Sunday, April 24, 2005


I think perhaps I have dreamed up the nearly perfect salsa recipe.
It goes something like this:

In a food processor, whiz the following:

3 pounds tomatoes from a can, can have spices added
(fresh would be better but it is still April!)
1 large or 2 medium onions, cut into quarters
6 jalapeno pepper slices with 1 TBS juice from jar
1 bunch cilantro
1 TBS minced garlic
2 tsp. salt

Chill for 2 hours and serve with favorite chips.
Makes 6 cups.

We had company for dinner this evening. Actually, we shared a meal and good fellowship with a dear friend, someone who has been a dear friend for years now. It reminded me of something I wrote in the introduction to the Campbell Women Cookbook that I published this past Christmas:

Each family has its own culture. We become a family by commonly sharing the ordinary in life. We celebrate together marriage and childbirth. We weep together at illness and death. We worship our Lord Jesus together around the Word and spur one another on to love and good works. We challenge each other, sometimes intensely, as we discuss politics and theology and usually the blending of both of them as we work out our faith and practice in everyday life. We enjoy the fruits of our labors and relax together. We learn about each other and with each other every single day. And in the midst of all of life, we enjoy the breaking of bread. I contend that around the dinner table is where we forge our own family history, where our family culture is birthed and honed.


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