Thursday, December 27, 2007

What's on the Menu??

Christmas Dinner 2007

Apple Maple Pork Tenderloin Rotisserie
Mushroom & Onion Risotto
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Mixed Greens with Walnuts, Crumbled Feta,
& Pomegranate Seeds and Dressing

My amazing husband and I whipped up this meal for our family this Christmas. It was absolutely delicious!! I say this not in a boastful tone, but truly in awe of how far we have come. You see, January 8th (Elvis' birthday) will mark our 14th wedding anniversary, so let me take a moment to reminisce one of our first cooking experiences as a newly married couple.

We were honeymooning in various CA locations, one of which was where we now reside on the central coast. We took a little day trip up to Morro Bay and treated ourselves to the most "melt-in-your-mouth" cinnamon roll we'd ever tasted, cream cheese frosting and all. Returning to the vacation home with a package of the tantalizing mix in hand, we decided to make many more of these cinnamon rolls for the coming days. We found some plastic "warming dishes" in the cupboard and loaded the rolls into a 400 degree oven.

There was smoke. There was fire. There was melting plastic. Burned cinnamon rolls. Aghast expressions. And a general "how could this have happened" feeling resonating in the kitchen.

Patrick and I always look back and laugh with a hearty chortle (snorting even), at this chaotic experience, but we also liken it to Genesis 1:28. As a married couple, we have been called to be fruitful and to subdue the earth. The Hebrew for subdue is kabash which is translated "to subject, or to bring into bondage." This is what we try to do, by God's good grace, as a married couple. We take what is chaotic and undisciplined (ie. sinful habits or out of control laundry or lack of knowledge) and subject them to what is good and right. It could also be likened to the way a sheep is bound or subject to his shepherd, not by chains, but by being taught what is right and how to keep from danger... how to walk in abundance and along righteous paths.

So here's to the new year, to more delicious, non-disaster type meals, and to a marriage that is bound and subject to our Lord, the Master Chef who is preparing a phenomenal wedding banquet for His bride, the Church. I can't wait!! Bon Apetit!!

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