Lentil Soup

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The winter rains have finally started at Redwoods Monastery. We are very thankful. This lentil soup is a hearty dish for these winter evenings.

2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 onions - diced
1 large scallion sliced in small rings
4 medium leeks sliced in small rings
4 large cloves garlic minced
2 stalks of celery - diced
4 medium carrots - diced
2 Tablespoons salt
1 Tablespoon basil
2 teaspoons marjoram
2 teaspoons thyme
1/4 teaspoon

December 15, 2009 Read More

Tomato Vegetable Soup

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Anyone who has been a guest at the Monastery knows that supper always includes soup. It is one of the traditions the Sisters brought with them from Belguim. Around here soups are made from what is on hand. That's how this version of Tomato Vegetable soup came to be.

3 quarts canned tomatoes
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 large onions chopped (not too small)
4 large garlic cloves minced
4 medium potatoes - cubed
5 medium carrots - diced not too finely
5 cel

December 15, 2009 Read More

Ginger Carrots

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This recipe is a favorite of many guests and sisters alike.

Cut about 8 large carrots into 3 inch strips. Slice one large onion. Melt about 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan. Saute onions a little and add carrots. Saute for several minutes. Cover and cook until the carrots are just tender. Add about 2 Tablespoons of ginger honey and let cook a little longer until the carrots start to caramelize a little. Season with salt and pepper a

December 10, 2009 Read More

Baked Apples

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At the monastery we have a lot of apples this time of year. We used to get most of our apples from our own orchards - but recently we have had a little competition from the turkey, deer, and bear. Luckily our neighbors generously keep us supplied with their surplus harvest.

Core apples and cut in half or leave whole. Put a little hot water in a low baking dish and place the apples in the dish uncovered. Bake in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes or until done. let cool slightly and put a dollop of honey and 1/4 cup butter. You could also top with pecans.

Experiment with cinnamon flavored honey or

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