Then I ATE dinner.
Then I had second dinner of a turkey taco (yes that is too a real thing. you would drool if you could smell it).
Then I had a THIIIIIIRD dinner of leftover fried rice augmented with delicious, delicious Sriracha.
Honey, I love food. I love eating. I eat a LOT. Is it a Polish thing? I think it might be. Back when I was gainfully employed, the quantity I could eat actually became a joke at ye olde jobbe. See, they used to host these barbecues for special events or when we had to stay late or whatever. The owner would grill burgers and we'd top 'em with our fixings of choice. So one time I ate a cheeseburger. And then I went back for a second one. And he looked at me with these big eyes and I was all "What?" Two cheeseburgers is not that much food, people! It just isn't. But err'body was laughing and was all like "that must be why you run around here like a chicken with your head cut off!" and I'm all like "No, that's HOW I'M ABLE to run around like a chicken with my head cut off. You do NOT want to have an altercation with hungry dweej. Not ever in your life do you want that."
I am also married to a dude who is an absolute wizard in the kitchen. He cooked for his entire family when he was, like, 13 years old. Real food on the stove with ingredients and flambe-ing of desserts and stuff. The man is a marvel.
Anyway, I'm telling all of this so that you'll know that when it comes to eating, I do not mess around.
So the other day Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas (if you don't read her blog, best to start. I heart heart, big puffy heart love conversion stories and you can add a HUGE HELPING OF GLITTER to that puffy heart when husband and wife convert together. I mean...wow. What an amazing gift and bond and mystical story of wonderment. Yes, I really talk like that.) started talking about this cookbook that she and her husband were putting together and I was excited. But also nervous. Because you always want to like what your friends do, but I'm....a little bit of a jerk when it comes to food. Like if I find a "three ingredient cake" and one of the ingredients is "box of cake mix", I want to ram my head into the computer screen, snorting like an angry billy goat.
What if she sent me the book and it was all, like, lame? WHAT WAS I GOING TO DO????
Well fear not, friends. She did send me the book and it is NOT at all lame (see p. 33 with FIVE garlic cloves in the beans. Das what I'm talkin' 'bout).
The book is called Feast: Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year
They created all the recipes, wrote all the words, and took all the photos. Most of the recipes are not only whole food but gluten free as well , so if you struggle with finding good recipes that correspond to feast days that also fit with your family's dietary needs: surprise! Congratulations! Happy advent! Get this book!
I hesitate to call this a "cookbook" because even though it is filled with delish recipes, it is so much more. You'll find anecdotes and bits of history and all the things that make a book worth reading. It's filled with stories of saints, ways to get kids involved, and the perspectives of former Protestants diving in the sea of beautiful Catholic celebrations and loving every minute.
Because y'all know they ain't no party like a Catholic party, because a Catholic party don't stop!
The book is divided into feast days and liturgical seasons with reflections and ideas for celebrating and recipes for each one. If you're not super into one aspect but are all over the other aspect, buenisimo! Just skip to the sections that interest you most.
btw, St. Nicholas feast day is coming up on the 6th. I love that they included a section on him, for obvious reasons. Also, there's this, which isn't in their book but maybe should be in their next one...
Anyway, back on topic. You can read more about the recipes and details here, where you can also order the pdf for just $7.99 or a real actual hard copy book for $21.99 (Feliz Navidad, ladies!).
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