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Monday, March 23, 2015

Broccoli Bites

 In planning the St Patrick's menu, I decide to use the Broccoli I had in my refrigerator to make what I called Broccoli bites using broccoli, onion, flour, egg and parmesan cheese.  

Since my Granddaughter does not eat vegetables, I decided to make them into small balls.  However, she developed pink eye and the celebration meal was cancelled.   I had placed the broccoli balls on parchment for baking, so I froze them.  

Last night, I pulled them out for supper.  I baked them at 400 until golden brown, about 30 to 40 mins  as they were frozen. 

2 stocks of broccoli, grated
1 egg
1/2 white onion finely chopped
1/2 c Parmesan Cheese (one could use other shredded cheese)
1/4 cup flour, add more if needed to form a ball

Roll balls in panko or bread crumbs, then dusted them with smoky paprika. 

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden at 375 degrees.

 I watched my granddaughter dipping the bites in a Ranch dressing and eating the appetizer without a complaint!   I think a cheesy dip would be awesome! 

Friday, March 20, 2015



The best gnocchi my daughter and I tasted was in a restaurant called "Wanted" (Birreria Moretti), a few blocks from the Colosseum  in Rome.  The tender and light Gnocchi were in a rich cream sauce, tiny bite size, about 1/2 inch in diameter and about 1 1/2 inches long.  The Gnocchi was not fried. We had this twice while in Rome and were not disappointed!

The recipe made by Gord Ramsay appealed to me as it spoke to a recipe that was developed to use leftover potatoes.

I decided to make Gnocchi when babysitting my granddaughter and for my son who picks her up at the end of his day.

After microwaving 4 small red potatoes, I spooned out the potato and mashed it with a fork.  Since I didn't have ricotta cheese as suggested and too lazy to blend the cottage cheese that I had, I added two tablespoons of Plain Greek yogurt, freshly ground pepper and one egg.  Then enough flour to make a soft dough, about 1/2 cup but probably could have added a bit more as red potatoes have a higher water content than yellow ones.  Working with floured hands, divide the dough into half, then roll out the dough into long strip.  Cut the strip into bite size pieces and press with a floured finger an indentation in the middle.  Drop into boiling water and lift out when the gnocchi rises to the top. 

The gnocchi will puff up when boiled.  Have a hot skillet ready with Olive Oil to brown the gnocchi.  Add butter and green peas to the pan.  

I used frozen peas and had to brown the gnocchi in the oven to get that rich golden color.   

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A reflection about a girl (and her puppet)

A reflection about a girl (and her puppet)

By in Community AnnouncementsMarilyn's Blog on February 10, 2015
I miss Marilyn, but I am in love with  another beautiful girl. 
No, Marilyn the CaScreen Shot 2015-02-10 at 3.29.58 PMtechetical puppet has not been replaced, nor has she been found. The sad reality is that she has been missing from our church since some time around New Years. However I have found a new beautiful girl who warms my soul.
This past Sunday after Divine Liturgy one of our youngest parishioners, a child of 2 or 3 years (who’s name I treasure, but did not ask if I could print) together with her dad handed me a orange muppet wearing a pink Disney princess dress. “She knows you miss Marilyn…” conveys the dad, “…so she decided to give you her puppet.”  Her eyes looked into mine to see my reaction as I lifted her precious princess.
Wow! What precious love and concern from a child. Giving her own loved possession to someone else because he is sad, and realizing that she may never get it back. (I will return the puppet today). If this is the state of our youngest people, I know we are in great hands.
As a parent I often forget that God put kids into our world to teach us and to show us what His Kingdom is all about.  To help us grow up. Too often we adults think we need to show “those kids” how to behave properly, when in actuality we need to learn how to pray and play from our kids. Children do things with great sincerely; with their whole hearts. They even trust that their precious puppet friends can serve a greater purpose such as making another person happy.
Over the past week I have spent a ton of time thinking about, and talking about, how we as a church need to focus more on serving our youth. We discussed programs to teach, others for prayer, some to serve with, and others to fundraise with… we talked about how we need more volunteer help (perhaps even hired help) to implement events, evangelize others, work closer with our Catholic Schools. There was a lot of very good and necessary discussion on a very good and necessary topic.
But is our attitude the right one?  Are we hoping to bolster our youth so that we can continue in the future? Or do we recognize our need to be surrounded by young people because they are the teachers and preachers of the present?
“At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” Matthew 11:25-26
It is time for us pay due attention to our little teachers. Let us pour forth our love and our energy into them. For if we do not we will never learn the ways of God.
To my new little sweet-heart: Your beautiful orange princess puppet is in the sacristy waiting for you.  Thank you for letting me have her for a week.
To whom ever may know where Marilyn is: please help us find her.  She has a lot of history.  If she is gone (gasp), let us know (anonymously if need be) and we shall move on.
In Christ,
Fr. Bo