Recipes: Choux Pastry: 1 Cup (8 oz) Water 4 oz (one stick) butter, cubed 145 grams AP Flour (about 3/4 cup) 1 Tbsp sugar Pinch Salt 4 Large eggs, beaten Preheat oven to 375º. Prep a baking sheet with parchment or silpat. Bring water to a boil over medium high heat, and add sugar, salt and butter. When it return to a boil, dump in … Continue reading Choux Pastry – Eclairs
Here’s the recipe! Ingredients: 1.5 Cups Chocolate Chips/Pieces (*real* chocolate only!) 1 pint Heavy Cream 15 Double-Stuf Oreos Procedure: Preheat oven to 350º Melt chocolate in microwave, using 20-second bursts, stirring between bursts. Don’t let it burn! Cool to almost room temperature. Pulse Oreos in a food processor to fine crumbs. You can also put them in a plastic bag and crush them with a … Continue reading Chocolate Mousse Pie
Slice or pound boneless chicken breast to uniform thickness, around .5 inches. Sauté over medium heat until just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from pan.—— For Wine & Butter sauce: Set pan heat to medium Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to pan Sauté 1/3 cup of finely chopped onions until translucent and barely browned Add 2 Tbsp finely chopped sundried tomatoes Deglaze … Continue reading Chicken and Pan Sauce video
Whelp, today I embark on my Summer Epic Road Trip. After more than four months of pandemic isolation in Austin and a month of my sabbatical gone, it’s time for a change of scenery. Through all this time I’ve been good about pandemic protocols; staying masked when out of the house, staying distanced from people as much a possible. Last Tuesday I had my first … Continue reading Road Trip!!
In recent weeks lots of people have been asking me what’s next, after I depart the University Catholic Center on June 30th. This is a complicated and unstable time for all of us, and plans can change on very short notice, but here’s what I know right now. On July 1, we will turn over pastoral care of the University Catholic Center to Fr. Jonathan … Continue reading So, What’s Next?
Because it’s Pentecost, there’s a great temptation to preach about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. That’s how we know the Spirit is present, isn’t it? Because those gifts are manifested? If I asked you to list the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, could you do it? If you’re part of the Church’s more theological tradition, you’d probably list those gifts: Wisdom, Fortitude, Piety, Fear … Continue reading Pentecost: The Holy Spirit, and the Path Forward
Catholic Charities USA was founded in 1910 on the campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. As the association of local Catholic Charities affiliates, Catholic Charities USA works to provide advocacy for the poor, and networking for the 1700 agencies across the country that are its members. In 2007, Catholic Charities member agencies provided hope and assistance to 7.7 Million people. … Continue reading Catholic Charities
This Lent, in many Catholic parishes, you may see people preparing for baptism and initiation into the Church. These people, called Catechumens, are on a journey of spiritual growth. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the formal process that guides that journey, and during Lent, there are particular markers along that road. On some of the Sundays of Lent, the catechumens are presented … Continue reading Catachumens
In ancient times, before the founding of the city of Rome, the Etruscans began the practice of burying their dead in underground chambers. Although the early Romans usually cremated their dead, the early Christians revived the use of catacombs because cremation was thought to deny the Christian belief in the resurrection of the body. By the second century, Christians had begun excavating extensive catacombs in … Continue reading Catacombs
When Pope Benedict XVI was elected on April 19th, he inherited more than just the leadership of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics. He also got a really nice vacation property just 14 miles southeast of Rome. Castel Gandolfo is a small town on the shore of Lake Albano. It first came under the patronage of the Holy See in 1604, when it was acquired by … Continue reading Castel Gondolfo