“These simple souls obtain the best positions in the heavens. Our human wisdom is worth little when compared with the divine wisdom that God grants the humble”. ~ Archbishop San Luis de Rivera after reading the poetry of San Pascual. It’s a beautiful day here at San Pasqual’s Kitchen because our patron saint’s feast day…

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Chicken & Dumplings


Her hazel eyes seemed to have experienced all possible tragedy and to have mounted pain and suffering like steps into a high calm and a superhuman understanding. She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken. And since old Tom and…

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Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes


Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called “wheat germ, organic honey and tiger’s milk.” Dr. Aragon: [chuckling] Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties. Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or… hot fudge? Dr….

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Cranberry Almond Cereal


That’s my daughter in the water Who’d have ever thought her? Who’d have ever thought? That’s my daughter in the water I lost every time I fought her Yeah, I lost every time. ~ Loudon Wainwright III There is nothing that highlights the passing of time like visiting your grown children. During my last visit…

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English Muffins


“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ~ Julia Child {This is not a paid endorsement} One thing that can always cause a little thrill of joy to run through me is opening the mailbox and finding my Fine Cooking magazine has arrived. It…

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Shrimp & Grits


  What’s this over here? You never heard of grits? Sure I’ve heard of grits. I just never actually seen a grit before. ~ (Conversation in My Cousin Vinny between Vinny Gambini and the Grits Cook) At that moment grits and My Cousin Vinny became irretrievably linked in my mind. I love grits; grew up on them….

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Fish Tacos


“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.” ~ Tom Robbins We were soldiers once and young, the hubs and I. Back in those good old days we use to go to a fellow…

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