Archive for June, 2009

Shrimp Day Afternoon

Canteloupe 006  It’s another hot one here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, where the mosquito is perennially nominated as the new official state bird.  All that water and none of it close enough to take a quick dip in.  But cool dip or not, I am just as hungry as ever come lunchtime.  In fact, there doesn’t seem to be much that is capable of stanching my appetite, so today I whip up a favorite, Sautéed Shrimp and Sausage Pocket and serve it with Carrot Sticks, Grape Tomatoes, and a large bowl of chilled Cantaloupe.  Ah, cantaloupe:  The dietary dream food.  Loaded with potassium and vitamin A, and a source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, biotin, and inositol.  At a mere 22.3 calories for half of a five inch melon, it will serve as appetizer, salad component, or dessert.  What a nutritional bargain, eh? (more…)

June 27, 2009 at 2:31 am Leave a comment

A Christ-Believing Lutheran Pastor Speaks to His Children and Grandchildren

IMG_0010  To our adult children:  We thank the Lord every day for you, and for your spouse.  Whatever contribution we as Christian parents made to each of you being the person you are, we also recognize our shortcomings. Therefore we thank our Father in Heaven for having molded you by His Word. Continue to raise your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4), pray earnestly for them, and set them an example of faithfulness to the Word of God in word and deed.  As you love your children, it will return to you – a treasure as you grow older. (more…)

June 27, 2009 at 1:46 am 1 comment

Stovetop Hits the Spot

Blog Food I 004  My beloved stepmother was both a very good, nutrition-conscious cook and a fine model for conserving resources.  She often touted stovetop cooking as a superior method of meal preparation, and on a hot day her advice proves even sounder.   So, with the exception of toasting some nuts for a few minutes, tonight’s menu is stovetop all the way, starting with Chicken Thighs with Almonds and Apricots served on a bed of fresh-cooked Bulgur with a side of Crisp-Steamed Fresh Green Beans.  The perfect light finish for this Mediterranean fare?  A scoop of Frozen Lemon Yogurt with Fresh Raspberries.

And in the “Almost Certain to be More Than You Wanted to Know” department, bulgur is defined as cleaned, cooked, dried, and pulverized durum wheat , with roots (no pun intended) in ancient Near Eastern cultures – so ancient, in fact, that the Old Testament makes reference to it as “Arisah.”  Fortunately for those of us who have trouble remembering how to spell it, it is variously referred to as bulgur, bulgor, boulgur, burgul, brughoul, and burghoul.   (more…)

June 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

A Mother Reflects

Group One 022  As a mother of adult children and a grandmother of two precious grandsons, I sometimes wish I could start all over and have much more maturity and be a little wiser.  I would be more free to let my children know that I loved them deeply, voicing this more often.  True love is visible, but it is easy to take each other for granted. (more…)

June 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Now This is Summer!

Blog Food I 001    We’ve had a short string of glorious 78° days under clear, sunny skies.  Great walking weather and perfect grilling weather.  A Minnesotan without the distraction of weather complaints has to find something constructive to do with her energy, so I plan an end-of-week gathering with nieces and nephews.  The menu, a bit of “fix ahead” and some simple picnic fare:  Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts, Wild Rice Salad, Aunt Susie’s Bean Medley, Double-Deviled Eggs, and some hot Whole Wheat Sour Dough Bread.  For the sensible, a Fresh Fruit Bowl – perhaps sliced apples, oranges, and bananas; for my irritatingly slim brother-in-law and those not-yet-calorie-conscious younguns, Banana Split Ice Cream Cake Roll. (more…)

June 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

Very Chilly, Very Easy

Blog Food I 003  And it was nippy here this weekend.  A rainy 53 degrees on Saturday, to be precise.  I really thought my chili-making was on seasonal hiatus, but with a gloomy wet day stretched out before us, a simmering pot on the stove didn’t sound amiss.

My Chili Con Carne formula is embarrassingly simple, but I do get a lot of requests for seconds – the ultimate test of a kitchen success, I figure.  Tonight I added a simple Spinach Salad and capped off this “warm your innards” meal with an ultimate comfort food dessert of Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding. (more…)

June 8, 2009 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

Advise with Consent – Attitude and Perspective II

Group One 076  Smile – nobody likes a grouch; be thoughtful of others; and remember, today is the day you worried about yesterday, and see, you got through it!  And at those times when it feels like you can’t make it through something, remember that you are not alone – God is with you and loves you; lean on Him.  (38)

             Define the greatest, most lasting goal for your life and then pursue it every day. (31)

             Develop the three Rs:  Respect, resourcefulness, and responsibility.  (48) (more…)

June 8, 2009 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment

Tuesdays With Mama

Blog Food I  Tuesday nights are family night at our dinner table, the night my brother-in-law stops by to visit my mother-in-law (who lives on the lower walkout level of our suburban Minneapolis rambler), and they both climb the stairs at 6:30 p.m. to join us for supper.  Simple Turkey Meatloaf Patties make frequent guest appearances at these family gatherings because everyone likes them and they meet this group’s varied dietary needs – low carbohydrate count, no exotic spices.  To keep things interesting, I try to vary the accompaniments as much as possible.

Tonight, a less carb-conscious assemblage of Puréed Carrots, Brussels Sprouts with Golden Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts, and Corn Bran Muffins. Then, depending on your dietary needs, a nice bowl of sliced fresh peaches or a Peeled Peach Half topped with a modest Scoop of Slow-Churned Butter Pecan Ice Cream.  We are sold on this new method of turning out reduced fat (and reduced calorie) ice cream with no reduction in taste.  And if you aren’t offended by the gilding of a lily, the creamy butter pecan is a nice complement to the long-awaited first fresh peaches of the season.


June 4, 2009 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Lighter Summer Fare

Blog Food I 020The weather in Minnesota can be pretty funky this time of year.  Last week we had a day of 90+ temps only to be followed by a day that dipped to 50-something.  My poor mini-pup can’t quite decide if she wants to flop in the sun or keep up a brisk, body-warming trot, and a friend recently joked that he’d heard that summer would fall on a Tuesday this year.

But still, we hopefully label the month of May “spring,” and like to think toward the possibility of some consistent warmth from June through August.  As we slowly and erratically make the transition to lighter summer fare, some seasonal items help fill out the menu for a nice late-May supper.  Oriental-style Roast Pork Tenderloin, Parsley Buttered New Potatoes, Rosemary Ciabatta Rolls, Roasted Spring Vegetables, Sliced Kiwi, and a delightfully decadent super-dessert of Peanut Butter Banana Strawberry Fudge Supreme – but only if you eat all of your vegetables. (more…)

June 1, 2009 at 12:01 am 2 comments

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