A Cheat and a Gift

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

March 10, 2020

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(I will be honest with you, dear readers – as I always am.  (So sorry, my Guam and Australia friends that I am so late.) The morning got away from me.  Ever had that happen? This is a re-run because Daylight Saving Time made me get up too late, and I had to make the most delicious soup ever before I wrote a reflection. You see, I live in a hungry community whom I love!

Recipe below as a means to ask your forgiveness. 🙂

But first:


Today, in Mercy, our readings are a study in contrasts
between sinfulness and righteousness.
Isaiah says even the forlorn sinners of Sodom and Gomorrah
could be saved if they live humbly
and do justice to the downtrodden.
Jesus says that the sin-blind Pharisees
can only be saved
by becoming servants of the needy.
The message is clear
 the path to holiness
is the humble service of our neighbor.
May we hear and respond.

Perhaps, responding to these readings,  we would like to give nourishing “soup” – material or spiritual – to our neighbor today. Let me know if you make it, or something similar.  Or have some great suggestions!

Music: Lovely video: White As Snow Maranatha Singers


You have leftover mashed potatoes and a few extra sausages, ham or bacon. Hmm? What to do?

1.Make Your Own Broth

Toss a roughly chopped onion, 3 celery stalks, 3 carrots, a couple of cloves of garlic and a meat bone or chicken breast into a pot. I use celery leaves, unchewable asparagus stems and the like.  You won’t actually be eating these.  It’s just to get the nutrients and flavor.

I added a few pork bones today that  I had in the freezer. (Good to roast them first at 350 for 30 minutes if you have time.) You can use some ham or bacon or beef. Add favorite seasonings like salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, parsley, bay leaf, and marjoram. Go gently with the add-ins.  You can’t take OUT but you can always ADD. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. Then simmer for about 30 minutes. Pour through a strainer to keep liquid. Let cool. Remove surface fat. (It will rise if you place pot by cool window, or in fridge for a while.  I bought a fat separator and it works well too, but COOL first or your plastic separator will melt!)

      2. The Soup

Roughly clear your stock pot.  (Don’t worry about leaving some of the original spices there.) Add 2-3 tablespoon olive oil. Add chopped onion, celery, carrots, and garlic to pot. Depends on your taste. I use 2 big onions, 4 carrots, 4 celery, 2 garlic gloves. If I have a nice half cabbage, I gladly shower it in.  You’d be surprised how sweet it is! Gently brown as you consider God’s gentleness to you throughout your lifetime. If you want to live dangerously and deliciously, (and don’t have acid reflux), add 1/2 stick butter.

When veggies are transparent, coat with about two tablespoons of cornstarch – the way God sends unexpected grace over you. Stir until the white cornstarch disappears in the veggies. Add your beautiful broth while humming a hymn – preferably Amazing Grace or I Love Rock and Roll Music.  If you don’t have enough of your own broth, add some chicken stock. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Sit down and have a glass of wine.

    3. The Left-over Potatoes , Et Cetera

Mix the potatoes like this:  1 cup taters to a half cup flour. Add an egg, good salt and pepper. Combine.  Form balls a little smaller than golf balls.

Great to have some sautéed and drained sausage balls, shredded chicken, or bacon or ham.

Once soup is simmering nicely, drop in your extras – potatoes, sausage balls, etc.. Add a can of rinsed beans or a couple handfuls of little pasta things if you want some heft. Let cook gently for 15 or 20 minutes.

Honey, you’re gonna’ love it!  Let me know!


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