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Essential cookware items that every new (and not so new) cooks need to have

A Slow Cooker is a busy parent’s friend! Perfect for set it and go recipe, look for one that has easy to read dials and safe settings like a light for on and off. Sensio Bella Cucina 4 qt. $29.67 At Amazon.com A Sauce pan is for more than just sauce! Simple side dishes such as beans and rice can be made quickly. The tall sides help move heat all around the food. Calphalon 1qt. Non-stick $49.99 Amazon.com

This cooking vessel holds a lot of heat and is perfect for frying or moving food from the stove top directly to the oven. Look for a ‘seasoned’ Cast Iron Skillet to help reduce sticking. Coleman 12” Cast Iron Skillet $23.19 Target.com

You can sear on a high heat or hold a gentle heat for sautee’s in a Sautee pan. The stainless steel variety lets you go from stove top to oven and the non stick comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Wearever 9” Sautee Pan $23.99 at Wayfair.com

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Table of Contents:

In every issue: What you said

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Tools for living

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Words

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Around the Web

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Focus on Living

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Page of Power

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Cover and Topic introduction page pics: Fotosearch.com What you said images from yahoo.com search Tools for living “Pink Mixing bowl” Hardblogcafe.com

Features:

Words image: Profilbrands.com Tasty travels: Background image: Pixmax.com; Thai food from blogspot.com; Indian food from Vestarestaurant.com; Mediterranean food from Cookinggage.com

Now You’re Cooking 2 Must have kitchen gadgets

Fam To Function Recipes

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Go from diner to gathering AprilandDecember.com © July 2012. Created at From the Desk Creations™; Wallaceville Road Chickamauga, Ga. Direct all inquires to rose.studio6@yahoo.com. All the information herein has been checked for accuracy. No responsibility is accepted for deletions, omissions, errors and/or inaccuracies. Publisher reserves the right o place any ad on first come first serve basis. No materials contained herein may be reproduced without the exclusive written permission of the original creator of the material. All information, images or references contained has been acquired by permission or general search and is cited, noted or referenced as required by source. Copyright 2011 by From the Desk Creations ™. Created in the U.S.A

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Did you know?

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Food companies founded on Christian Values

Tasty Travels

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Travel with your tongue!


I was eager to test out What started out as a baked potato au gratin turned into a burned potato not forgotten! I had been trying to come up with something to cook for my parent’s 30th wedding celebration. My test runs had me convinced I needed my own cooking show. That is why I decided to fix the dish at my parent’s home with and audience. Well, I was so nervous to show off my skills that I turned the oven on broil instead of bake. 10 minutes later I was standing over a scorched ceramic dish with burnt potatoes in it! -Robbie Turnpine

my grandmother’s pineapple upside down cake. I received my prize copy of the cake recipe and headed straight home to make it. I was out of baking powder as the cake called for so I left it out. What I

It had been passed down for generations and it was my turn to make it. I was so sure I had messed up my grandmother’s Garam Marsala by adding my own twist…sage. It was such a hit, that my grandmother started making it that way herself! -Anjahli Delhi

ended up with was a floppy cake with runny pineapple glaze. At least the dog enjoyed it! -Amber Middleton

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Get the most out of Sunday Service

We know that week’s for most families are chaotic and that is an understatement. We often look to Sunday as a day off of work (unless you’re in the retail or service industry), or at least a slower paced day. Yet many dread the details that go into dragging the family to the sanctuary and the lengthy service that commences upon arrival. Here are some tips and suggestions to reignite that hunger and thirst that Christ so affectionately compels us to have throughout his word. Prayerfully, they will help you better partake of the “Bread of Heaven”.

 Prepare: Unless your Pastor is doing a seminar or a series, you may not know what the topic of the sermon will be. But you do know what your Sunday school lesson is! Study before hand. Most classes use published material or get following week scriptures from the teacher. Read the text in your Bible and use the cross reference scriptures that accompany them so that you can understand the text completely. Jot down questions and write down points to discuss or share as you read. When you contribute to the discussion you get more out of it.

 Don’t live by bread alone: I know this sounds funny, but I am sure you have stopped to get food on your short lunch break only to not be fulfilled because it wasn’t what you wanted. This more than likely happened because you had little time, little money, not enough choices or all of the above. God’s word is not fast food! Go with the mind to get something out of service. Whether you want to pray for a particular individual, receive prayer yourself or take notes so that you can take some scriptures to work with you. Go with the mind to “take something away” from the service.  Put more in than money: Many of us hold offices or positions in the church and thus we view our duties as jobs. If this is the case, your work there is more important than your job that earns you keep. This job has a far better pay off…eternal life. Don’t bring your emotions with you and try to hold on to them through service. Leave them there! When you should cry, smile, When you want to scream, shout. When you

 Take your mind: I always tell my congregation you won’t get anything out of what I’m going to say if your body is here and your mind is somewhere else. Focus on what God wants you to do. You are here to worship and learn…come prepared to do both. -Rev. George Christopher

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Tools for living

don’t feel like singing, sing. Don’t let your emotions get in the way of you experiencing the power of praise. Praising God is a sure fire way to leave your burdens at the altar.


“A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how food nourishes him.” -C.S. Lewis

“Music with dinner is an insult to both the cook and the violinist.”

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” -President Ronald Reagan

“Learn to do common things uncommonly well; we must always keep in mind that anything that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.” -George Washington Carver

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Words

-G.K. Chesterton


A New Take on Familiar Dishes and Favorite Scriptures

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Your function-a-tized menu:

You have just been asked “what’s for dinner?” by your loving yet picky family. As soon as you get through the daunting task of picking something to prepare that doesn’t consist of raw onions, asparagus or ‘anything orange’, you think you can relax…then the phone rings. It’s the president of the cooking committee wanting to know what your contribution will be to the Homecoming Celebration Dinner…this Sunday.

Chicken Fresco Soft Taco’s

Strawberry shortcake Cups

Lemon Berry Tea

Chicken fresco lasagna

Strawberry diner party sheet cake

Lemon berry tea

on the side (Feeds 6)

Lemon Vinaigrette *make this in a squeeze bottle or a small mason jar!* Zest and Juice from 1 lemon and zest (zest before juicing!) 1tble spoon of champagne vinegar ¼ cup of olive oil A pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Lettuce cups

Your Family Menu: Seasonal Tossed Salad

Seasonal tossed salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Lettuce Cups with Lemon Vinaigrette

Don’t panic! We have a meal from start to finish (including a beverage) that you can make for your family and using the same ingredients (with some new additions or adjustments) you can* “Function-a-tize” them for Church potlucks, small family gatherings or even dinner parties. So pick up your jaw, grab an apron and let’s get cooking! Be sure to look for the Super Stretch Logo too so you can get more out of a meal!

Leaves from a head of iceberg lettuce or endive One large tomato diced ½ cup of baby spinach (shredded) 1 tablespoon each of salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme 1 ½ cup of any seasonal vegetable you choose (in season right now: yellow squash, field peas, corn, bell pepper and watermelon…yes watermelon in a salad!) 1 cup of shredded cheese of your choice

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Omitting the lettuce, combine other veggies in a bowl. Pull the lettuce leaves off whole so they become little boats or cups. Spoon veggie mixture into the leaves and drizzle with the vinaigrette.

Boil your chicken breast (don’t bake please!) in water and add the onion soup mix and a little salt. You can strain it afterwards and still get a tasty broth to freeze. Boil for about 20 mins or until the chicken is done. Once the chicken has boiled and cooled enough to be handled, shred and set aside. In a skillet over medium heat, add one tablespoon of butter and oil to the pan. Add the veggies and let cook for about 5 minutes. Add the chicken, sauce and seasonings to the skillet and allow the flavors to develop for about 10 minutes. Serve in flour tortillas and top with the crisp coleslaw for a fresher crunch than lettuce and the cheese. Serve four people each having three apiece.

Function-a-tize your Lettuce cups!

Seasonal Tossed Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette 4 cups of roughly chopped Romaine lettuce One large tomato diced 2 cups of baby spinach (whole leaves please) 1 tablespoon each of salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme 1 ½ cup of any seasonal vegetable you choose (in season right now: yellow squash, field peas, corn, bell pepper and watermelon…yes watermelon in a salad!) 1 cup of shredded cheese of your choice (Note: if you use watermelon, use feta cheese)

Function-a-tize your soft Taco! Chicken fresco lasagna (Feeds 12) 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 ½ packet of onion soup mix 2 12oz. cans of diced tomatoes with chilies 1 cup of pitted and sliced olives black or green 2 14oz. cans of whole kernel corn 1 cup of taco or enchilada sauce whatever brand you like 1 ½ cup each of coleslaw mix (without the mayo!) and shredded cheese. 1 cup of onion and bell pepper mix (you can omit this all together if you are unsure if the crowd you are feeding doesn’t like onions or bell peppers) 2 tsp. each of: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley flake and cumin. (If you do not have cumin, still use a pinch, and only a pinch, of cinnamon and sage.) 36-40 soft taco shells

Make sure everything is cut roughly bite size. Toss together and drizzle vinaigrette on top or you could put your vinaigrette in the squeeze bottle or jar like you did for your family: This recipe feeds 12. Chicken Fresco Soft Taco 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 packet of onion soup mix 1 12oz. can diced tomatoes with chilies ¼ cup of pitted and sliced olives black or green 1 14oz. can of whole kernel corn ½ cup of taco or enchilada sauce whatever brand you like ½ cup each of coleslaw mix (without the mayo!) and shredded cheese. ¼ cup of onion and bell pepper mix (found in your grocery store freezer section!) 1 tsp. each of: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley flake and cumin. If you do not have cumin, you can use a pinch, and only a pinch, of cinnamon and sage. 12 flour tortillas

Add 2 cups of rice or black beans to stretch the meal! This now will feed 15! Boil your chicken as before and prepare your veggies the same as well. Combine in the skillet but WITHOUTH the sauce. In your baking pan (a 13 ½ in x 9 x 2 ¾ pan is recommended), spray the bottom of the pan and line with a layer of non stick cooking spray and place an overlapping layer of shells. Spoon on a layer of the

Add ½ cup of rice or black beans to stretch the meal! This now will feed 6!

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chicken and veggie mixture and top with sauce. Add a layer of cheese and repeat with the shells, mix, sauce and cheese layering. Finish with a layer of cheese. You should get about 2 to 3 layers a pan. Bake until cheese is melted and golden, about 20 to 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

almost ready to serve, cover with the berries and apply whipped topping ‘dots’ across the cake.

Strawberry Shortcake cups (Yields 6)

Two liters of made or prepared sweet tea 4 oz of Frozen mixed berries 2oz. of Lemon juice

Lemon berry tea (Two liters; 64oz)

8oz. of frozen strawberries (or sliced fresh ones) ½ cup of softened Cream Cheese frosting 1 Piping bag with a number 5 tip 1 can of whipped topping 1 package of sponge cake cups (these are usually found in your bakery section or the produce section near the berries at your local super market

This is easy and fun! In an ice tray add a few of the still frozen berries to each cube. Fill with water and freeze. Allow the rest of the berries to thaw. Make or buy 2 liters of sweet iced tea. In the pitcher of your choice pour the juice of the thawed berries in the tea. Leave the berries on the side as a fresh garnish. Using the ice cubes with the berries in them, fill glasses and garnish with the left over fruit.

In a bowl, thaw your strawberries. We don’t recommend adding sugar to the frozen berries because it will draw out too much moister and it will make the cake cups too sweet, but if you want to add a few tablespoons to the fresh berries you can. Place the softened cream cheese frosting (room temp is best) in your piping bag and cover the top of your cake cups. Put berries on top and cover with whipped cream.

Function-a-tize your tea (1 gallon) One gallon of made or prepared sweet tea 6 oz of Frozen mixed berries 4 oz. of Lemon juice In a gallon pitcher, prepare of pour already prepared tea and the juice of thawed berries. Leave berries on the side as a garnish for guests to help themselves to. Put the berry cubes in the pitcher to make it pretty!

Function-a-tize your cups Dinner Party Sheet Cake (Feeds 12-15) 1 box white cake mix prepared (or you can buy a 9x13 sheet cake at the bakery of your grocery store) 12 oz. of frozen or fresh sliced strawberries 1 can of Cream Cheese Frosting 1 can of whipped topping

*Function-a-tize is meant to serve 12-15 people

Cooking

Thaw the berries and reserve the juice. Once the cake has been prepared and cooled (or made it home from the store!) Spoon juice over cake, Spread the frosting over top. Once you are

Committee Approved!

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Man shall not eat by bread alone, but even Jesus had to eat!

Whole Foods Sweet Frog Tyson Foods In-N-Out Burger Chic-fil-a

Did you know that the following food based companies and restaurants were founded and ran on Christian principles? Click eat link to go to the chains site.

Find more companies founded on Christian principles by checking out an article by Dan Gilgoff for religionblogs.cnn

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Focus on Living: Come to the table -Rose Christopher

When you read the word of God, it’s no mistaking that Jesus loved food. While dining with sinners after calling the disciples, he taught about who should be saved (Matthew 9:9-13). While eating in a field he taught about work and the Sabbath day (Matthew 12). He used food items as parables such as mustard seeds and leavened bread. He also used food to perform miracles such as the five fish and two loaves of bread. And who can forget the last supper. No wonder Christ is considered the bread of Heaven!

children of God in the presence of other people. At the table, they learn how to respect each other and they see respect of the adults’ one to another at the table. Dinner time is a great time to see if your children understand the bible and how people perceive God. They feel more comfortable asking questions about God and are more accepting of hearing and discussing faith when they are among their family. They are more comfortable with voicing their own views on faith. As parents we owe it to them to talk straight about what God has commanded us to do.

In 2009 only a *reported 57 percent of Christian families ate dinner together on regular biases. Of those 57 percent, only about 17 percent relied on biblical text to rear their children. What is wrong with that picture? The numbers have not changed that much. Only an additional 3 percent of families in general sit to eat meals together and only an additional 2 percent rely on Biblical Text for child rearing.

It’s not all about the 18 and under crowd. We as adults’ are God’s children too! Even if you don’t have children or they have their own schedule’s you and your spouse or other adults who live in your household should use the dinner table as an opportunity to connect as well. There is no better time to talk about how you feel about God than over a steaming plate of fettuccini. Feelings of how God is treating you or how close, or even absent you feel he is, are more likely to come out at the table.

We can talk all day about the benefits of eating together as a family. Children are less likely to use drugs or alcohol. It helps families communicate better and builds self esteem. It also causes families to make healthier food choices. While all these things are wonderful and needed, I believe that as Christian families we should look a little deeper into what meal time provides.

As Christians, called by the name of Christ, it is our duty to be more Christ like. And if that means that I get to put food in my mouth, I’m all for it! But on a serious level, we need to look at the table, and what happens there, the way God did. He saw the table as a tool for teaching. He used it as an instrument for witnessing, and the food; he used it to symbolize the true nourishment of a believer…the word of God. Let’s get back to the table and set a place for Christ.

We take our children to service on Sunday and make sure that get to the right Sunday school class, but do we talk candidly and honestly about how they are to apply what they learn in service to school, sports and life!? Meal time is a great time to ask the kids to talk about their day and offer practical, Biblical solutions and ideas on how to deal with life issues. It is ten maybe even twenty times harder to be a preteen and teen in 2012 than it was when I was in school. With toddlers having viral pushing videos on YouTube now, I can see that even pre-school is rough. We also teach our children to pray at the table. Not the God is good; God is great prayer, but real deep meaningful prayer. We show our children how to ‘talk’ to the God that seems so much larger than life. We get them comfortable with being

For recipe and faith based conversation starters click the picture to view our cookbooks!

*Information found at Mothertalkers.com

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Sometimes we get stuck in a food rut. We are often afraid to try different cuisines because we are unfamiliar with the flavors, or we don’t feel as though we will like them because we have a generalized profile in mind. Here are some cuisine profiles that will help you get comfortable enough to travel the world…with your tongue!

Thai food is known for being spicy. But, the cuisine itself places great detail on aromatics. Like most Asian cuisines, balance is key. Sweet, salty, sour and bitter must all be present in each dish. Cilantro, Thai Basil, lemongrass and mint are usually present in most dishes. Try Tom Yum Soup or Beef Satay as an introduction to this cuisine.

Indian food has been influenced by different religious cultures.

As it varies

across India common ingredients are selected for aromatic as well as deep, saturated flavor. You will find various curry powders, saffron, cumin, coriander and ginger in most dishes. Coconut is also used a lot across the region. Try palak paneer as a starter to this cuisine.

Mediterranean food is often thought to consist of primarily citrus.

While Citrus has it’s

place, Mediterranean food includes Italian, French, Moroccan, Grecian and Lebanese food. Olive oil, yogurt, parsley, mint and fresh vegetables are staples of this profile. Try humus or a dish that consists of whole grains and fresh fish or ratatouille, as an stepping stone to this cuisine.

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As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the world, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 1 Peter 2:2-3

“It is a sad thing to be a Christian at a dinner table [with] heathens in our shops and devils in our closets. -Stephen Charlock

“The purpose of the Lord’s supper is to receive from Christ the nourishment and strength and hope and joy that comes from feasting our souls on all that he purchased for us on the cross, especially his own fellowship.” -John Piper

Lord God, help us to take nourishment to a deeper level. Allow us to draw near to you so that we may live out the words of your darling Son Jesus when he spoke to the devil in the wilderness, saying that man shall not live by bread alone but by your every word. Help us to seek that word, absorb it and feast upon it so that we can bring nourishment to a hungry world. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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Page of Power- Feeding the soul

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. -2 Peter 3:18


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conversationally inviting. There are many topic starters that have multiple questions. The goal of “Fresh favorites” is to get you to think about things that are common to your faith walk in new ways.

Divine Manna: Fresh Favorites “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with me.” Revelations 3:20

This verse speaks volumes to the importance of food. Not physical food, but spiritual food. There are many times in the Bible where Christ ‘dinned’ with sinners. He took those opportunities to teach and guide. He used the time not just to nourish his body with a prepared meal, but to nourish the souls of those around him.

We hope that as you enjoy these wonderful meals submitted by our readers, that you will find not only a new favorite recipe but a new passion for your faith walk. Enjoy! -Ann

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Photo Credits Photos shown may not be the actual photo by the recipe source cited in this book. Here are the credits for the photos.

Cover: 123rf.com “400wm” Intro page:123rf.com This page: i170.photobucket.com Fried zucchini: halfhourmeals.com Taco Soup: Hoosierhomade.com Braised Pattypan: michellemarievoss.com

Thank you to all that submitted recipes! You all made it very hard to choose and I am sure I am going to have to diet after all of this!!! Keep on cooking and having family devotion at the table. There will be more books to come and who knows; you just might find your recipe in one of them!

Shepherd’s Pie: Delish.com Ro-tel chicken: rotel.wideumbrella.com Sausage boil: Oaklandgardenkitchen.wordpress Spicy Asian stir fry: 123rf.com Zucchini casserole: skinnytaste.com Pizza Casserole: yummly.com Watermelon gazpacho: everyfoodfits.com Cucumber melon soup: not pictured Sasso: Submitters photo actual product is shown

Divine Manna “Fresh Favorites” © July 2012. Created at From the Desk Creations™; Wallaceville Road Chickamauga, Ga. Direct all inquires to rose.studio6@yahoo.com. All the information herein has been checked for accuracy. No responsibility is accepted for deletions, omissions, errors and/or inaccuracies. Publisher reserves the right o place any ad on first come first serve basis. No materials contained herein may be reproduced without the exclusive written permission of the original creator of the material. All information, images or references contained has been acquired by permission or general search and is cited, noted or referenced as required by source. Copyright 2011 by From the Desk Creations™. Created in the U.S.A

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Table of Contents

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“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” 2Corthians 5:17

Sasso

Starters and Sides

The common ingredient:

Fried Zucchini 5 Taco Soup 6 Sweet Braised Pattypan 7

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Main Dishes Summer Shepherd’s Pie 8 Ro-tel Chicken 9 Sausage Boil 10 Spicy Asian Stir fry 11 Zucchini Casserole 12 Pizza Casserole 13

Root vegetables are amazing foods. They can grow to unexpected sizes. This is especially true for zucchini. They can get up to the size of a small baseball bat and still be edible! Take a moment to reflect as you prepare and enjoy this dish. How much have you grown spiritually? Can you tell the difference between the person you are in Christ now, and the person you were five years ago? In what ways hove you changed for the better? Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 6 min about three mins on each side. Serves: 4-6

Fried Zucchini –Lakieda Montgomery, Laurel MT

Sweet Endings

The hardware:

Watermelon Gazpacho 14

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Notes:


One large skillet, cast iron works best! One medium bowl One large deep dish to put flour in for dredging

sides.

The ingredients: 2 cups of flour Âź cup of corn meal 2 medium or one really large zucchini squash Salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder to taste Oil of your choice to fry in (vegetable or olive oil work best but you could also use peanut or canola) Âź cup of buttermilk. You can also use half and half with a cap full of white vinegar in it. Preparation: Put your flour and cornmeal in the dish and set aside. Pour your buttermilk or milk mixture in the bowl and set that aside as well. Now, for the zucchini, if you are using English zucchini you can leave all the skin on. If not, remove the skin on only two sides. Cut strips down the length of the zucchini so that each slice has peel on each side of the slice. If you choose to do penny rounds, leave all the skin on. The skin just helps keep the zucchini from falling apart. Next put your seasoning on the zucchini. Be sure to add just a little salt and pepper to the flour mixture. Now you are ready to dredge. Run your zucchini the flour coating the entire slice. Then dip your slice in the milk and back into the flour dredge. Bring your oil up to medium high heat and fry until golden on both

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“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas

Taco

because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed. Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have

Soup

believed.” John 20:29

Submitted by Wylea Miller, Ringgold GA

The Common ingredient: The great thing about a taco is that it is easy to eat on the run. You can pick it up with your fingers and eat it. The thought that this recipe is a soup challenges the essence of what a taco really is. Soup isn’t easy to eat on the run. Think about the verse above and then look around for ‘tangible’ or touchable, evidence of God’s word in your life. What are the things you see that make you believe the word of God? Has God had to show you something in order for you to truly believe something he promised you?

The Hardware: One large skillet One 5 qt. Crock, Stock or Dutch oven The ingredients: 1 pkg taco seasoning 1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch powder seasoning 1 can pinto beans 1 can black beans 2 cans kidney beans 2 cans whole kernel corn 2 cans diced tomatoes 1 pkg ground beef

Prep Time: 15 Cook time: 20

Preparation: In a skillet brown ground beef, drain, and then return back to pan and cook with taco seasoning as directed on package. In a crock pot or large pot, combine ground beef, canned vegetables/beans, and ranch packet. Let it warm and summer until ready to serve. You can eat this like a soup or you can also use it to dip tortilla chips in.

Serves: Depending on whether you use it as a soup or a dip, about 612. Notes

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Sweet

medium high heat for 10 mins. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15-20 mins or until liquid has reduced to your liking and the squash is fork tender.

Braised Pattypan Squash -Ann Christopher, Rossville GA

The Hardware: One large sauce pan The ingredients: 2 large or 3 small Pattypan squash, peeled ¼ cup of sugar ¼ cup of brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon A pinch of nutmeg ½ tablespoon of vanilla extract or flavoring ½ stick of sweet cream margarine or butter ¼ cup water

“And he said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answering said, the Christ of God.” Luke 9:20

When people hear the word ‘squash’ they often don’t know what to think about it. Is it savory or sweet? The truth is squash is versatile. You can make it savory one moment and sweet the next. You never have to fix it the same way twice. God’s word is like that. Not that you can make it what you want it to be, but in the sense that as you walk through life, God takes you through various experiences. When you read a bible verse during one experience, and then again during a different one, it may not mean the same to you as it did the first time you read it. What scriptures have you found to be “situational”?

Prep time: 5 min Cook Time: 15 mins

Preparation: Peel the Pattypan squash after rinsing and cut in half. Remove the seeds from the middle. Some seeds will remain but it is okay to eat them. Once you have removed most of the seeds, take off the top stalk (the little green nub on top) and cut into slices. In the sauce pan, bring the water, both sugars and spices up to boil. Add the Pattypan and the butter and cover with a lid. Stir a little and let cook on

Serves: 4 Notes

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“Then said Jesus unto them again,

Summer

and combine. While the potatoes are still in the hot water, mash them up together. Spread the potatoes mixture over the hamburger and top with cheese. Place in the oven to bake until the cheese is melted and golden.

Shepherd’s pie –Raquel Dempsey, Blowing Rock NC

The Hardware: One Large pot to boil noodles One pot to boil potatoes One deep cast iron skillet

Verily, Verily I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.” John 10:7

The Common Ingredients: This dish was originally prepared by Irish shepherds with lamb. Even though this version uses hamburger, it is still called a Shepherd’s pie. When you hear the words “lamb” and “shepherd” do you think of Jesus? In what ways has he led you in the last few months? Share with those who are eating this meal with you your victory through Christ.

Prep time: 15 mins

The Ingredients: 1 pound of ground Hamburger 8 oz of wide egg noodles 1 15oz can of sweet yams 1 15 oz can of sliced white potatoes 1 cup of shredded cheese 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes 1 15 oz can of whole kernel corn Salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley flake to taste ½ package of onion soup mix

Cook time: 40 from start to finish Serves: 4 Notes:

Preparation: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot, put both the white and sweet potatoes together with ¼ cup of water and boil on medium high heat for about 10 mins. While the potatoes are going, brown your hamburger and put the egg noodles on to boil. Everything should come together at the same time. Once your hamburger has browned, drain and add the onion soup mix. Add the tomatoes and corn to the mixture and the seasonings to taste. Add the egg noodles

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I give you theand authority “You“Behold, have granted me life favor, to onhas serpents and scorpions, and trample your care preserved my and over all the power of the enemy, spirit.” and nothing shall by any means -Job 10:12hurt

Ro-tel™ Chicken

you.” Luke 10:19 The Common Ingredient:

Submitted by Wylea Miller, Ringgold GA

The common ingredient:

The Hardware: One oblong baking dish The Ingredients: 2lbs chicken, cooked 1 bag Doritos 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup milk 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes Velveeta cheese, cut up Nacho garnishes of your choice

Sausage

Preparation: Spray oblong baking dish with Pam. Cover bottom of pan with Doritos. Shred chicken and place on top of Doritos. In a bowl mix onion, milk, both soups and tomatoes together. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Top with cheese and bake for 5 to 10 minutes longer, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with your favorite nacho toppings and enjoy!

The ingredients: 1 ½ pound smoked sausage or 8 Italian Sausages 1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 cups of Chicken or veggie broth 1 bag of Kroger Caldo Blend Vegetables (or any similar brand of bagged veggies consisting of small ears (not baby!) of

boil

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Schrader, Maynard MA The hardware: One Stock pot

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Prep time: 20 mins Prep Time: 10 mins Cook time: 40 mins Cook time: 30 min (20 is for the Serves: 4 rice) Serves: 6

Notes: Notes:


corn on the cob; whole new potatoes; pearl onions; sliced carrots and celery) 1 ½ cups of water 1tblsp of each salt; pepper; garlic powder; onion powder; Italian seasoning blend; coriander; yellow curry powder; paprika. ½ tsp of sage 1 half bell pepper cut in to two large pieces and the seeds taken out Preparation: In the stock pot, put 1 tablespoon of butter over medium high heat and let melt. If you are not using the Italian Sausage, cut your smoked sausage into 3 inch pieces. You should end up with 6 pieces, about 2 pieces per person. If you are using Italian sausages just place them in the butter. Add the bell pepper pieces. Once the sausage has browned, take out the sausages and place aside. Leaving the bell pepper in, pour in the chicken broth and water and bring to a boil. Add the spices and bring to a second boil. Once your stock has come up to the second boil, add the veggie blend. Boil for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are just fork tender, but not quite done. Remove the bell pepper and discard. Note: (If you could not find the veggie blend and you chose to add the ingredients separately, after a good clean, drop the veggies in and boil until the potatoes are almost done if you are using fresh potatoes. If you are using canned potatoes, don’t put them in until you add the sausage back in! In that case you will boil until the Corn is almost done, about 20 min.) Once the veggies have boiled for almost 20-25 min, add the sausage back in, add the shrimp and boil for another 10. Now is the time to test for salt. Add more if needed.

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Spicy Asian Stir

“He what aislamp, writtenputs in “No said one, unto whenhim; he lights Howplace readest thou?aAnd he ittheinlaw? a secret or under basket, answering said, “Thou love the but on a lampstand, thatshall those who Lord thy God see withthe all light.” thy heart, and come in may with thy soul and with all thy Lukeall 11:33 strength and with all they mind and The common ingredient: thy neighbor as thyself”.”

Fry Submitted by Rodney Carrolton, Hollywood FL

Luke There 10:26-27 are a lot of people who stay The Hardware: One deep wok A pot to boil rice and broccoli in The Ingredients: 2 8oz. Chuck round sliced 1 cup of rice (uncooked) 1 cup of broccoli ¼ to ½ cup of prepared Kung Poa sauce (found in Asian section at your local supermarket) 1 cup of cole slaw mix 2 tablespoons of soy sauce Salt, pepper and Garlic powder to taste Preparation: Boil the rice until it is almost done, about 5 min shy. Move off the heat and add the broccoli and put a lid on the rice. It will continue to cook and steam the broccoli. In the wok heat three tablespoons of oil on high heat and toss in the sliced chuck round. Cook until just shy of your desired likeness. Add the rice and broccoli mixture, seasonings and sauce. For the sauce taste it with your finger to decided whether or not you want to add the lesser amount of sauce or the higher amount of sauce indicated. Add the cole slaw mix and let it all come together for about 3 mins. Remove from heat and enjoy!

Zucchin i Cassero

away from certain vegetables, like Zucchini because they swear they don’t The common ingredient: like them simply because they had them prepared by someone it badly. Americans love takewho outdid food. It’s Have you ever encountered someone fast and convenient. Maybe that is who had fallen away from the faith why so many get a joy out of being because of a bad experience with able to prepare their favorite take Christians or believers? How did you out dish Have at home. Have respond? you ever leftyou a bad taste thought about the convenience in someone’s life when your actionsof God’s word?your How often dofaith? you contradicted admission

recall his word to your heart or his words through the written scriptures throughout the day? Prep Time:

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From Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes; submitted by Lauren Rogers, Chickamauga GA

Cook The Submitter Time: 50 of this minrecipe starthastocited finish this as belongingthe to orrice obtained including cook from timeGina’s

Prep Servestime: 12 10mins

Weight Watchers™ Recipes. The following information Serves: 4-6has been provided for those who are on the Weight Watchers ™ program.

Notes:

Weight Watchers™ Information: Old points: 2.5

New Points+: 3

The Hardware: One large mixing bowl One 9x13 baking dish

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Notes:


One skillet to brown hamburger A 9x13 casserole dish

The Ingredients: 4 cups grated zucchini 1 cup bisquick (using heart smart) 1 small onion, grated 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 tsp salt 1 tsp parsley

Ingredients: 1 bag of Egg Noodles 1 extra large can of Ragu sauce {or any tomato sauce you prefer} 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 1/2 lbs hamburger meat 1 package pepperonis

Preparation: Preheat oven to 350°. Mix everything together in a bowl. Spray a pie dish or a casserole with Pam and pour mixture. Bake approximately 45 minutes, until golden brown. Put a toothpick in the center to test if it is done. If it comes out clean, it is ready. Divide into 12 equal parts

Preparation: Brown the meat, & drain. Boil noodles until soft, drain and set aside. Next, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Now the layering starts! Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom then add half of the noodles. Next you will add half of the meat and

PIZZA

CASSEROLE Submitted by Lauren Rogers, Chickamauga Ga

The Hardware:

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“The fruit of the righteous is the tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30

The common Ingredient: Pizza is something almost everyone can eat. Whether vegan or meat eater, on a diet or not, there is form of pizza for everyone and every diet. Think and discuss ways that Christianity benefits everyone. Talk about different ways you and your family can witness to people.

Prep time: 15 mins Cook Time: 45-50 mins (including pasta time) Serves: 6 Notes


top with half of the sauce. Start your second layer with the rest of the noodles followed by half the cheese, and then add the rest of the ingredients in layers as before ending with the cheese. Finally top the casserole with the pepperonis. Cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the foil & bake for another 15 minutes. Once it's done baking, take it out & let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes. {This IS A MUST! If you don’t allow it to cool, it will not settle together and it will just fall apart on your fork!}

Preparation: Peel your watermelon, remove seeds and cut into small cubes. You may need to do this in batches depending on how much your blender can hold. If you need to do batches just puree all the watermelon pouring a little of the half and half in at a time. Then pour everything into a bowl and add the other liquids at the end. Otherwise, put everything in a blender and mix. You could also but everything in a bowl and use an emersion blender. Once the mixture is blended well, chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Watermelon gazpacho Curtis Hosier, Monroe LA The Hardware: Either a standard blender or an emersion blender and a bowl The Ingredients: 1 smaller size watermelon about 5 to 7 lbs ½ cup of half and half ½ cup of coconut or pineapple juice Salt to taste

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“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

The common ingredient: In the south there is much debate about whether you are to eat melon with salt or more sugar. People have been known to get into heated arguments over this! Think back to a time when you disagreed with another believer on God’s word. What was the debate over? Did you or the other person change your view afterwards? What could you have done differently to keep the debate from escalating? For both recipes: Prep time: 8 mins Cook Time: none Serves: 6 (1/2 cup servings) Notes


r and Melon Soup Curtis Hosier, Monroe LA The Hardware: Either a standard blender or an emersion blender and a bowl The Ingredients: 1 English cucumber peeled and coarsely chopped 1 Honeydew melon with skins and seeds removed and chopped 3 tbsp of cream of coconut ½ cup of pineapple juice ½ tsp of salt Preparation: Blend all the ingredients together as you did for the watermelon gazpacho. Allow mixture to chill overnight or at least an hour. Garnish with more melon or fresh berries.

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Sasso

the wooden spoon and place the scoop of peanut butter on the wooden spoon. Roll it around. Now deposit the covered peanut butter into the coconut and use another spoon to roll it around. Place on your final cookie sheet and continue the process until you have used all the peanut butter. Chill the sasso for at least 3 hours before serving.

Rose Christopher, Rossville GA

The Hardware: Two mixing bowls Two cookie sheets one lined with parchment paper A melon scoop or a teaspoon A wooden spoon A teaspoon (if you are not using a melon scoop, this will be your second spoon!) The ingredients: ¾ cup of peanut butter, softened ½ cup of Chocolate morsels ¼ cup of confectioners’ sugar 1 tsp of cinnamon A pinch of nutmeg A pinch of salt ¼ cup of half and half 1 tsp of vanilla flavoring 1 tsp of butter 1 cup of coconut Preparation: In one of the bowls, mix the peanut butter and spices together. Cover and let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours but overnight is best. In the second bowl melt the chocolate morsels into the cream using a double boiler over low heat. You can also do this in the microwave by heating it for one minute, stirring and continuing to heat for a minute and stir until it is melted and incorporated. While the mixture is still warm, add the vanilla and the butter. In a 350 degree oven toast the coconut until golden by putting it on one of the cookie sheets. Once the coconut is toasted and the chocolate has cooled you can now take out the peanut butter. Setup a station by placing the ingredients in order from left to right place the peanut butter, the chocolate with a wooden spoon in the bowl, the coconut and the other cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Scoop out the peanut butter with either a small melon scoop or a tsp. The tsp would make the stone shape as you will not be rolling these in your hand. Put some of the chocolate in

“And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church and the very gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16”18

The common ingredient: The word ‘Sasso’ means rock in Italian. The creator used the shape of the dessert to give it a name. Isn’t it wonderful that God has given us a name! A name that no other could name that we will receive when we reach home. But as for now, among the many titles he gave us as he walked on earth, the church is one of them. Thing of the ways you have needed God to be a cornerstone for your foundation of life. Take a moment to thank him for being your rock.

Prep time: 8 mins Cook Time: none Serves: 6 (1/2 cup servings) Notes

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