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March 2010



We Serve a Risen Saviour!!!

Matthew 28:5-6  "And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye:  for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here:  for he is risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

Mark 16:6 "And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted:  Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified:  he is risen; he is not here:  behold the place where they laid him."

Luke 24:5-8 "And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen:  remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.  And they remembered his words."

John 20:15-18 "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?  She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.  Jesus saith unto her, Mary.  She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father:  but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and to your God.  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her."

John 20:28-29

"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:  blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."


What's For Breakfast? Pancakes with Maple Syrup

The recent East wind has slowed up the syrup making process, as old timers will attest to the fact that the sap doesn't run as freely in an East wind.  Nevertheless, Western New York maple syrup producers have not let us down.  Pancake breakfasts are on the menu.  I thought it would be a good time to share the late Edna Weymouth's recipe for Fannie Farmer Griddlecakes.  It just wouldn't be Spring without stacks of hot pancakes (flapjacks), slathered with butter, and dripping with fresh maple syrup.

The late Pauline Stromayer wrote on her potato pancake recipe that they are luscious and so simple and that the sugar in the batter helps the pancakes to brown beautifully.  I first tasted an Apple Cookie, also known as Apple Doodles, from a friend at work.  Make some Apple Cookies for a loved one that cannot eat chocolate.  Elizabeth Rose won second place in a workplace chili cook-off with her colorful and tasty Black Bean Chili with Chicken and Lime.  Elizabeth suggests serving the chili (which is quite thick) over rice or with corn bread and topping the chili with chopped onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, etc.  Taste the chili and add the lime juice a little at a time to adjust to your preference.

Apple Cookies
(Variation of an Internet Recipe)

2/3 cup butter-flavored CriscoŽ
1 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup peeled, finely diced apple
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the CriscoŽ, white sugar, egg, and vanilla.  Mix in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Stir in apple and walnuts.  Measure out 1/4-cup of dough and roll into a ball, flatten with hands and place on a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet (6 to a sheet).  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Allow cookies to sit on sheet for a minute before removing to a wire rack to cool.  Yields about 13 large cookies.

Potato Pancakes
(Pauline Stromayer/Judy Stromayer)

4 medium potatoes, grated (with or without skin)
1 large egg
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 heaping tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt
1 teaspoon grated onion, if desired
CriscoŽ, for deep frying

Combine above ingredients, except CriscoŽ, in a large mixing bowl.  Drop heaping tablespoons of potato pancakes, a few at a time, into hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Spread evenly after dropping and fry until edges are brown, turn and continue frying.  Remove and drain on paper towels.  Keep warm until serving.

Black Bean Chili with Chicken and Lime
(Elizabeth Rose)

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon pure ground chili powder
14-oz. can stewed tomatoes or RotelŽ Tomatoes with green chilies
15-oz. can black beans, undrained
10-oz. can white chicken meat or 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from 3 limes)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until soft.  Add garlic and cook for about one minute.  Add bell peppers and chili powder and cook for another minute.  Stir in tomatoes and black beans and their liquid.  Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for five minutes or until thickened.  Add chicken and heat through.  Stir in lime juice and cilantro and remove from heat.

Fannie Farmer Griddlecakes
(Edna Weymouth/Linda Lund)

3/4 to 1 cup milk, room temperature
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten until light
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
bacon grease, non-stick spray, butter or oil for frying pancakes

In a medium-size bowl, combine the milk, butter, and egg.  Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and then stir together with a fork or spoon with milk mixture.  Don't over mix; leave some lumps, or your pancakes will be tough and not fluffy.  Add additional milk, if needed, to make a batter thin enough to pour.  Heat a large skillet or griddle, add a couple of tablespoons of bacon grease, spray, butter, or oil for each batch of pancakes.  When small drops of water sprinkled on the hot griddle sizzles, the griddle is ready.  Grease griddle and pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.  Cook pancakes over medium heat until bubbles show and burst around the edge of the pancake.  Flip pancakes over and cook until lightly browned.  Serve immediately with butter and maple syrup. Repeat steps above until no batter remains.

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