clam chowder

clam chowder

“The kingdom of heaven is not a reward for works, but a gift of grace prepared by the Master for His faithful servants. Saint Mark the Ascetic   This simple to prepare clam chowder is a favorite during the cold months of winter.  It’s a quick meal that warms and nourishes through and through.  It is a great choice for Cheesefare Week – which is just around the corner!  Since it is not a thick clam chowder, so there is no...

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cool refreshing Bulgarian cucumber soup

cool refreshing Bulgarian cucumber soup

After forty days of fasting from meat, it might be disappointing to see a vegetarian recipe, but this soup is soooo delicious.   We have a really wonderful friend from Bulgaria who brought this over for Pascha.  This is a great no cook soup – perfect for a warm sunny day.  The cucumbers and dill make it light and fresh, but then the walnuts add a richness to an already delicious soup. One note – this recipe is made from a homemade...

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lenten chili with guacamole

lenten chili with guacamole

 This lenten vegetarian chili with guacamole is an easy weeknight favorite and if you end up with leftovers – it tastes even better the day after! Chili can spark great debates about how it should be eaten.  Whether you like yours on it’s own or with rice, is up to you.  During Lent, we always serve our chili over brown rice.  The reason is a little nutrition combined with traditional know how that amounts to a complete protein on...

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panang curry Lenten soup

panang curry Lenten soup

A very good tip for the fast, that we discovered some years back, is to make meals that were meant to be vegetarian or vegan in the first place.  We wanted to embrace the fast with joy, as we are taught… but each fake hamburger, or look a-like taco made us just wish we were eating meat. My first visit to an Orthodox monastery was five or six years ago and it was during Great Lent.  The food on their table was simple and great.  The meals...

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lenten winter curry squash soup

lenten winter curry squash soup

This lenten curry squash soup is born out of several squashes from our CSA box that have just been sitting on the kitchen counter.  You really can use any winter squash variety.  We used a sugar pumpkin, butternut and acorn squash – so this is more of a triple squash soup. Use whatever winter squash you have on hand, or that you can find in the market.  Kabocha squash would be great in this spiced squash soup too. A note about the curry...

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