Lentil Soup

Abbey Cooks
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

Abbey Cooks
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

Abbey Cooks
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

Honey Squash

Abbey Cooks
This is an easy idea for squash that came from Debbie, a friend and neighbor of the monastery.

Cook one large buttternut squash or any other kind of equivalent size, remove skin, and mash it in a large bowl. Mix with about 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup butter. You could also top with pecans.

Experiment with cinnamon flavored honey or
November 27, 2009 Read More

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Abbey Cooks
Last week several guests of the Abbey asked for the recipe for a salad dressing I prepared. Since I did it on the fly – I am not sure if I have all measurements correct – so you may want to go easy at first with these quantities – especially the vinegar.

½ cup of olive oil
1 ½ cups canola oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup brown rice vinegar
3 cloves of garlic – medium size
1 tsp salt about
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 dollops from a large teaspoon of
November 11, 2009 Read More
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