So, my Mom got me this incredible cookbook for Christmas – Building the Family Cookbook by Suzanne Fowler. Not only does it have some great recipes, but it’s a simple way to incorporate a Catholic culture into something we do every day – cook! Each recipe celebrates a saint’s feast day and gives a short history of the saint’s life and achievements. Alex loves to ask what we’re going to make each week, and he listens patiently as I explain why we celebrate the life of that particular saint. I can see this cookbook becoming a staple in our home year after year.
On January 1st we celebrated the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and for the first time in my life I made a soufflé. Despite my best attempts to sabotage my own cooking, it came out quite delicious (and fed us for four days).
On January 4th we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton with Colonial Brown Bread. I haven’t always been the biggest brown bread fan, but this one was slightly sweet, very rich and almost gone in no time.
On January 6th we celebrated the Epiphany of the Lord with a King’s Cake – another first for me. Alex loved every messy step and although I almost succeeded in burning down the kitchen, we all enjoyed the final results and Daddy got the baby!
The Making of the King’s Cake
On January 17th we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Anthony of Egypt with a very savory Pork Roast, although I just slightly overcooked it. I don’t cook pork often!
This past Friday we made Cheese Arrows to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Sebastian and it’s the first recipe that hasn’t turned out well. Edible, but I’m certain nothing like they were supposed to taste. We’ll hope we do better with that one next year!
We have some great recipes coming up this week and Alex and Daddy will be particularly excited to see St. John Bosco’s Pizza by the Yard…