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The Icing on the Cake - Quite a Lot of Pain and Suffering

Recently I acquired a cookbook that is over 130 years old. Dated 1879, Housekeeping in Old Virginia, sounds like it would cover all of what it means to be domestic, but is really just a cookbook.

The recipes are so interesting since processed food was in its early stages at that time. Sugar was available as was white flour and canned vegetables. But other than that, food was really what it had been since creation. Milk was not even being pasteurized yet. That didn't happen until the early 1900s.

Anyway, since I am bringing a dessert to Bible study tonight, the thought came to me to look at what sweets were like back then. My eye landed on a recipe for icing. After reading it I realized that sweets were probably served very rarely. See if you don't agree:

1 1/2 pounds of sugar
1/2 pint water
Boil until it ropes. Have ready the whites of seven eggs well beaten, pour the syrup into a bowl, and beat until milk warm. Then pour in the eggs, and beat for an hour.
That's it…

Inside-Out Ravioli

Here's a recipe for an old family favorite - Inside-Out Ravioli. A few people have eaten this dish recently and are waiting for me to post the recipe. So here it is:

Inside-Out Ravioli

1 pound ground beef (from grass-fed and finished cattle is best), or Italian sausage (turkey or pork - from pasture-raised animals is best)
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
10 ounces of frozen, chopped organic or pesticide free spinach
32-ounce jar organic spaghetti sauce
1 (6-ounce) can organic tomato pasta
1/2 teaspoon salt (Redmond Real salt is a good choice)
Dash of pepper
7 ounces penne, ziti or shell macaroni, cooked and drained (brown rice pasta is a good choice)
9 ounces shredded cheese - mozzarella or jack (from cows not given rBSt)
3 well-beaten eggs (from pasture-raised chickens)
1/4 cup extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil
1 cup soft breadcrumbs
1 cup shredded cheese - mozzarella or jack (from cows not given rBSt)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown meat, onion a…

The Righteous - Good Stewards of God's Good Gifts

Just the other day when I was reading my Bible, I came upon this verse. "Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but even the mercy of the wicked is cruel" (Proverbs 12:10a). Animal husbandry (being a good steward of God's good gifts), originated in the Bible. God created the beasts of the earth and He cares for them as evidenced by the following verses:
Your righteousness is like the mountains; Your judgments are like a great deep. O Lord, You preserve man and beast (Psalms 36:6).

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call (Psalms 147:7-9). These verses refer to animals that serve man by providing brute strength (donkeys as beasts of burden, draft horses or oxen that plow or pull wagons, etc.) or animals that provide food for man's sustenance - chicke…