Pampered Chef — My Top-Ten (+ One) Favorite Products

Top ten? Only ten? Now that’s a challenge — I love Pampered Chef!

I couldn’t do it. There’s eleven. So shoot me.

Beat me with the Bamboo Tongs. Hit me over the head with the Executive Stir-Fry Skillet. Use mine. I can take it. If you’re already a fan of PC, you understand the challenge. If you’ve never used these great products, I hope this list inspires you to begin investing now–one by one. (If you’ve already begun shopping, after you click on the product–you can add Sue Donaldson as your Host and it will help support this blog – Thanks!)

Pampered Chef -- Top-Ten Favorite Products

I’ve used Pampered Chef kitchen tools for the last 20 years. Their products make prepping and  cooking and baking for my family and friends more fun and efficient. I love hosting Pampered Chef parties because everyone has a good time. We eat. We make new friends. We eat. We see cool products. We eat. We talk about our favorite kitchen tools. We eat. We watch great food prepped and cooked in front of our faces. Then we eat that great food.
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If you live nearby, contact my favorite Pampered Chef Queen, Cindy Langford, so you can host a party and get free products. She’s lovely and gracious and you will love her. Beautiful, no?

I asked my FB friends to tell me THEIR favorite products – Thank you, friends. You showed me this needed to be a Top 20+ List! My nephew, Richard, just weighed in today–his pick? The Mix ‘n Masher. He added, “The Mix ‘n Masher has applications so universal that the only other tool I bother with is a knife!” Oh, no! It’s not on this list, but I do love it! (Richard, I’m feeling real good about now if I indeed gave you that for a wedding gift…)

One misconception may be is this: Pampered Chef’s expensive. You may even wonder: “Does Jesus mind if we pamper ourselves?” (I’ll comment on that in another blog.) Suffice it here to say: a zillion or so of these products are under $20.00. I save up for the heftier items–like my wonderful no-fail turkey Roasting Pan with Rack, or I host a party and get them for free or for 60% off. And you know–you get what you pay for. Quality saves money. (That’s what I tell my Man-in-Plaid – I cost him a lot, but I’m quality. It bears repeating.) Back to the List: remember, I’ve been collecting for years and will continue to–Cindy told me yesterday, “Just wait til you see what we offer in our next catalog!” I can wait for now. This list was hard enough to narrow down to ten so–as you recall–I didn’t.

To order any items from this post–click on the product, type ‘Sue Donaldson’ under Host and start shopping.

Pampered Chef -- Top-Ten Favorite Products

My Top Ten+One Favorite Pampered Chef Products

1. Easy Read Measuring Cups Set – These three cups are angled so you can read the measures inside the cup and not break your neck while figuring out what you just poured in! (Genius)

2. Stainless Steel Scoops – 3 sizes for cookies, fillings, salads

3. Batter Bowls (1 qt., 2 qt.) – We are big chocolate chip pancake fans and these batter bowls make my Sunday brunches easy as pie–easier, actually.

4. Garlic Press – You don’t peel your garlic–it’s kinda magic–so your hands never smell like garlic (but your pasta does. Yumm.)

5. Micro Cookers (3 sizes if you include the Rice Cooker Plus) – I love the Small Micro-Cooker the most for melting butter. Vented lids for straining when you micro vegetables. Lots of bang for your buck with these puppies.

6. Mini-mix ‘n Scraper – This little giant is made for PC’s handy dandy Manual Food Processor, but I use it almost daily for scraping and mixing – so versatile! (Can I add here: all the Scrapers are the best–heat resistant to 650 degrees!)

7. Food Chopper – Great for chopping onions and peppers and nuts! Easy clean-up on top rack of the dishwasher.

8. Stainless Mesh Colanders -Set of 3 for a 3-year guarantee; I’ve had mine for 6 years and they look brand-new.

9. RockCrock Dutch Oven – I can sear meat or sauté veggies on top of the stove, microwave, and bake AND it’s dishwasher-friendly — a one-pan wonder! It comes in 3 sizes, but you may as well get the big one while you’re at it. My sister gave me that advice, and I took it.

10. Stoneware – (PChef Stoneware anything–is that cheating?) My favorite is the Small Ridged Baker which makes eating bacon less of a sin.

11. Can Opener – Really? Yes. This humble tool is the best – no sharp edges on your cans and a little magnet deal-ly that lifts the lid right off! Again, genius.

 

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O, Taste & See: God’s Will–Somewhere Between Terror and Joy

O, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who finds refuge in Him.

Psalm 34:8

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Do you know God’s will when you hear it? It can be somewhere between terror and joy.

When I asked Susan to write a guest post; I loved her response–“…excitement AND a total pit of fear…”

I did pray about writing – and while I am very willing to contribute – I know that writing isn’t what floats my boat (otherwise known as spiritual gifts! I’ve learned that when God is at work directing me, I get this wonderful feeling of excitement and a total pit of fear in my stomach all at the same time. Not a very scientific or theological response, but it is the right-on key for me knowing I am to pursue the “call” : ).

See? Excitement and terror, all at the same time. For Susan, this funny combination works as a sign —the right-on key— that God is in this–no matter the butterflies, nausea or downright terror.

I’ve felt that way before. God niggles away at my brain–“This is from Me, Sue. Pay attention.” Or He may need the sledgehammer–“Did you hear Me, Sue? You prayed and this is how I’m answering. Now PAY ATTENTION AND SAY ‘YES.'” Excited? Yes. Scared spitless? Yes.

God’s call may include terror on your part. I see terror all over Scripture. Moses. Joshua. The guy with the donkey.

Our pastor said,

Don’t use fear as a reason not to obey. Terror combined with excitement equals the life you’re meant to live. I’m reminded of zip lining (which I hated–BTW–the first five out of six times) – out on a limb with only God holding it up.

Only God. Now there’s an oxymoron for you. And I am a moron when I don’t take the line and zip away.

I had to do it. My family was waiting for me all across that very big canyon. They waited awhile.

trusting God no matter how deep and how far

“O, taste and see the power of God first-hand when you hear His voice and do what He asks; blessed and excited and delighted and scared is the one who goes ahead–believing and leaning and holding on for dear life–for it is a dear life with Him.” Today’s Psalm 34:8

This week:

Think about a time when you knew God was talking to you and you didn’t like what He was saying. How did you respond?

What did you learn about God from obeying anyway? 

What verse of Scripture helps you most and best when afraid?

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Chocolate on Mondays: Preparing The Table For My Family (Guest Post)

Does your hospitality begin at home? How do you prepare the table for your family? 

I admit it. I can lose sight of my own family in the process of welcoming the world to my door. Our guest post today reminds (convicts?) me, I need to serve my girls, my husband–first and foremost.

I Peter 4:9 reads: “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

That “one another” includes those closest to us–so close they are underfoot at times, and hanging on our shirttails. Do our kids feel welcome in their own home? And do they feel free to invite their friends? My friend, Susan Anderson, writes from Psalm 23 how God is teaching her about hospitality to her family.

Thank you, Susan–Welcome to Chocolate on Mondays!

 

The Lord is my Shepherd so I have no wants since–

He prepares the table,

He provides still and sparkling waters,

He restores my soul,

Our cups run over,

Goodness and Mercy are the expected.

True confession:  for years whenever I read the 23rd Psalm, this is what my mind would see (and I STILL believe to be true) —- a table beautifully set in a clean, serene location with chocolate truffles at each place setting; a soothing place of respite free from chaos–no mosquitos or flies or ants–just like a Pottery Barn catalog from any season (sigh.)

Preparing your table for your family

 

But I’m afraid the young shepherd, David, had this in mind while writing his beloved Psalm 23:

Preparing your table

 

(Can you hear the baaa-ing? Can you smell…never mind.)

The shepherd’s job is to go out ahead of the flocks to clear the paths–removing anything that could cause injury, watching out for “pot holes,” getting rid of toxic weeds that could sicken the sheep. He looked for still waters (apparently sheep don’t like it running,) and for predators because sheep don’t eat when nervous. (I can relate to that part!)

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And, when the flocks arrived, the shepherds seldom rested but continuously watched with the intent to protect.

Isn’t this why everyone loves the Twenty-third Psalm? We like the idea of God going ahead of us, looking out for us and protecting us. And if we’re smart, we admit we’re dumb — like sheep who need a Shepherd.

Years ago, when our sons were young, God brought my version of Psalm 23 to my attention. God said I am to be Jesus to others, mosquitos or not.

Dinner time with my flock came every day around the same time. I had to plan, consciously or otherwise – where to eat, what to eat, when to eat, how much time it will take to cook–poison didn’t enter my mind although my kids may have thought so when it came to green vegetables.

Preparing. Providing. Yep, I was pretty good at doing these for my family.

But, what about Restoring? When I come to God’s table, He restores my soul – whether it is a longing of my heart, a passing fancy, a thirst for encouragement or a need for correction!

Were the souls around my table being “restored?” Had my table been “prepared?” Did I have a plan in place for stumbling blocks to conversation (insults, sarcasm)–toxic situations that may come up (hurt feelings, past offenses) to be “removed?” Was my “table-land” one of sparkling, invigorating “still” waters vs one of competition? Did I make it a place without fear of evil and where paths of righteousness were being discussed? Were goodness and mercy expected as part of the meal?

God showed me that preparing the table for my family meant far more than just food if I wanted my children to look forward to spending time together and to experience Jesus at our table.

The Lord is my Shepherd and I have no wants because…

He’s that kind of Shepherd. I want to pass on that Shepherd to my family and my guests.

How’s your preparation going today? I can only prepare and restore when I’ve spent time at God’s table on a continual basis. I want my family to know God better – to taste His goodness – to know Him as their Shepherd as they come to eat and love and enjoy. I want our souls restored.

–Susan Anderson

Continue the conversation:

Does your family ever get “lost in the shuffle” in providing for another’s need?

Do you find it easier to present the peace and kindness of Jesus when company’s coming rather than “only” your immediate family?

What can you do this week to prepare a table with “soul restoration” in mind for those at your table?

We can really only control ourselves – and even that is hard without the help of the Holy Spirit. Submit yourself to Him today and ask Him to prepare a table for you first. Ask Him for help in offering His peace and grace to the munchkins and teens who come for food as well. Leave the results of soul restoration to Him. That’s the Shepherd’s job.

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Susan Anderson is passionate about loving Jesus and her family: Glenn, her husband of 41 years, their 4 sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren. Bible teacher, conference speaker and MOPS mentor, she currently volunteers teaching English to adult ESL students and as a reading tutor for children.

For more stories about hosting the world for Jesus’s sake, see Chocolate on Mondays above on the menu bar.

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Feast on Friday: Tex-Mex Salad (Double-Duty) and Gratitude Napkins

I made Tex-Mex Salad for the first time this week from the Moore Family 70th Anniversary Cookbook. I used it last night and this morning — double-duty did quite well, thank you very much.

Moore Family Cookbook

Mary’s friends were driving through on their five day Let’s-Photograph-the-West-Coast tour, and one special friend (Fran, a fellow Duck from U.of O.) is vegetarian – or pescatarian, as I later found out. I asked around for some great entrees to serve these beauties and besties, and Lori suggested Tex-Mex Salad. They loved it! Of course, it was the first home-cooked meal in a while, but I’m still glad they loved it. I served Texan alongside Italian (Lemon Artichoke Pasta – a keeper – stay tuned.)

FullSizeRenderThey also loved Deep, Dark Chocolate Cake (Mary’s holding what’s left.) You can find that energy-boosting-while-traveling dessert here. It’s a personal fave and easier than a cake mix and oh, so much better…even the second day. (Also, double-duty when any is left…) Melissa and Jamie came for coffee today and we finished it off along with the Tex-Mex. A great combination if you’ve never tried it!

FullSizeRenderAs Melissa suggested wisely: “Chocolate is for any time of day.” (I knew I liked her.) Note: my friends don’t always come color-coordinated, but aren’t they adorable?? I may be blond in my next life.

Feast on Friday: Tex-Mex Salad (Double-Duty)
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Recipe type: Side or Main Dish
Cuisine: Texan!
Prep time: 
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Serves: 6-8
 
I made this a day ahead because Mary's friends were to arrive before I got home from work. I could tell they were college students because I wouldn't have been able to get my little ones to eat onion, peppers and cilantro! To make into a main dish without a vegetarian in attendance, I might add sliced cooked chorizo or smoked sausage.
Ingredients
  • 1 large can black beans, drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 each red, yellow, green sweet peppers - diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 T. vinegar
  • 1 t. lime juice
  • salt/pepper
  • cumin to taste
Instructions
  1. Turn on Pandora Salsa music while chopping and dicing.
  2. Toss ingredients together.
  3. Chill an hour or overnight.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or alone.

 

Great food, great friends, and great GRATITUDE napkins! Look what Anne just sent me! We used them this morning. I AM grateful for sharing blessings and grace gatherings. And beautiful cloth napkins.

Grateful Napkins

You can find them here. So fun they come in a set of six – more to share! Thanks, Anne. I love them! And, you, of course.

OH! If you still need copies of our Moore Family Cookbook, email me at: sue@welcomeheart.com 15.00 plus shipping.

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O, Taste & See: A Big Story (From a Little Friend) of Rain, Soup, and a Faithful Customer

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who finds refuge in Him.

Psalm 34:8

tasting-on-tuesdays-buttonWe need to hear Big Stories of God turning troubles into miracles. (Note: We don’t like to be the one who needs a miracle.) The bigger the trouble, the greater the miracle. My (little) friend, Alexandra stands all of 4’10”. She was tall in smiles today when she came by the store to tell me her Big Story. I love Big Stories. I love Alexandra.

Your trials are God's mercies

Beautiful, no? Who needs height?

Alex owns and runs and cooks for “Lotus,” the only Vietnamese restaurant in our town. Recently, she was given a month’s notice to find a new location. Not easy in any town, never easy when you’re given a month. I remember when she came into the store to say, “We got kicked out. We don’t know what to do.”  I prayed. She prayed.

Today she said, “Sue, this situation was harder than when I had breast cancer.”

Wow. “Why,” I asked.

“Because when I found out I had cancer, I just knew I had to deal with it, and I did. But when we were kicked out of our place, I had to rely on God for direction and guidance. Did He want me to close the restaurant? Did He have another place for us? Where was it? Would we find it in time? Will we lose our customer base? And where would we get the money? These questions made me pray more and depend on God. I needed to listen to what He was saying.”

In her mind, she needed a bigger miracle. And she needed to hear what He was telling her.

I prayed. Alex prayed. And her faithful customers asked around. She found a prime location downtown. It rained in May–maybe the biggest miracle–it never rains in May. People eat more pho soup when it rains. So with that extra income AND the customer who walked in one day and lent her $30,000.00, they made the move downtown.

She was all smiles today.

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The move’s been great. More than great. What began as trouble in River City turned out better than she could’ve imagined. She added, “Sue, I’ve been listening to this song, ‘Blessings’ by Laura Story. You’ve got to listen to it!”

I did. No wonder she loved it, she’s lived it. More than once. She knows the taste of God’s goodness in the miracle of rain and soup in May. She asked Him for a sign, and in walked that customer with money to invest. Her troubles led to miracles.

“What if trials in this life are Your mercies in disguise?” Laura Story, Blessings

God tells us we can taste His goodness. Trials or not. Somehow they taste better when we see how He’s led. Grateful to God and for Alex pressing hard into His love and leading. A Big Story from our Big God.

“O, taste and see that the Lord is good even when you can’t control what happens to you; trusting Him is another way of tasting Him–the more we run to Him, the more refuge we find, the bigger the end of the story.” Today’s Psalm 34:8

If you come through San Luis Obispo, stop by Lotus at their new location, 1131 Broad St. You’ll get great food and tall smiles.

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Hyatt Moore–Brother (Convert, Artist, Writer, Speaker)

My brother, Hyatt Moore, is featured this month at Sandstone Gallery, Laguna Beach. I would find it hard to resist walking by this window.

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Are you not supposed to revel in a relative? I didn’t get the memo. I do know I’m to revel in God and His handiwork, and my brother is quite handy-at-work with a brush. Check it out.

Hyatt’s famous (infamous?) in our family for being the Black Sheep-cum-round. He and Mom didn’t always get along. That was a long time ago, but we Moores still remember the questions: “Will Hyatt ever come round?” and the rows “Don’t use that tone with me, young man!” and the prayers “God, do something – anything – to bring my brother to You.”
God did. Hyatt tells his story beautifully here.

His story isn’t so different from any of ours. We’re all sheep gone astray. Some stories aren’t as colorful as others, but then God knew He’d made Hyatt for color. Lots of color.

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Hyatt and his beautiful wife, Anne – both artists of renown – committed their hearts to Christ in their late 20’s and their lives to Him as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 32 years. They continue to do art and life from their gallery-home in Dana Pt. (You are always welcome—I think it’s okay I say that—we had the same hostess-with-the-mostest Mom.)

Enjoy a home tour here.

House of Art

Amazing, no? And I get to sleep there for free whenever I’m speaking in the area or just hanging out.

Hyatt and Anne reflect the glory of God. It’s that simple. He made them for Himself, and we get to share in their beauty, humility, craft and hospitality.

When Hyatt told God on the shores of Mexico those many, many years ago: “Okay, God, I’m yours”—He took him at his word. And we continue to revel and wonder of the making of an artist by the Artist. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.

If you are in Southern California this summer at all, visit Sandstone Gallery – 384 N. Pacific Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949)497-6775. Anne’s art is also featured in the renowned Laguna Arts Festival this summer.

You can follow Hyatt and Anne’s art at: http://www.hyattmoore.com/egallery/

And his writing at: http://www.hyattmoore.com/blank-slate/

I wrote earlier about gifts and Hyatt here.

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Feast Everyday (in Turkey): Fresh Turkish Artichokes

Bethany’s in Turkey visiting friends. Boating, touring, eating. Lots of eating.

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We get pics of food. Lots of food.

IMG_1709IMG_1700IMG_1127Her lovely host, Esra, made artichokes, Turkish style. They actually come naked (the artichokes) -no need for dipping leaves.

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Fresh Turkish Artichokes
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Recipe type: Lunch or Dinner or Turkish teatime
Cuisine: Turkish
Prep time: 
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Serves: 6
 
These definitely passed the Bethany taste test! A new Turkish delight.
Ingredients
  • juice from one lemon
  • olive oil
  • two onions for eight artichokes
  • 3 t. salt
  • 3 t. sugar
  • water to cover bottoms of artichokes
Instructions
  1. Stir the onion and olive oil together in pan on stove
  2. Place artichokes in pan
  3. Add remainder of ingredients including water
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes
  5. Set in refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool
  6. Pour remaining au jus over artichokes to serve

IMG_2408Turkish Artichoke DelightLovely Esra. Thanks for hosting my big eater. It’s been a delight.

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Togetherness–There’s Goodness In It

Ephesians 3: 17-19 is my favorite prayer for my kids. I want them to know that God loves them in a big way–so big it can’t be measured–see the arrow? His love knows no bounds. (Free printable poster from thejellyjars.com . Thanks, Sarah!)Jellyjars.com

Today I read about our need for community in a classic little book from my friend, Melody:  We Really Do Need Each Other by Reuben Welch. That’s not news to me–that we need each other. I’m an extrovert. I need more others than the average bear. I liked Welch’s emphasis. I liked Paul’s emphasis, too. He prayed we’d know the boundlessness of God’s love “together with all the saints.” In fact, the more togetherness, the better we’ll grasp it.

We’re not alone in our knowing God better, deeper. We’re “together with all the saints” — like it or not. It’s rarely just “me and God” and the world is okay.

“Togetherness–there’s goodness in it!” My brother Steve has said that for years. He got it from Harry Belafonte. An oldie but goodie. (Harry, not Steve…) Such goodness in togetherness.

Welch wrote:

You know Jesus comes to you in the persons who come to you. It’s also true that people can bring the devil and sometimes we’re more familiar with that. But once in awhile, someone comes and brings Jesus to me. God made us this way. We really do need each other.

We really do need each other – grace flows better that way. (And I don’t want to be the one bringing the devil.)

So I’m walking with Molly this week because of what God wants to do through “one anothering.” And Molly invited a new gal along that she met at the church picnic on Saturday because she also needs some “one anothering.” And that can happen on a walk on Thursday.

Who are you walking with today?

It takes time. (“I don’t have time to walk!”) It takes an open mind. (“She’s too different from me.”) It takes a vulnerability you may not be used to. (“I doubt if she’d understand my problems.”) It takes all these and a commitment to how God made us to live – in a family made by Him and stamped with His love.

I’ll ask again: Who are you walking with today?

“We really do need each other, not because of the inadequacies of God, but because it is the way His grace works.” – Reuben Welch, We Really Do Need Each Other

It’s the way His grace works. No Lone Rangers in the kingdom (the Lone Ranger–another oldie but goodie.)

No Lone Rangers - we need one another (he had Tonto!)He wasn’t alone, either.

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O, Taste & See: On Rotten Days

O, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who finds refuge in Him.

Psalm 34:8

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How do you taste God (and see He’s good) when you don’t see? No one likes to admit they’re having a rotten day. Angela came up to me at the church picnic and said, “Hi, Sue. How are you?” People say that all the time. I usually say, Fine or Great or Fantastic–and you? — even if I’m lying. But I didn’t and she said (ever so sweetly,) “Let’s have coffee.” I was having a rotten day. A couple of them.

I learned a long time ago not to throw away rotten bananas. The more rotten, the better the banana bread.

Rotten Bananas

 

Same goes for old milk. The more sour, the better the banana bread. I was raised on Mrs. Cianfrini’s Banana Bread recipe, and Mom always said the secret to the deliciousness was in the “sour milk.” I’m not sure how that could be since it only called for a teaspoon of sour milk, but I hate to defy legend (or Mom.) Today I tossed a half a quart of sour half-and-half. I wasn’t in the mood for baking. (Sour grapes??) Especially not fifteen loaves of banana bread just so I wouldn’t throw away “perfectly good sour milk.” (There’s that Mom-voice again.)

I don’t like sour moods, sad thoughts, fearful misgivings, panics-in-the-night, rotten days — but they make for good results, kinda like black bananas. I never know God so well as when I have room to doubt and tell Him so. I never go so deep in Christ as when I feel the worst or fear the worst. I never know to taste the Spirit except when I need Him most.

You, too?

I’m thinking that’s why my Father lets things go bad. Not because He likes me to suffer; only because He wants me to know Him. Another friend texted me today, “I was feeling melancholy a  bit, so I lay on the couch and let my phone speak Scripture to me.” Good idea.

I loved this verse in college:

“…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death…” (Philippians 3:10)

Really, I loved the first part of the verse. I wanted to know Him desperately. And I liked that part about power although I had no clue.  Then I sorta hemmed and hawed my way through the last little bit. I don’t like suffering. I still don’t.

But I know now, way past college, that when the bananas rot, it’s the best time to make the bread. God wants to be known, and for a strange reason–if we invite Him into our pain, if we include Him in our grumpiness, if we cry out to Him though our cries bounce off the canister lighting–if we taste Him, even then, we get to know Him. Taste Him. And in the end, the bread is good.

Secrets to great banana bread (and better days.)

 

“O, taste and see that the Lord is good, even when He doesn’t seem like it and the world is black with no hope of change; blessed are you, dear friend, when you lean in and chew and taste because He’s been there and you’ll get another chance to know your Savior. That’s good. Mom was right.” Today’s Psalm 34:8

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Feast on Fridays: Angel Hair Pasta with Uncooked Tomato Sauce (When You’re Cooked Enough)

This week California is pretending to be Iowa. Hot, still, wet air. Who can cook?

You can’t. I’m here to help: Angel Hair Pasta with Uncooked Tomato Sauce (because you’re cooked enough.)

What? You don’t cook the fresh tomatoes? It’s hardly a sauce, more of a decoration–a full-of-flavor decoration. Simple, delicious, and slightly decadent with freshly grated parmesan. It’s okay to be decadent in small portions. (I’m afraid I took TWO small portions. Darn it.) Marcia sent me this recipe after I enjoyed her fabulous cooking at the Canyon Creek Women’s Retreat. Added bonus: I felt just a little bit Italian making it and eating it.

Uncooked Pasta Sauce

 

Tis the season for bushels of tomatoes. If you don’t have your own, try your local farmer’s markets. And fresh basil is ample and inexpensive at Trader Joe’s.

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Feast on Fridays: Angel Hair Pasta with Uncooked Tomato Sauce
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian/California/Iowa
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6 - 8 servings
 
Mary Grace thought I'd served this with shrimp before. I think not, but it's a good idea. She may be confused with Fetticine Alfredo. Alfredo loves his shrimp, and so do I. I guess I could add shrimp to this recipe, but then I would have to turn on another burner. One for the pasta water was ample in this heat.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh pasta or use angel hair
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Sauce:
  • 2 pounds very ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop and seed tomatoes into large bow.
  2. Add onion, garlic, basil, oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Let sit at room temperature for an hour before serving. I cheated - mine sat about 30 minutes and was fine.
  4. Cook pasta until al dente
  5. In large bowl toss pasta with sauce and serve immediately with Parmesan cheese.

After mixing the sauce, you’re supposed to wait an hour before adding the pasta. We were hungry, however. I shaved off some time by keeping the tomatoes on the counter all day so they were already at room temperature (room temperature being the reason for this recipe, may I remind you.)

Uncooked Tomato Sauce Pasta

So pretty. So easy. So summer.

OH! And we always love to pass around the fresh parmesan and handy-dandy cheese thingy better known as the Pampered Chef Microplane Fine Grater. Check it out. Washes up easily on top rack of the dishwasher.

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