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Sarah Jackson joins the podcast to discuss her work with Casa de Paz Colorado. Several years ago, Sarah Jackson went on a trip to the US/Mexico border with a humanitarian aid organization working on immigration issues. She spoke with people who had been deported. She learned about people’s reasons for migrating, and the dangers they face in doing so. She saw first-hand families being separated. Then she returned to Colorado and couldn’t go return to her normal life after this experience. She decided to do something about it because she believes families should be together.  She opened Casa de...

Episode 28: Shalom in the Home

Hey Sistas

 

Join Jerusalem Greer and me for Shalom in the Home, our monthly conversation on peacemaking at home and in our community. We talk about hospitality and the insecurities we have around gathering the people in our lives.

 

A Recipe for Maundy Thursday: Chicken and Dumplings

From A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together

Ms. J’s Chicken and Dumplings

This recipe is my answer to the Matzo Ball Soup and the Baked or Roasted Chicken that are often a staple of a modified Seder Supper. Not being Jewish, but being Southern, Chicken and Dumplings seemed like the perfect alternative to these traditional Seder dishes. And as for the recipe title, well, that comes from Sweet Man’s nickname for me, in the southern tradition of Miss Ellie from the TV show Dallas.

This is a large recipe—enough for twelve adults. Note: You can use homemade or store-bought chicken stock, or a combination of both.

For the Broth

Bring 15 cups of chicken stock to a boil.

Add the following to the boiling liquid:

3 carrots, peeled, washed, and diced (optional)

3 celery stalks, washed and thinly sliced

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 tablespoon of salt

4 pounds of boneless chicken breast (frozen or thawed)

Once the chicken breasts are fully cooked, pull them out, and set them aside to cool.

Reduce broth to simmer and leave simmering while you make the dumplings.

For the Dumplings

Mix together the following ingredients:

6 cups of flour

3 tablespoons of baking powder

3 teaspoons of salt

Next, cut in 1 cup of solid vegetable shortening (use either a pastry cutter, or 2 table knives, or your food processor).

Once the shortening has been cut in well (creating a crumbly texture), begin adding ice cold water, ½ cup at a time, into the mixture. I use about 2¼ cup of ice water (sometimes I use more, sometimes I use less, depending on the humidity in the air).

Your goal is to create a dough that is soft, smooth, and easy to roll out but is not leathery or mushy or grainy. Next, roll your dough out. These dumplings are Southern-style flat dumplings like we make in Arkansas, not the round fluffy “drop” dumplings that are common in the North.

 

       Sista’ Tip: My good friend and baking mentor Lynn taught me this great kitchen tip: When rolling out dough, spread out a smooth kitchen towel on your counter (I prefer the flour sack variety) and cover it with a good dusting of flour. This will be your rolling surface, and after you are done, you can simply fold the towel up and take it outside to shake off the excess.

 

Roll out the dough, using a slightly floured rolling pin, to between ⅛ and ¼-inch thickness.

Next, using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips about 1 inch wide by 3 inches long.

Finally, bring your stock back to a rolling boil, and tear the cooked chicken breast into bite-size pieces, adding it back to the liquid. Once that is done, begin adding the strips of dumpling dough into the stock. Once all the strips have been added, give the pot a good stir, and cover. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Check every few minutes, stirring gently, until the dumplings are tender and cooked through, about 15–20 minutes.

 

 

A Prayer for Maundy Thursday: An old mennonite song makes a wonderful prayer for Maundy Thursday –  Sing the Journey

 

 

A Printable for Maundy Thursday – Based on the traditional Seder Supper tradition of having four glasses of wine throughout the meal, each representing the four expressions of deliverance promised by God Exodus 6:6-7: “I will bring out,” “I will deliver,” “I will redeem,” and “I will take.” Jerusalem has design a printable that you can give to each dinner guest, or print and deliver to neighbors with a jar of jam or bottle of wine. Frame with a dollar store clipboard or inexpensive frame or matte.

To download and print as many copies as you want, click HERE.

A Quote for Maundy Thursday:  (based on Saltproject.org How to Respect Other Religions)

   

“How can we begin to show hospitality? Eat together. Pray together. Hold each other’s babies.”

You can always visit Jerusalem at  http://jerusalemgreer.com

 

Want more Shalom in your life?  Follow Shalom in the City on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @shalominthecity. Come join us on Facebook at the Shalom Sistas’ Hangout.  You can find me, Osheta Moore on Twitter @osheta, Instagram @oshetam and Pinterest. 

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Part 2 of 2: Are the Militaries of the World Established by God? (Rom 13:1-2)

Greg considers what Paul meant in Romans 13:1-2 when he says “whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has established.” 


Send Questions To:
Dan: @thatdankent
Twitter: @reKnewOrg
Email: askgregboyd@gmail.com

Links:
Greg’s book:”Crucifixion of the Warrior God
Website: ReKnew.org 

Continue Reading Part 2 of 2: Are the Militaries of the World Established by God? (Rom 13:1-2)

Discipleship and the Imago Dei

A few years ago I gave a presentation to young undergraduate Christian students on the importance of discipleship, which was then followed by multiple small groups to discuss the subject further. During this group session, somebody asked if a “disciple” is a higher level of Christian than a “believer”. I felt a bit devastated with … Continue reading Discipleship and the Imago Dei → Continue Reading Discipleship and the Imago Dei

When Media Turns Monstrous: Keeping Kids Safe Online and Off

I’ve never been much for television, and I say that honestly.  I’m not one to sit in front of the tube and watch mindless hours of comedy, I am not up on the latest shows, and I don’t stream a single season of anything.  I’ve never even watched Gilmore Girls or Once Upon a … Continue reading → Continue Reading When Media Turns Monstrous: Keeping Kids Safe Online and Off

Vlog 30: Food

Steve introduces the next topic on the vlog: food, and how what we eat reflects our values. Micael is joined by Sarah in a response talking about why they are vegan: not depriving others of food in a world where we have too many people to all eat meat and other animal products. Watch embedded from YouTube below, or through our audio or video podcast...

Does archaeology show the Bible is true? Seven facts

I’m sure you will have read, and heard it said, that archaeology confirms the accuracy of the Bible. But you may also have heard from sceptics that the Bible isn’t historically accurate. So which is true? This is a complex matter with a wide variety of conclusions among the experts. I have tried to investigate … Continue reading Does archaeology show the Bible is true? Seven facts Continue Reading Does archaeology show the Bible is true? Seven facts

Part 1 of 2: Are the Militaries of the World Established by God? (Rom 13:1-2)

Greg considers what Paul meant in Romans 13:1-2 when he says “whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has established.”  


Send Questions To:
Dan: @thatdankent
Twitter: @reKnewOrg
Email: askgregboyd@gmail.com

Links:
Greg’s book:”Crucifixion of the Warrior God
Website: ReKnew.org 

Continue Reading Part 1 of 2: Are the Militaries of the World Established by God? (Rom 13:1-2)

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