Readers of Sapphire Ice ask about an artichoke dip tasty enough that Sarah’s mother, Darlene Thomas, would request it for a party even if as a point of pride it arrives by way of her nemesis Robin Bartlett.
Shannon’s Beautiful Banana Bread
I met a woman on a message board about four years ago. She posted this recipe, titling the post, “The Best Banana Bread You’ll Ever Eat.” She wasn’t lying. Trust me. This is the best banana bread you’ll ever eat. 2 cups flour (whole wheat or white, your preference)1 tsp baking powder½ tsp Kosher or …
Triple Berry Patriotic Pie
Fresh fruit is one of the best parts of summer. I can barely keep fresh berries stocked in my house. The day I buy them, my children inhale them. This pie is a wonderful summer tradition. It’s the perfect companion for a celebration picnic or a festive barbeque. I like to serve it with homemade ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
Observing a Daniel Fast
Starting January 2, my husband and I will begin a 21-day observance of “The Daniel Fast”. I want to detox my body and focus on God. I’m using the fast to strengthen both my body and my spirit.
In observing the diet we will eat only vegetables, fruits, and unleavened bread that does not contain any ingredient that is not made directly from a vegetable or fruit. For instance, I am going to make tortillas out of fresh ground flour and olive oil (instead of shortening or beef tallow). When I make a salad, I’ll flavor it with olive oil (cold pressed) and lemon juice. We will eat only whole grains (brown rice vs. white rice). We will only drink water. We call it “vegan extreme”.
We do this fast annually, and it is so rejuvenating to both my body and spirit that I start looking forward to it weeks in advance. This year, I feel led to share with you my menus for the fast as well as recipes, hints, tricks, and insights I receive as I fast and pray.
Slow Cooker Recipe: Artichoke, Kale & Lentil Stew
This is such a rich, flavorful stew. It’s completely vegetarian, so you can eat it if you’re fasting from meat. It can also be cooked on the stove-top within an hour, or tossed into a slow cooker and set to simmer all day long.