Gluten Free & God Seeking

Friday, April 28, 2017

Soup's On - Try this Hearty Italian Wedding Soup

My friend Anne came to spend the night in February and brought along a pot of this Italian wedding soup that she had gotten off the back of a box of chicken broth.  She made some changes, like making up her own Italian sausage, added some pasta, and using kale instead of spinach. 

When I took the first bite, I had to savor it.  The combination of flavors and textures made this an incredible bowl of soup. In fact I think I ate about two bowls! I love a soup that can become a main dish with some garlic bread and a salad. 

1.  Prepare vegetables:
(1) Chop 1 onion
(2)  Grate or julienne 2 carrots
(3)  Chop 1 stalk of celery
(4)  Mince 2 cloves garlic
2.  Saute vegetables in 1 T of olive olive oil until onions are translucent in large pot
3.  Add two 32 oz.containers GF chicken broth.  You may want to add an additional can to stretch the broth.  Then stir in 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
4.  Cook Italian sausages and then cut into rings or make your own.  My friend Anne who gave me this recipe told me she mixed ground turkey, cornstarch and Italian seasoning together and made them into meatballs and fried them.  Add them to the broth. 
5.  Let this soup simmer a few hours.

6.  Before serving cook up half a bag of gluten free penne pasta. Use it to add separately to the bowls.

List of My Favorite Soups, Chili & Stew Recipes

Grandma's Favorite Beef Stew  (My mother-in-law's delicious recipe!)
Just Like Home Ukrainian Borscht   (A Polish student  said this tasted like his mom's!)
Mouth Watering Italian  Sausage Soup   (This is my friend Debbie's recipe)

This is the Best Gluten Free Minestrone Soup!   (A recipe my son modified)
Mexican Fiesta Chicken Soup   (A recipe I got years ago from a Mexican cookbook)
My Thanksgiving Turkey Soup  (My very own special concoction!)
Gary's Incredible Gluten Free Arkansas Gumbo  (Given to me by a Bible study friend from Arkansas)
Jeannie's French Market Soup  (A friend from when my kids were little)
Southwest Turkey Soup  (From my Syre School cookbook)

Northwest Salmon Chowder  (From my Heritage School cookbook)
Almost Like Ivar's Clam Chowder (From my Come & Dine Cookbook)

Bean & Legumes
Vi's Best Chili  (A  Bible study friend's great recipe)
Bethany's Crowd Pleasing Tortilla Soup  (One of my daughter's friends special soup)
Country Style Lentil Soup   (From my Heritage School cookbook)
Kathy's Texas Chili & Chips (From my Come & Dine cookbook)
Spicy Cuban Black Bean Soup (From a store recipe card)
Marilyn's Make It From Scratch Chili  (From my mother-in-law)
Lisa's Red Lentil Soup - From my friend Lisa

Downright Delicious Potato & Kale Soup  (From my daughter-in-law's family cookbook)
A Great Fall Soup - Make it From Scratch Corn Potato Chowder  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
French Pumpkin Soup  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)

Chinese Chicken Soups  - Bok choy chicken, chicken & spinach, and chicken & cabbage (Modified from Internet search by our Chinese students)
Make Your Own Gluten Free Chicken Pho!  (Modified from a newspaper article)
Gluten Free Chinese Hot Pot  (Modified by a Chinese student)
Chinese Egg Drop Soup  &  Chinese Egg & Tomato Soup  (Modified  from a student's recipe)
Vegetarian & Gluten Free Tom Yum Soup (A delicious Thai soup) 
Deluxe Miso Soup (Kenchinjiru)   (Adapted from Internet search)
A Thai Mom Teaches Me How to Make Tom Yum Kung  (A student's mom's recipe)
A Vietnamese Cooking Lesson - Lien's Vietnamese Sweet & Sour Soup  (An International student's aunt's recipe)
Cooking Beef Pho for Vietnamese Students  (Modified Recipe)
Asian Curried Chicken Soup  (From my Come & Dine church cookbook)
Rose's Very Own Recipe for Chinese Beef Bone Soup  (from Rose my friend from Taipei)
6.  Bring soup to a boil. Then add kale (original recipe called for 2 cups of spinach, both work)
7.  Let simmer till kale or spinach is soft and flavors have blended.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

What is the Meaning of the Trespass Offering in Leviticus 5?

    Just like a peach tree produces peaches, the sinful nature we inherited from Adam causes us to commit sins.  It’s important to see this.  When I was newly saved, I didn’t know that when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil something drastic happened to their bodies (Check out Romans 7:5, 18-24). It was eye-opening for me to hear Witness Lee speak on how when Satan came into Adam and Eve's bodies, it got changed  into the flesh of sin and made all of mankind sinners (See Romans 8:3 and 5:19)   And like Romans 8:23 says we will not be freed from this sinful nature of Satan until the Lord transfigures our bodies.
My grandson at Lake Coeur D' Alene in April
   And for the sins we commit, Leviticus 5:7 shows us that Christ is our trespass offering:
   And it shall be when he is guilty in any of these, he shall confess that in which he has sinned; and he shall bring his trespass offering to Jehovah for his sin which he has committed,...and the priest shall make propitiation for him concerning his sin. Leviticus 5:5-6
 On pages 192 of chapter 21 in the Life-Study of Leviticus Witness Lee explains how the trespass offering relates to the sin offering:
  We may also use a fruit tree to illustrate inward sin, not being for God, and trespasses.  A fruit tree needs a proper atmosphere and environment in which to grow. When a fruit tree grows in such an atmosphere and environment, fruit is produced.  In this illustration the inward sin is the fruit tree, not loving God and not living for Him make up the atmosphere and environment in which the tree grows, and trespasses and transgressions are the fruit. Why do we make mistakes and do things that are wrong? We spontaneously and even unintentionally do such things because we have sin in our flesh and because we are not for God and we do not love Him and live for Him....Because we are fallen, we are not for God absolutely. Since we were created by God, we should be absolutely for God, yet we are not....We are fallen, a fallen person is flesh, and this flesh is sin, which produces trespasses as the children, as the fruit....From this we see that God is concerned about the source--the sin within us--and also about the fruit which is produced from this source--the outward trespasses (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Leviticus. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry,  1990, Print). 
    From the vantage point of man's flesh, Satan is constantly injecting sinful thoughts into our mind, flooding our emotions with evil feelings, and pumping rebellion into our will.  I've come to see there's an all out war going on between Satan in our flesh and Christ in our spirit.  I'm so thankful that God was willing to clothe Himself in the likeness of our sinful flesh  nd die on our behalf as the sin offering and the trespass offering.  It's very touching that the Lord died on the Jewish Passover. In doing so He was fulfilling the type of the Passover lamb.  Jesus was willing to die an
Coeur D' Alene hike.
excruciating death, one that I can never fathom, so all of us could be freed from the power of sin.  
      I realize that that every day I need to live in that reality.  When I fail, I just have to confess to God.  1 John 1:9 is a powerful verse because it tells us that when we confess our sins, God not only forgives us, but we are cleansed from all unrighteousness. God knows what the fall did to us, and He's not surprised when we struggle.  Every day I have to keep this before me that Jesus died for my sins, and I have a right to come to God and receive His grace. Thank You, Lord, for dying on our behalf as the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world.  Thank You that You died as the reality of all the offerings so that we could each contact God not just the High Priest and not just once a year but every single day!  Next time I'm going to be in the Life-Study of Numbers.

 You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Leviticus on Life Study of the Bible  with Witness Lee.   You can also read the online Life-Studies of Leviticus and check out other resources available to enhance your study of the Bible on Living Stream Ministry's website.

Other Posts on Leviticus:

What is the Purpose of the Offerings in Leviticus 1:2?
Why Does Leviticus Start with the Burnt Offering in Leviticus 1:4?
What is the spiritual Meaning of the Meal Offering in Leviticus 2:1?
Taking a Closer Look at the Peace Offering in Leviticus 3:1
What Do You Know About Christ as the Sin Offering? 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mexican Beef & Bean Pie

I love any Mexican food, especially the ones that have beans. This recipe is from one of my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbooks.  I made this for the first time about a month ago.  It was totally delicious, and a great way to use up extra pinto beans.

1.  Prepare pinto beans:  Prepare 2 cups of pinto beans.  This will make more than you need, but the extras are great for burritos. Follow package directions.  You will need 1 1/2 cups for the Mexican pie.

2.  Prepare crust:  Combine in a medium-sized bowl:
(1)  3/4 cup of corn flour (I used rice flour and it worked okay)
(2)  1/2 cup of cornmeal
(3)  Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 t of salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar.
(4)  Mix 1 egg, 1/2 cup of milk, and 1/8 cup of olive oil in a measuring cup and combine until blended.
(5)  Spread onto a greased 9" pie pan and bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes.

3Prepare vegetables:
(1)  Mince 1 onion
(2)  Chop 1 green pepper

4. Prepare meat mixture:
(1)   Fry 1 pound of ground beef/turkey. 
(2)  Add the onion and green pepper when half cooked.
(3)  Stir in 1 cup of salsa, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 1/2 tablespoons of chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
(4)  Then stir in 1 1/2 cups of the pinto beans you cooked.
(5)  Put the meat mixture on top of the crust.

5.  Top with 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese.

6.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until done.

Serve with a platter of chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and green onions.  Also fill bowls with salsa and sour cream for topping.

Other Mexican recipes on this blog:

Mexican Casseroles
Texas Style Gluten Free Stacked Enchiladas  (From my Come & Dine cookbook)
Acapulco Delight - A great Mexican Enchilada (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Michelle's Favorite Vegetarian Enchiladas   (From my daughter)
Kathy's Baked Chili & Chips Casserole  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Fiesta Gluten Free Tamale Pie   (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Authentic Chicken Enchiladas Verde  (From a church friend)
Rebecca's Favorite Chicken & Chile Enchiladas  (From a church friend)
Delores's Chicken & Tortilla Casserole (Made Gluten Free)  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Great Beef Enchiladas - From my church cookbook, Come & Dine

Tacos, Chimichangas  & Etc.
The Best Fish Tacos   (Modified from Food Network)
Fantastic Baked Chimichangas  (From my Syre School Cookbook)
Authentic Chicken Flautas  (My hispanic friend Abbie taught me how to make these!)
Delicious Chicken Fajitas  (A mix of many recipes)
Easy Gluten Free Baked Taquitos  (From a newspaper clip)
The Best Homemade Refried Beans  (From an Internet search)
Sara's Grandpa's Recipe for Mexican Beans (from my nephew's wife-a yummy side dish that is thick like a stew)

Mexican Chicken & Beef
Anna's Pollo Guisado (Mexican Braised Chicken)  (From a church friend in Phoenix)
Fantastic Gluten Free Carne Asada!  (From an Internet search--a combination of sites)
Belizean Chicken, Black Beans & Rice, and Belizean Coleslaw  (From my daughter's family)

Mexican Chicken Soup- A Great Remedy for Colds & Flu  (I got this over 25 years ago from a Mexican cookbook)
Bethany's Crowd Pleasing Tortilla Soup  (From a friend in California)
Southwest Turkey Soup   (From my Syre School Cookbook)

Baja Salad with Black Beans & Quinoa  (My own version of something I ate in Seattle)

Friday, March 17, 2017

What Do You Know About Christ as the Sin Offering?

I learned in my reading that the five basic offerings in Leviticus form a kind of cycle.  And here’s how.  Whenever I come to God in the morning, I realize a lot that I'm not for God. Because of that I need to lay my hands on Christ symbolically as my burnt offering because He's the only One who is absolute for God. Then as I begin to read God's word and pray, I realize I'm receivingChrist into me as the reality of the meal offering. 
 My receiving of Christ as my spiritual food brings me into a fellowship with God, and this  fills my hearts with peace.  In Ephesians 2:15 I learned that through Christ's death He reconciled sinners to God and became the peace offering. At this juncture in my fellowship with God, He is able to shine on my hearts and point out to me my sins and shortcomings. Then like 1 John 1:9 says I can just confess what I see to God and ask for His forgiveness. In this way I experience Christ as my sin offering.  
But why do we sin anyway?  In order to get this, you have to go all the way back to Genesis 3. Here we see a talking serpent pressuring Eve to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Instead of checking with her husband or going to God like she should have, she took matters into her own hands.  Satan knew his evil nature was inside of that fruit, and if they ate it, it would get inside of them. God's enemy thought for sure if that happened, he would destroy God’s purpose with them. 
God is never outdone by His enemy.  All of this was part of God's well-thought out plan. This never ceases to amaze me!  The first time the word sin was ever used is in reference to God's judgment on Satan who is typified by the prince of Tyre in Ezekiel 28:16. This judgment took place long before Adam and Eve were ever created. 
In chapter 43 of the Life-Study of Leviticus Witness Lee explains what the sin offering means: 
The sin offering deals with our sinful nature, with sin as the nature of our fallen being. The nature of our fallen being is sin, and this sinful nature is the essence, the substance, the element of Satan. Our sinful nature--the sin in our being--is satanic.  We may even say it is Satan himself.  Sin, which is rebellion, is Satan. This sin has been injected into us, causing us to be constituted sinners (Rom. 5:19), that is, sinners in constitution.  Human beings, therefore, are a constitution of sin. We need to see that our being is fully constituted with sin, with the enemy of God.  The sin offering deals with our nature of sin....Christ was crucified as sin. When He was crucified, sin also was crucified, and we were crucified as well (Lee. Witness. Life-Study of Leviticus. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1989, Print). 
Like this chapter points out Satan became the embodiment of sin, and Romans 5:12 tells us this sinful nature has been passed down:  Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned

But what happens when we’re regenerated? I met a believer once who did not believe she could sin any more. But according to the truth in 1 John 1:8 and 10, believers can sin because they still have Satan's evil nature within them. This makes our Christian life quite a battle at times.  And that's why we need to start every day before God's face.  We know from the Bible (Romans 8:23) that there will be a day when our body will be freed from sin. I'm looking forward to that day!!  But until then I know I need to keep myself in this cycle of enjoying Christ daily as my burnt offering, meal offering, peace offering, and sin offering!  

 You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Leviticus on Life Study of the Bible  with Witness Lee.   You can also read the online Life-Studies of Leviticus and check out other resources available to enhance your study of the Bible on Living Stream Ministry's website.

Other Posts on Leviticus:

What is the Purpose of the Offerings in Leviticus 1:2?
Why Does Leviticus Start with the Burnt Offering in Leviticus 1:4?
What is the spiritual Meaning of the Meal Offering in Leviticus 2:1?
Taking a Closer Look at the Peace Offering in Leviticus 3:1

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Patty's Yummy Tater Tot Casserole

This is comfort food for the last few weeks of winter.  I made this for four of my grandkids, and I had to scrape the pan to get the last bite!  The first time I had this I was in junior high, and it's just yummy. My friend Patty gave me this recipe years ago. 

 This was my first time making it gluten free, and I didn't know how it would come out. Taste your gravy and get it to your liking.  I'm so glad that Trader Joe's sells tater tots!

Patty's Gluten Free Tater Tot Casserole

1.  Prepare gluten free cream of celery soup: (Patty's recipe calls of 2 cans of cream of celery soup with 2 cans of milk)
(1)  In a large skillet put 3-4 T of butter and melt it.
(2)  Stir in 5 T of white rice flour and stir.
(3)  Gradually whisk in 2 cups of milk and stir until thickened.
(4)  Then slowly add 3 cups of chicken broth. (I just used water and 4 teaspoons of Chicken Better Than Bouillon)
(5)  Stir in spices:  2 teaspoons of salt, 3/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of thyme.
(6)  Taste and make any adjustments. I added a bit more water and about 2 more T of rice flour to get it the right consistency. Set aside until the meat mixture is cooked.

2.  Prepare vegetables:  Dice 1 onion and dice up 2 stalks of celery.

3.  Prepare the meat:
(1)  Brown 1 pound of ground beef or turkey. 
(2)  When half way browned, add the diced onion and the celery.  Cook until the vegetables are tender.
(3)  Add to the above soup mixture.

4.  Assemble casserole:
(1)  Put the meat mixture evenly on the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
(2)  Spread about 2-3 cups of frozen green beans over the top and mix them in a bit.
(3)  Spread Trader Joe's frozen tater tots over the top of that.
(4)  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through.

List of other casseroles on this blog:

Mexican Casseroles:
Texas Style Gluten Free Stacked Enchiladas  (From my Come & Dine cookbook)
Acapulco Delight - The greatest Mexican Enchilada!   From my Heritage School Cookbook
Michelle's Favorite Vegetarian Enchiladas   (From my daughter)
Kathy's Baked Chili & Chips Casserole  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Authentic Chicken Enchiladas Verde  (From a church friend)
Fiesta Gluten Free Tamale Pie   (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Rebecca's Favorite Chicken & Chile Enchiladas  (From a church friend)
Delores's Chicken & Tortilla Casserole (Made Gluten Free)  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)

Pasta Casseroles:
Fantastic Gluten Free Macaroni & Cheese  (Modified from my Heritage School cookbook & Internet search)
Gluten Free Comfort Food - Downright Delicious Gluten Free Tuna Noodle Casserole  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)

American Favorites:

Breakfast for Dinner:
Hash Brown Egg Casserole  (From my friend Lisa)
Mexican Migas Breakfast Casserole  (Modified from a recipe from an airport cookbook)
Baked Zucchini Frittata  (I picked this up from a Whidbey Island farmer's market)
Jan's Sausage & Vegetable Frittata  (From a friend who was a home ec teacher)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Taking A Closer Look at the Peace Offering in Leviticus 3:1

Sequence matters in the Bible.  I learned that recently from my Life-Study reading.   I've been reading the Bible since I was in junior high, and I'm still struggling through certain places.  And I still don't get everything, but I keep reading, and I have formed a habit of reading Witness Lee's Life-Studies because they open up the word of God like no other Christian books I've ever read.   

Winter sunset
Before we get going, here's a few of the verses on the peace offering in chapter 3 of Leviticus:

If his offering is a sacrifice of a peace offering-if he offers it from the herd, whether male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before Jehovah.  Aaron's sons shall offer it up in smoke on the altar upon the burnt offering, which is on the wood that is on the fire; it is an offering by fire of a satisfying fragrance to Jehovah. Leviticus 3:1, 5

In these excerpts from pages  153-154 from chapter 17 of the Life-Study of Leviticus, you'll see what the sequence shows:  
In Leviticus the offerings are in a particular sequence. First we have the burnt offering and then the meal offering and then the peace offering. The burnt offering signifies that we must be absolutely for God, and the meal offering indicates that Christ is our daily food. When we are absolutely for God and live by feeding on Christ, the result is peace.  We have peace with God and with one another. This means that when Christ satisfies us, He becomes the peace between us and God....The peace offering is based upon God's satisfaction in the burnt offering....The blood of the peace offering was dashed on the altar all around (vv. 2, 8, 13). This indicates that the blood is for peace in the offerer's conscience. This blood was not brought into the Holy of Holies to appease God; it was dashed around the altar where the offerer was standing....When we see the blood of the peace offering, we have the assurance that our sins have been washed away. The blood of the offering was shed for our sake, and it is now before our eyes. Therefore, we can say, 'Thank You, Lord. My sins have been forgiven. I know this because I see Your blood. The blood is the evidence that God has forgiven my sins' (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Leviticus. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1989, Print).  
This picture shows us  that we can have peace with God and know for sure that He has forgiven all our sins.  When we don't have peace, it's hard to have boldness to come to God. Many times in the face of Satan's accusation I have spoken by faith Hebrews 10:22:  Let us come forward to the Holy of Holies with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 

 You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Leviticus on Life Study of the Bible  with Witness Lee.   You can also read the online Life-Studies of Leviticus and check out other resources available to enhance your study of the Bible on Living Stream Ministry's website.

Other Posts on Leviticus:

What is the Purpose of the Offerings in Leviticus 1:2?
Why Does Leviticus Start with the Burnt Offering in Leviticus 1:4?
What is the spiritual Meaning of the Meal Offering in Leviticus 2:1?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ray's BBQ Chicken

A few weeks ago I wanted to try a new BBQ sauce.  This one comes from one of my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbooks; it's from her cousin Ray.  Pretty tasty.  

Ray's BBQ Chicken - for 2 pounds

1.  In a medium-size bowl put:  (Double this if you have more chicken!)
(1)  1/2 cup of maple syrup (I used 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1/4 cup agave nectar)
(2)  2 T of apple cider vinegar
(3)  1/2 cup of ketchup
(4)  2 T of yellow mustard
(5)  1 t of gluten free tamari
(6)  1 minced onion

2.  Prepare chicken: 

(1)  Skin 2 pounds of cut up chicken.  
(2)  Put it in a 9 x 13 pan
(3)  Pour marinade over it and put in the fridge for 4+ hours turning occasionally.
(4)  Drain off the marinade into a small saucepan.  Right before you're ready to transfer the chicken to a baking sheet (step 2 below), heat the marinade to boiling, and let boil for 2 minutes.

3.  Bake chicken
(1)  Bake chicken at 250 for 20-30 minutes or until the juices drain.
(2)  Remove chicken and put on a baking sheet.  Chicken will bake at 250 for 1 hour or until done.
(3)  Baste with marinade while baking.    

List of other chicken recipes on this blog:

Authentic Chinese BBQ Chicken  (From my friend Rose)
Gluten Free Soy Sauce Chicken   (Modified from Internet search)
Tasty Gluten Free Filipino Chicken Adobo  (Modified from Internet search)
Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Chicken (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)

Italian & Greek:
Chicken Souvlaki   (Marinade for chicken from my son-in-law)
Gluten Free Chicken Cacciatore With Peppers & Mushrooms  (Modified from my mother-in-law)
Delicious Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan   (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
My Son-in-Law's Own Recipe for Greek Chicken

Pollo Guisado (Mexican Braised Chicken)  (From a church friend in Phoenix)
Belizean Chicken, Black Beans & Rice, and Belizean Coleslaw  (From my daughter's family)

American Favorites:
Amazing BBQ Chicken    (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
The Best Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken   (From my sister-in-law)
Fantastic Gluten Free Chicken Kabobs  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Great for Summer BBQ - Lemon Rosemary Chicken Legs  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Curried Mushroom & Apple Chicken  (From my church cookbook Come & Dine)
The Best Homemade Chicken BBQ Sauce  (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
A Gluten Free Twist on Tarragon Chicken - From my  church Come & Dine cookbook
Saucy Chicken 
Chicken & Mushrooms in Wine Sauce   - From my church Come & Dine cookbook

Chicken Casseroles
Chicken Divan  - From my Come & Dine Cookbook

Chicken Pot Pie - A combination of 3 different recipes!