Rich Ham Bone Soup Recipe

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge.”    1 Corinthians 1:4-5

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Ham Bone*
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Potatoes, cubed
  •  1 Carrot, cubed
  • 1/2 Cup Dry Navy Beans
  • 1 Teaspoon Rosemary
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sage
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4.5 Cups water

*After you’re finished carving a ham, wrap and refrigerate the bone with plenty of meat left on, till you’re ready to prepare the soup (not longer than a day or two).

Add all ingredients to a large soup pot with a lid, adding the water just covering everything.  Bring to a boil, lower heat, keep covered and skim off the foam periodically and stir, simmer 8 hours, discard bone.

The tender meat with a surprisingly rich taste, falls off the bone.

 

 

Banana Bread Recipe

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1 Corinthians 14:26, “How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation.  Let all things be done for edification.”

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup White Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Bulgar Wheat*
  • 1 1/2 Cups Mashed Bananas (about 2 and a half bananas)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Ounces Softened Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Coffee
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • Dusting of Cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, coat baking pan with oil. Mix flour, wheat and baking soda together. Separately break eggs in a bowl and dissolve salt, cream butter, and stir in oil. Combine egg mixture to flour mixture, add coffee, cinnamon and bananas, pour into pan. (*If you desire to soak the Bulgar wheat first; cover with boiling water in a separate bowl for one hour.)

Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean, let partially cool before serving.

Enjoy this multi-layer flavored bread with family & friends or at least good memories and hopes of more times with family & friends.

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Lentil Soup Recipe

Isaiah 40:1, “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Dry Lentils
  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Diced, Canned Carrots*
  • 1 Teaspoon Rosemary
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Directions:

Heat onion in oil in a soup pot over medium flame until clear, add garlic and cook 5 more minutes.  Add lentils, chicken stock, rosemary, oregano and salt, bring to a boil, immediately lower heat to simmer 50 minutes or until beans are soft. Add cooked carrots in the last 15 minutes. *If you’re using fresh carrots, add them with the onions at the beginning to soften.

Ladle into serving bowls, there’s just enough room for dipping bread.  With chicken stock made from the bones, this is so rich, it becomes a new “comfort food.”

I pray you enjoy this in good health with family and friends, in Jesus’ name.

 

Ground Beef and Potato Wedge Soup Recipe

“He satisfies your mouth with good things” Psalm 103:5

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 28 ounces Tomatoes – Crushed
  • 1 large Onion – diced
  • 14 ounce Applesauce
  • 1 pound Potatoes Wedges – petite
  • 16 ounces Green Beans
  • 2 tablespoons Sage
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Salt, Garlic, Onion Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Butter

Caramelize onions with butter in soup pot over medium to medium-low heat, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of pot, about 17 minutes. Remove onions to a bowl. Add ground beef, Sage and Oregano to pot, gently break apart and roll over till all brown, using medium-low heat, 10 minutes (I don’t drain the meat especially if lean). Then stir in tomatoes, applesauce, green beans and onions, keep on low.

Prepare potatoes: wash and cut to spoon size wedges, layer onto cookie sheet, sprinkle with Salt seasoning, bake in 450 farenheight oven about 45 minutes, turn over midway through.

Add potatoes to soup, stir in and serve.

Adapted from Lucas’ ‘off the cuff’ Springs Mission recipe – https://www.springsrescuemission.org/

 

Rice Pudding Recipe

The earth is the Lord’s, and all things therein

Psalm 24:1

Ingredients:

  • 14 ounces Whole Milk
  • 4 ounces Rice
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 ounce Raisins (almost one small box)
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Banana

Mix milk, rice, raisins and cinnamon together in a pot and bring to a boil, while stirring a bit. Lower flame, cover while stirring occasionally till rice is all softened, add a little more milk if needed, about 30 minutes. Add butter and let it melt in. Smash in banana leaving some lumps.  Serve.

Cooking the rice in milk takes a lot longer than in water and the banana gives it a Caribbean feel. Adapted from cafedelites.com/easy-cinnamon-raisin-rice-pudding/

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Jasmin Rice Recipe

“Then he (King David) distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins.  So all the people departed, everyone to his house.” 2 Samuel 6:19 (NKJV).

  • 1 Cup rice 
  • 2.5 cups chicken stock (plus some water)
  • 1/2 cup frozen vegetables
  • 1/2 onion – chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove – chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Sauté chopped onion in oil until clear, add chopped garlic on top of onion, heat till garlic is soft.  Add rice and chicken stock, bring to a boil.  Lower heat to a simmer, stir in vegetables. Add enough water to cover the rice and vegetables.  Simmer, while stirring occasionally for 30 minutes till all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is fluffy. 

Season however you wish.  My grandson loves rice like this with peas.

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Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipe

“Sustain me with cakes of raisins…” Song 2:5

Adapted from Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake recipe. So good, it reminds me of my sister and I baking chocolate cake early in the morning before anyone else was awake.

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon each of baking soda and powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 cup milk (or a little less)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350 degrees F, lightly coat baking pan/s with olive oil, then flour. Combine slightly beaten eggs, milk, honey, oil and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients.  Microwave 1 cup water and stir into bowl (will be a bit soupy). Pour into baking pan/s.  Bundt pan takes 35 minutes. Insert toothpick into cake to check, it should come out clean.

For icing, you can drizzle plain yogurt on each piece and it’s still healthy, lol.

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Chicken Parmesan Recipe

“For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:9 (NKJV).

  • 2 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon water
  • 4 Ounces Breadcrumbs*
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Ounces Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 Slices Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 Slices Provolone Cheese
  • 3 Cups Tomato Sauce**

Slice breasts to make 4 slices.  Heat frying pan with olive oil on medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons butter. Dip each chicken slice first into a bowl of flour with salt & pepper, then egg & water mixture, then breadcrumbs, covering with each layer.  Fry in pan about 5 minutes on each side.  Add 2 tablespoons butter in the pan for the second two chicken pieces (my pan only fit two at a time).  Put into baking dish, they will look golden brown and crispy.  Add a mozzarella and provolone slice to each chicken breast, spoon tomato sauce over each one.  Shake parmesan on top to make a layer.  Drizzle olive oil over cheese.  Bake 35 minutes, till cheese is bubble.

*Homemade Breadcrumbs: 2 slices of toast, put into a nutria-bullet.  Pulse 30 seconds.

**Homemade Tomato Sauce: Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a saucepan with 3 chopped garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon dried oregano.  Sautee on medium heat till garlic is soft.  Add 28 ounce can of Crushed Tomatoes.  Bring to a boil on high heat.  Lower heat and add 2 ounces of a good red wine. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve with angel hair pasts and buttered vegetables.

This was inspired from one of our honeymoon dinners!

 

Special Mashed Potatoes

“For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Ps 107:9 (NKJV)

  • 8 Potatoes (enough to cover the bottom of a 6 quart pot)
  • 1 stick Butter (8 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Put whole potatoes in 3 quart pot, add enough cold water to cover them, put lid on pot and cook on high heat. Bring to a boil and remove lid.  Continue cooking till soft, test by putting a fork through the largest potato, if it goes through easily and potatoes begin to crack, they’re done.  Drain hot water and transfer potatoes to a plate, let cool slightly.  You can pour cold water on them under the faucet to facilitate the cooling.   Wash the pot to reuse, peel potatoes and add back to pot.  Mix in the butter, milk, parmesan cheese and salt & pepper while mashing potatoes.  I used an electric mixer the last time.

I just saw a friend make these with parmesan cheese and an enormous amount of butter! She said her father used to use chicken fat until they heard that was bad for you, so they replaced it with the cheese.

My cousin used to warm the butter in the milk in a separate pot before adding to the potatoes.  She also added olive oil to everything she made.

Some people add sour cream, too and leave the skins on. It’s your choice, just add a little liquid at a time to get the right consistency.  Leftovers can be reheated in a frying pan with olive oil and butter.

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Hot Chocolate

1 1/4 Cup milk

1 Tablespoon Cocoa

1 Tablespoon Honey

Layer the cocoa over milk in medium/low saucepan, drizzle honey on top.  Heat about 10 minutes, till you see cocoa and honey melting, stir and heat 10 additional minutes.

No guilt, Daniel Fast worthy.  Make it as rich as your taste requires.

After coming off a 2 month Daniel Fast and incorporating dairy & meat again in my diet, I began making this cocoa for my nutritious, sweet fix.

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103.

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