pie: (I double this and bake in a 9 x 13 pan, add an addition 10 mins of baking time)
Use my pie crust (so easy and delicious)

4 large tart apples
1 cup sugar
3 Tbs. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Peel, core, and slice apples then place into pie shell (about 4 cups).
In a small bowl, mix sugar, flour, and cinnamon.  Beat the egg in a medium bowl, and add the cream and vanilla.  Add the sugar mixture to the egg mixture and blend well.  Pour over the apples.  Place in a 350 degree oven and bake for 20 mins.  While this is baking....

Prepare Streusel Topping:
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
 speck of kosher salt
1/2 cup butter, COLD
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (I use pecans too)

In a food processor, mix the first 6 ingredients.  Add butter and process until mixture is crumbly; it should still have a dry look to it - do no over process.  Add nuts and when the first 20 mins of baking are done, take out the apple pie and sprinkle the streusel over top.  Place back in oven and bake an additional 40 mins.

Serve with vanilla ice cream - SOOO divine!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Iced In Feast of St. Nicholas

*that is about 90% ice and 10% snow, and it is still coming down*
Well, in typical fashion I did not get the gold coins in time for a big ice storm to hit .The store I purchase them at, I never seem to be there without some or all of my children.  I didn't order them (like I should have) because I kept thinking, 'why should I order something that I can buy right here in town'.  So, we got iced in yesterday, the eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas and no gold coins to place in shoes.  I, being the Feast Day Recipe Hack that I am celebrate this day by making homemade hot cocoa 
*recipe at bottom of post*

and waffles for a brunch.  
*recipe found in quick links*

We celebrate by declaring it a PJ day and then let the merriment take over.
We will also open this book tonight:

So here are some tips I've learned through the years when kids are trapped inside due to weather.  The 'fun' of it all usually dissolves somewhere around 2-4 pm.  I've learned to implement these strategies to keep life happy throughout the time we are snug at home.

*A messy house happens quickly when everyone is in 'lazy' mode.  Don't let 'lazy' mode take over.  I believe my kids should do chores because I say so, but on days like this I try to make it fun.  
-Put bandannas on little boys heads like pirates and tell them to swab the deck - clean floors
-Let your princess dress up as Cinderella and hand her a cloth with a little dusting oil on it - don't worry if it isn't done perfectly just let her enjoy being Cinderella.  We even sing the song adding their name + 'CinderFaith, CinderFaith night and day it's Cinder Faith do the dishes and the mopping..she's always cleaning something' .  Here is a little fact, I sing this tune to my boys when they grumble and complain about doing chores only I add their name.  Gets a smile every time!

*Give each child a bag and set the timer, see who can fill their bag the quickest and have it full before the timer goes off - only trash.
-Do this again, but have them fill a basket with items that need to be picked up.  Who can fill it and put the items back where they belong the quickest.  
~Prizes can be very simple, you get to take a color bath
 (for the very young, which means add food coloring to bath water, my little kids love this)
you get the first mug of cocoa
you get to help Mom prepare a meal or snack. 
 Keep it simple and within the resources you already have at home - no promises for later, rewards need to be now.

*Do NOT watch TV all day.  We don't have cable, but we do have Netflix and tons of movies.  Letting kids lounge around absorbed in entertainment will create strife.  You may get peace now, but everyone will explode at some point.  Get them up and burning energy by tackling a project together or even doing fun creative exercises in the house.  
-Windsprints up and down stairs and time them (only 1 kiddo at the time though) - yes!
-Jumping Jacks - who can go the longest
-push up contest, same idea about endurance
The list goes on, it has a huge pay off in that everyone burns energy and it actually helps maintain peace in the long run.  Once their energy is up and going let them enjoy some out door time if it is safe.

*Games!  Card games, board games, play charades, spoons, Simon says, Spelling Bee, puzzles

*Let them bake with you, if you have power.  Make homemade playdough, I don't care how old you are play dough is fun!

*Edited to add this final tip.  Mom's you will enjoy this time SO MUCH MORE if you get that shower in, even if you put your pj's on after it.  Feeling fresh and put together is a game changer and will help you stay in a happier frame of mind.  Also, if a power outage is expected - everyone should take a bath or shower.  Who knows how long it will be before power is back on and clean children make for better dispositions!!!  As much as I hate to say this, catch up that laundry if a power outage is possible.  There is nothing worse than power coming back on with all the dirty laundry for during the outage + the clothes not done before it.  Talk about feeling defeated - Moms, plan ahead!!!!

Enjoy this family time together and embrace the creativity that flows from Necessity being the Mother of Invention!

Homemade Playdough:
2 cups flour
2 cups water
1/2 cup salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
food coloring - paste colors are brightest

1.  Bring water to boil.  Remove from stove.
2.  Stir in cream of tartar, salt, flour, vegetable oil and food coloring until mixture is well mixed and forms a ball.
3.  Let cool, knead and store in a plastic bag.  Stores longer in fridge, just bring it to room temp. to play with.

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
dash salt
1/3 cup water
4 cups milk
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in saucepan on stove with a medium heat setting.  Stir until well blended and then heat to very warm or hot depending on your preference.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

St. Teresa of Avila - Chicken Stew With Lighter than Air Dumplings

Here I go again, being a Feast Day Recipe Hack.  
St. Teresa of Avila's Feast Day was October 15th
I know she was brilliant, a Doctor of the Church, but I strongly suspect she had as sense of humor.  When I read some of her quotes and stories I am inspired, and usually a few of them spark some imaginative ideas among our children about her humility allowing her to laugh at herself (sometimes, I know she also begged for no more public favors).  I might be wrong, but I love the thought that she did have a sense of humor so and with that in mind I decided to hack my Chicken Stew with Dumplings into a recipe just for her.  The dumplings are very light and the stew is hearty, so why not - think about it.

I begin by making stock.  Take a whole chicken, add chopped up veggies (celery, onions, carrots, garlic etc..) and boil on the stove with herbs (parsley, kosher salt, pepper, sage, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, celery salt)  I usually simmer this for several hours, then I place a colander on top of another pot and pour the stock through to catch all the veggies, the chicken and allowing the broth to be caught in the pan I intend to make the stew in.  I take out 2 cups of broth and set that aside.  I allow 1 cup to cool to add to the dumplings and I mix about 1/2 cup corn starch into the other cooled broth and mix until corn starch is completely dissolved and set aside to add a bit later.

Dumplings are pretty much biscuits with a few tweaks.  I take 2 cups flour, 4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 cup shortening.  Mix dry ingredients first then cut in the shortening.  Once shortening is blended well make a well in the center and add 1 cup broth.  If you need more liquid, add milk but you don't want to dumplings too wet so mix well before adding anything.  Roll out dough and then take a pizza cutter and cut into squares. 
Now go back to the broth, turn the heat up to high medium and add chopped up carrots and frozen peas (sometimes I add corn too)  I always discard the veggies from stock and add fresh at this stage.  I also season the broth if it needs more.  This can be by your preference, but I generally add more salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.  Add the corn starch blend you mixed up and stir it in good.
Once the broth is at a good rolling boil start dropping in the dumplings - DO NOT STIR!  I'm serious, don't stir it because it will break down your dumplings.  I use a wooden spoon to push them aside a bit to allow more to be added, but I never stir until the dumplings start to look like they are done.  They will first puff up and then start settling down.  I keep the lid on the pot at this stage and cook about 20 more minutes to allow the stew to thicken up.  When you do begin stirring, do so very gently.

Voila and yum!  This is my husbands most favorite meal!  It may be a lot of steps, but it is actually easy to make and all those steps are worth it because you end up with a very hearty stew full of flavor.

While we ate the meal we passed around text with St. Teresa of Avila quotes in it.  It is such a wonderful change to go from always instructing and teaching while your children are young to see those minds formed and adding to the discussion about a Saint.  Hearing how they understand a quote and what it means to them is a lesson for the parents as well.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

St. Faustina's Polish Soup

You should know, I'm a notorious 'feast day' recipe hack.  Which means, I take a recipe and 'make'  it work for the feast day, not the other way around.  I learned pretty quickly that I do not cook well when trying other country's recipes.  I do really well when I try to make something have a 'feel' of that country.
The goal is for my kids to learn, and for us to enjoy a meal together.

Saturday, the Feast for St. Faustina Kowalska was actually cold and rainy.  The perfect day for a soup, that I dubbed Polish because it had sausage in it - and that might be stretching it because it wasn't technically Polish Sausage 'ahem' but, for my children's sake it was a soup we already love and therefore I christened it St. Faustina's soup for the sake of the Feast Day and the soup didn't have a name anyway, so it was meant to be.  *recipe at bottom of post*

I did not make these.  I looked up Polish Desserts online and found this website.  I knew our local Sam's carried these and being pressed for time - I picked up a box.  The kids loved them and I appreciated getting to provide a Polish treat without any more kitchen time.  Don't get me wrong, I love to cook & bake but Saturday was filled to the brim, we didn't make it to the Symphony Concert, because our day was so jam packed.

What would I do without these Turkey's I just do not know.  They keep me in laughing, and I love watching their sense of humor develop!  I also love watching their Faith grow, I enjoy Feast Days so that we can learn about the Saint but also about the country they are from.  

St. Faustina's Soup
2 lbs sausage (you could be on your game and actually buy polish sausage for this, I know it would be delicious)
1 small yellow onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
(I usually soak Great Northern Dry Beans and cook those for this, but Saturday was busy, so I used cans)
2 can butter beans
2 cans Capelini Beans
2 can Northern Beans
(Basically just use any white beans you like, but remember the salt content will be greater so taste before over salting)
2 bunch kale washed and torn into shreds
Chicken Broth (I use 2 boxes)
Salt/Pepper to taste

Cook Sausage with onions and garlic, add to crock pot.  Add remaining ingredients.  Simmer on low all day, serve with hearty bread or croutons.  Sooooo yummy!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Michaelmas ~ Feast of the Archangels

We enjoyed spending the day at our Parish Fun Family Fall Fest which was so wonderful and fun, I did not mind at all that our focus for the Archangels kind of got bumped to today, which is also the Feast of St. Jerome (and not to be forgotten).  We plan to color some of Charlotte's Coloring Pages and go over stories about our Archangels, including St. Michael and St. Jerome (his information is currently in the Catholic Culture Widget below).

I did manage to bake up this Texas Sheet Cake for dessert.  I do love a good Sunday dinner, which is made all the better when cousins, family, and friends join us!
For more ideas for Michaelmas please visit Catholic Cuisine!

*When visiting Charlotte's coloring pages, just scroll down to the Month of September and there you will find a link to the coloring pages for the Archangels.

Texas Sheet Cake

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup buttermilk (no substitutes)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup cocoa
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Chocolate Icing for frosting (recipe to follow)
Preheat oven to 400 F.  Mix sugar, flour, soda, and cinnamon into mixing bowl of kitchen-aide.  Whisk together remaining ingredients until smooth and add to dry ingredients.  Mix well.  Pour into prepared baking dish (you can use a 9 x 13, but I prefer the baking stone from Pampered Chef that is the large bar pan, if you get one please consider purchasing from my good friend Leanne. and I don't get any kick backs for saying that, I just love her and want to support her in her business!)
Bake for 20 minutes.  Spread chocolate icing over cake while hot!  Then sprinkle with thin sliced almonds.

Chocolate Icing:

1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cups powder sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix milk and cocoa until moth in a large saucepan.  Add butter and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until butter melts.  Remove from heat and stir in sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Pour over hot cake and sprinkle with almonds or toasted pecans.

Monday, May 20, 2013


My gifts! 
We took a few photos the other day.  I have some fabulous out-takes that I would LOVE to share but son #2 who was being particularly funny has not given permission for facebook or the blog so I have to wait to share them here.  This is one of the favorites from that session. (It is next to impossible to get them all smiling)
I plan to do a few more sessions before #2 leaves for Marine Corp boot camp.

On the feast of Pentecost we enjoyed Pentecost Bean Soup
(which is really 15 bean soup, and I dubbed it 12 Bean of the Spirit Soup for our Feast Day)
It is a simple recipe of:
*soak your beans in water over night
*discard water
*place beans and fresh water (enough to cover beans) in the crock pot with left over ham you enjoyed earlier in the week.
*Start cooking before you leave for Mass
*Enjoy for dinner on the Feast of Pentecost

Cornbread, which I did a cheat on this year.  Imagine getting in the middle of preparation only to discover that you do not have enough buttermilk and there is no other milk in the house.
7-Up to the rescue 
(thanks to #8 being sick last week and having a surplus of 7-Up in the house)
The 7-Up did not change the flavor but that was the lightest cornbread ever - I will be using it again!
*Recipe at bottom of post*

!Fruit of the Spirit Cobbler!
1 stick butter melted in 9 x 13 pan
1 stick butter melted on stovetop (or in microwave)
1 can cherry pie filling
1 can crushed pineapple in juice
1 box white or yellow cake mix
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
pour that 2nd stick of melted butter over top
Bake in 325 degree oven about 30 minutes.

We then took a bike ride, family walk at our local park and enjoyed a very fun Sunday.
We were especially thankful to have Linus feeling better after being very sick all week!

2 sticks butter melted
 (I melt these in my 9 x 13 inch pan so that the pan gets really hot before pouring in the completed batter - makes for a crispy outer crust on the cornbread)
4 eggs (for best results use room temperature eggs)
2 cups flour
2 cups cornmeal
1 TBS baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk

I mix all ingredients except the melted butter in my mixer, then add melted butter.  If batter is still too stiff I add a splash of buttermilk until it is the consistency of pancake batter.
Pour into hot ,greased 9 x 13 pan and place in 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
Serve with fresh butter!

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