Tuesday, October 13, 2009

OutReach October ~

This is the season of magic, celebrations, splendor and rebirth.

We have the promise of "ask and it shall given unto you."

We also have the responsibility of " love thy neighbor as thy self."

It really is all about reaching out and giving back...the rewards will come back to us in so many ways; A smile where none was before, a burden lifted-if only for a day, joy in the spirit to sustain a new beginning or to bring rest and comfort to the soul and body.

Today I made soup and bread for a family in need.
I filled the soup and the bread with herbs that promote immune boosting.

Yes, it was a small thing compared to all the needs around us, but it made one family's burden lighter for one day and it nourishes my soul to know this is something I can do to give back.

*Potato Soup with Ham and Kale*

Serves 8

6-8 large red potatoes ( washed and cut into small chunks)
2 cups cooked ham ( cut into small chunks )
1-2 cups fresh kale ( cut into small strips )
1 teaspoon of dried Thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried Sage
1 small garlic pod-crushed
fresh ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper ( just a hint, not hot )

Cook the potatoes in 6 cups of boiling water just until soft.
Add all the remaining ingredients except the thyme,sage,ham and kale.

In a black iron skillet saute' the ham and kale until kale is limp and ham is good and hot.

Add ham and kale to the potato pot, add extra water if needed.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.

Check often for liquid and to break up the potatoes a bit.

Soup should be thick but still soupy.
About 10 minutes before end of cook time add the thyme and sage.

*Corny Cornbread with Sage*

2 cups White self-rising cornmeal
1 large egg
1-2 cups of buttermilk
1 teaspoon dried sage
6 fresh sage leaves-
1 Tablespoon Grape seed oil ( or any good cooking oil )

*Pre-heat oven to 375

In a large black skillet heat the oil

Mix together all the ingredients except the sage leaves

Pour a small amount of mix into the skillet
Place the sage leaves around the layer of mix and pour the remaining mixture over the leaves.

Bake until crispy brown...the leaves will show through on the bottom of the bread.

Make and share with someone.

To OutReach October~

Bea Kunz

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