Category Archives: The Kitchen

The Kitchen: In the Pantry

The Pantry inside The Kitchen is that sort of wonderful go-to place where we seek out what it is we need for what we want to cook.  More than once, I have gone to the pantry to find something for a … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Incarnation

I am most often drawn by the humble settings and “low” people required for this story of glory, hope and salvation. An animal’s stall in a crowded small town.  Weary travelers.  A very young woman on the verge of giving … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Chanukah’s gift

It is tradition to gift Chanukah gelt (money). While the origin of this tradition is wrapped, somewhat, in mystery, there are a few possibilities. The lights of Chanukah are only meant to spread the story of the holiday, and certain … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Cleaning Out

Not everything that comes into the kitchen needs to stay in the kitchen. A few weeks before Bob and I got married I visited him in his small three room house in Alabama. A look in the fridge produced a … Continue reading

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December 22–The Kitchen: The Flavors of Chanukah

Jewish holiday is often centered around the kitchen, as it is tradition that the food we eat reflects the holiday we celebrate. What comes from this is a variety of rich traditions based in the kitchen reflective of not only … Continue reading

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December 21–The Kitchen: Winter Solstice

The story is older than recorded history, but history does record it, over and over again.  A special mother.  A bigger than life father.  A baby born into harsh circumstances, visited by special visitors who bring gifts or prophesy over … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Secret Recipes

I have heard about those families with secret cookie recipes. They are past down from generation to generation by word of mouth. They are written on the side margins of recipe books in a secret family code. They are shared … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Heartbeat

I clean the kitchen every night before I go to sleep. Bob unloads the dishwasher and puts the dishes away every morning. We have grown into this tender pattern of daily care for our home and for each other. It … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Recipe in the Making

My dad made the best lasagna! Christmas dinner was magical every year – sausage meatballs, lettuce with olives, fresh tomatoes, cheap grocery store Italian salad dressing, fresh Italian bread picked up on the way home from church, but more than … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: A Gift Litany

The Kitchen is our gathering place. The Kitchen is source of our nourishment, one for another. The Kitchen is safety and security for us, our family, our friends and for strangers. The Kitchen is portal of welcome for the tired, … Continue reading

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