Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Beer Can Chicken

I have a couple of those contraptions made especially to hold the beer can in place and to stand the chicken upright. I have done it without the special chicken stand, but I prefer the stability the special "stand" provides. Check at your local grill store, or maybe at your lawn and garden center.

I usually do two chickens at once to take advantage of the fire. I cook this on a 22.5" Weber. I bank the fire on two sides of the grill leaving the middle open for an aluminum drip pan. I flavor my fire with hickory chunks.

Wash the chickens thoroughly and pat dry. Remove giblets and sprinkle inside with Chef Paul's Salt-free Magic Seasoning. Insert four cloves of garlic under the skin down each side of the breast. That's right -- 8 cloves of garlic for each chicken.

Rub the bird with oil; then rub Chef Paul's seasoning on the outside. Mount chickens over the beer cans. I use soft drinks rather than beer. It's up to you. I stop up the neck cavity with a half a lime, a potato, or even with excess chicken fat if I have nothing else on hand. This helps seal the steam in so the chicken cooks faster from the inside out.

Place over a drip pan away from the heat in your grill. Cook until instant read thermometer inserted in breast reads 160. For me, that takes about 2 hours. I'd rather undercook the chicken than over do it.

Sometimes I debone the chicken, and if it needs more cooking, I put it in a cast iron pan and return to the Weber for more smoking.

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Monday, April 12, 2004

Rachel's Corn Bread

1 cup white corn meal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar

Mix dry ingredients together. Add egg and milk. Use additional milk if mixture is too thick.

Turn into a greased black cast-iron skillet and bake at 400 degrees until golden brown.
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Cabbage in Tomato Sauce

1 cabbage
1 pound bacon
1 Onion ; chopped
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup tomato sauce
salt and pepper

Cut cabbage coarsely and cook (either in microwave or in a bit of water in covered pot) until barely softened.

In the meantime in a sauce pan, fry the bacon until browned, but not quite crisp. Remove and set aside. In drippings sauté onion until soft.

Add tomato sauce, brown sugar, and salt and pepper. When sauce is well blended, pour over drained cabbage. Serve immediately.
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Thursday, January 1, 2004

Inform Your Face You Are a Christian

"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." 1 John 4:7

In a recent sermon, Father Jim told us the story of a preacher who asked his congregation if they are Christians? Of course, they all believed they were. Then Jim delivered the punch line: "If you are a Christian, will you please inform your face?"

The message, of course, is that those of us who are Christians sometimes forget that we have a mission to carry God's love with us everywhere we go. We don't always let the love of our Lord Jesus Christ show in our faces. We sometimes neglect to let others see our faces, and we sometimes neglect to look into the faces of those around us.

How many times in a day do we miss a perfect opportunity to help others come to know Jesus through the simple act of letting others see our faces? How many times on any given Sunday do we ignore the faces of those around us at our place of worship - - the very place where the Love of Christ should be transfiguring us and making us instruments in the spreading of His love?

Picture yourself attending a dinner party where no one spoke to you or welcomed you or paid attention to you, and you were left to wander about feeling alone and lost in the crowd. Would you throw a party at your house and treat a guest that way? What about at church? Would you treat a guest at our church that way?

Of course you wouldn't. Not intentionally. But you might inadvertently treat a guest this way if, like the people in the story Jim shared, you forgot to inform your face that you are a member of a community whose mission is to know and to share the love of Jesus Christ.

Father Jim shared a picture with us that day of what Jesus' face may have looked like. Our Evangelism Team challenges each and every one of you to ask yourself are you doing all you can to lift your face to others and to invite others to lift their faces to yours?

We challenge you not only to lift your face, but also to consciously seek out those in our midst who could use a cheerful smile, a warm welcome, a handshake, or friendly and helpful directions to the nursery, to the chapel or to the restroom. Wear your nametag so others can know your name. Do something really wacky one Sunday like positioning yourself at the patio entrance and shaking hands with every person who walks through the gate. Turn to someone you've never met and introduce yourself. Look each other in the eye and give a bit of Jesus' love simply by dropping your mask and letting another person see in your face that you are a Christian and that you want to love your neighbor as yourself.

Try it; you might be surprised at the difference you make in someone's life in the simple act of giving a bit of yourself by showing your face and looking for the face of Jesus in others. I believe it's what Jesus would do. (This article was written by dpjc for his parish's monthly magazine.)