It's peach season here in Kansas! Today, we cooked up some amazing, flavorful, fragrant and delicious peach jam! Once you try this recipe, you will be hooked!
"Mardi Gras season begins on January 6, of each year and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. One of the wonderful traditions of Mardi Gras, and probably the most delicious, is the King Cake.
On the Christian calendar, the 12th day after Christmas is celebrated as the date that the gift-bearing Magi visited the baby Jesus. This day, January 6, is known by several names, including "Epiphany", "Twelfth Night", or "Kings Day". The celebration of this event has evolved over the centuries, with each culture adding its own unique rituals. The New Orleans tradition, borrowing heavily from European influences, is believed to have begun in the 1870's. As part of this celebration, it is now traditional to bake a cake in honor of the three kings - the King Cake. King Cakes are oval-shaped to symbolize the unity of faiths. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors - purple representing justice, green representing faith, and gold representing power. A small baby, symbolizing the baby Jesus, is traditionally hidden inside each King Cake.
In New Orleans, King Cake parties are held throughout the Mardi Gras season. In offices, classrooms, and homes throughout the city, King Cakes are sliced and enjoyed by all. Like the Biblical story, the "search for the baby" adds excitement, as each person waits to see in which slice of cake the baby will be discovered. While custom holds that the person who "finds" the baby will be rewarded with "good luck", that person is also traditionally responsible for bringing the King Cake to the next party or gathering."
Text taken from http://neworleansshowcase.com/hisofkincak.html#.VrtW2ofSkdV
Below is a clip out of the "Favorite SCL Recipes" Cookbook. The Kentucky Bourbon Ball recipe was submitted by our late Sister Jean Winkler and here is what she had to say:
“This recipe originated in Houston, there were five Nazareth Charities and several Leavenworth Charities. We all shared memories of so many customs – the bonnet, long sleeves and skirts of bygone days. We discovered that both communities sing the same St. Vincent hymn, etc. But when it comes to bourbon and its use in cooking, the Nazareth Charities outshine us! It struck me in a meaningful way how Kansas and Prohibition changed the customs and culture of the sisters settling in Leavenworth from those who stayed and were reared in the Kentucky blue grass country.”
Caramel Popcorn is a favorite snack around here! The best part? It's quick, delicious and doesn't pull out your teeth!
Chocolate Glop is one of the signature recipes of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth! Everyone looks forward to this warm, delicious treat!
1 cup flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoon cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups hot water
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Sift together the first 5 ingredients
3. Add milk, oil and vanilla and mix until smooth
4. Stir in nuts
5. Pour into 8x8x2 baking pan
6. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over batter
7. Bake for about 45 minutes. Makes 6 to 9 servings