Thursday, September 8, 2011

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: A Little Somethin' Pumpkin

For starters, some food for thought:

"God has commanded the church to evangelize the lost because He wants to give us the privilege of learning to obey Him and to love this needy world as He does.  He wants His people to participate with Him in the redemption of the world!  It is our greatest privilege to serve Him out of love." 
K.P. Yohannan

Jesus replied:  "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself."
Matthew 22:37-39

"The giving of love is an education in itself."
Eleanor Roosevelt

"Loving kindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others."
Sharon Salzberg

"LOVE is a verb.  It is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing."
William Arthur Ward

"Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."
Maya Angelou

"We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy."
Francis of Assisi

And, now, some delicious and nutritious soup, Pumpkin Soup:

1 large sweet onion
1 T olive oil
1 T minced garlic (I use more)
1 T minced candied ginger
1 T ground cumin
1/8 t cayenne pepper
1/8 t curry powder
2 (15 oz) cans unsweetened pumpkin
1 c water
1 (32 oz) container of chicken broth
1 (13.5 oz) can lite coconut milk
2 T fresh lime juice
2 1/2 t salt

Saute onion in a soup pot until tender.  Add garlic and next four ingredients; saute one minute.  Add pumpkin, one cup of water, and broth; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium; add coconut milk, lime juice, and salt.  Simmer, stirring often for 25 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Cool completely.  Blend with an immersion blender til smooth.  Reheat and serve with a heaping dollop of love.

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