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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – November 12, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – November 12, 2020

November and Loved Ones…and FOOD Week 2

Continuing with our family meal moments as we blog through November. This week we feature Jasmine Luter and her heritage of delicious eats!

Thanksgiving in my family has always been an enjoyable time of delicious food and fellowship, and did I mention food?!!! Growing up my dad did the majority of the cooking, and not just for Thanksgiving. He enjoys cooking (and is very, very good at it). He would begin preparing for whatever meal we would be having usually many days in advance. The Thanksgiving dinner usually included the traditional dishes with a New Orleans creole twist such as Cajun Fried Turkey and of course, Gumbo! For those who may not be familiar, Gumbo is a Louisiana staple and its a soup/ stew prepared with meats such as chicken or sausage (or both), vegetables (typically okra), and for the seafood lovers you can add in shrimp or the seafood of your choice.
This year, because of my dad’s job, and of course Covid, he will not be able to come home for Thanksgiving so the meal preparation will be up to the rest of the family. I enjoyed watching my dad cook from time to time but often he would begin preparing the meal in the wee hours of the night, the night before Thanksgiving; so I never really got down any of his recipes but I think I can handle two of the most simple dishes: cornbread and mashed potatoes.
While they are simple dishes, they are also hearty dishes and good comfort food. They won’t taste like my dad’s but I think I have my own pretty tasty spin on them. Thinking back, it occurred to me how my dad cooked in the middle of the night  producing  a delectable aroma that we would wake up to; and how the Lord does that for us as His children. He never sleeps nor slumbers and prepares His very best gifts for us to enjoy. The time and dedication my dad takes to craft and prepare his meals is not unlike how God takes His time in crafting and preparing and lavishing His gifts on His children. My dad’s love language is words of affirmation and he always likes when we give him kudos for the dishes he’s made. Our Heavenly Father also wants us even more so to praise and thank him for the things He does and gives to us. While my dad will be missed at the Thanksgiving table this year we will be preparing our potluck style meal in his honor.
Honey Butter Cornbread

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Jiffy cornbread mix
  • butter
  • honey
  • sugar
  • 1 egg
  • milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a baking pan or muffin tin
In mixing bowl combine all ingredients: cornbread mix, 4 tablespoons of sugar (I prefer my cornbread on the sweeter side), 1 egg, 1/3 cup milk
Mix well (but batter should still be on the lumpy side)
Pour into baking pan or muffin tin and put in oven for 35-40 minutes
I like to add honey and butter to the top of my cornbread once its done so will drizzle honey on the top and slice about 2-3 pieces of butter and spread on the top of the cornbread while its still hot and it’ll melt as it cools.
Mashed Potatoes with Garlic

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of potatoes* (washed & peeled if you like)
  • Garlif
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Salt & pepper
*For the potatoes I like to use the Little Potato Company brand heat and eat (you can get them from my favorite place, Target of course).
Directions:
Put potatoes in a pot with enough water to the cover them and boil them for about 20 minutes (I also like that these potatoes are pre washed as well and I like my potatoes skin on so I don’t peel them)
Once potatoes are soft, remove them from the stove and drain them
Using a fork or potato masher, mash them well
Add in a teaspoon or two of butter and 1/3 to 1/4 cup of milk (depending on how creamy you like your potatoes) and mix well
Add salt and pepper to taste
While potatoes are cooking sauté about 2-3 tablespoons of garlic ( I use the jarred minced garlic) in olive oil for about 5-7 minutes (until garlic browns)
Mix the garlic into the potatoes after the butter and milk are mixed in
I hope you enjoy!
Jasmine Luter