Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cider Brine and Asaph's Special Assignment

 I polled my family this weekend to find out what their favorite Thanksgiving dishes are.  Here are the results:

Cooper: 
mashed potatoes and gravy, hot cider, chocolate pie, and pumpkin pie

Kayla:
pumpkin souffle
stuffing
cranberry sauce

Kory:
praline sweet potatoes
stuffing

Robert wasn't home at the time, so I send him an inquiring text message.  I received back two messages that read:

sweetpotatothing

and 

all pie

Nothing new here.  I was in the mood to try something new, though.  Last week I spent four days in a hospital room with my dad where he was recovering from a knee-replacement surgery.  I managed to get part of a book read, but I also looked at a lot of food magazines and we watched a lot of TV, too.  I think I must have been exposed to at least 10 different ways to make a turkey in that time. {fry it, grill it, baked it, smoke it...}  The recurring theme was the brine method, and the "cider brine" especially appealed to me, so today I'm giving it a whirl ~ along with preparing all of the usual dishes my family looks forward to.

My grandmother's pecan pie...
 from her old Methodist Church cook book.  It's called "Fifth Sunday" because if the month had a fifth Sunday, there was a potluck at the church, and this is a collection of many of the beloved recipes the women {and some men ~ think venison.}  would bring.  I pull this cookbook our every Thanksgiving and Christmas to make her pecan pie.
 I made six pie crusts last night before going to bed.  The missing two are in the oven as the above-mentioned pecan pies.  And look at those chocolates!  We had a very special and unexpected guest stop by this morning bearing a box of delicious chocolates and even three "ice cream cone" chocolates on a stick for the kids.  Really fun to catch up with our friend, Wid!  {Izzy, where WERE you?}
 The brine cooled this morning, and I just finished plopping the turkeys {I always make two.} into the delicious smelling cider brine.  The recipe is here but I used all regular cider and not the alcoholic version that it calls for.  I'm sure it adds to the taste, but I didn't want to spend the extra time and money to buy it.  The turkeys will be in the brine overnight, and I can hardly wait to see how they turn out and if the flavor is that much different.
 These just came out of the oven, and the pumpkin pies are in now.  Chocolate is up next...
 And now I'm facing this:
A mound of sweet potatoes to peel and boil for the famed Praline Sweet Potatoes.  Then it will be the mashed potatoes, a regular and gluten free version of stuffing, and an Autumn Chopped Salad.  I do have a couple of helpers on their way, though, so the job should be done in no time.  Well, the cooking part anyway.  We'll do the cheese platter and roasted vegetable platter tomorrow morning before our 12 guests arrive ~ including a couple from Denmark who are here only for this semester and have been visiting our church. They are bringing a traditional Danish dessert of some sort!

Recently, I finished reading 1 and 2 Kings and now I'm on to Chronicles.  Chapter 16 is all about the bringing of the ark back into the tabernacle soon after Saul dies and David becomes king.  This is also after Uzza put his hand out to steady the ark and drops dead as a consequence.  A while later, David not only figures out that this is the designated job of the priesthood, but that there is a certain way in which God has asked for the ark to be transported.  He asks the priests to consecrate themselves for the holy purpose of carrying the ark, and reminds them of the way Moses had been instructed to have the ark carried ~ on poles, on the shoulders of the priests.

The ark {and the priests!} arrives safely in Jerusalem,  is placed inside the tabernacle, and there is a loud musical celebration that follows ~ harps, lyres, cymbals, trumpets.  The next part is what I think is so interesting, though.  David "assigns" Asaph the priest, and his family the job of giving thanks.

"Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord."
Chronicles 16:7

I'm pretty sure that as Christians, we've now all been given this assignment...

"...in everything, give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:18

May the thanks and praise that flowed so instantly from the heart of Asaph in his "assignment" flow from my heart on a daily basis as well...

"Remember His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
The covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac...
...He permitted no man to oppress them, and He reproved kings for their sakes...
...For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared among all other gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before Him, strength and joy are in His place.  
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come before Him.
Worship the Lord in holy array."
Chronicles 16: 12-29

Have a WONDERFUL day of giving thanks tomorrow!  Consider it a privileged and pleasant assignment.

4 comments:

TCC said...

Here I am, Mel. (In spirit, at least.)

I may have to try this daring brine recipe of yours.

Wid had a wonderful time visiting with ya'll Texans! Thank you for your hospitality, and Happy T-Day.

P.S. I am going to the Heisman Trophy press conference (in NYC) next month ... google Collin Klein and homeschooling. He's on the cover of the current Sports Illustrated, too. Worth a read!

Melanie said...

There you are! Next time it NEEDS to be in person. It was WONDERFUL to see Wid today ~ what a great surprise and blessing. He told us about the NYC trip. I will look up Collin. Cool story. Happy Thanksgiving!

TCC said...

Yes, in persona ... P.S. Also the SI/Klein cover story was written by a homeschooler, Thomas Lake. Google him, too.

We are everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to the Krumreys! Love and blue skies from K&J