Gluten Free & God Seeking

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kathy's Texas Chili & Chips


There are probably hundreds of different types of chili.  Over the years I have tried out my share, but it's always good to have a basic chili recipe that you can tweak and add a little bit of this and that too.  This is definitely that kind of chili.  It's nice and thick and is great like the title says for dipping chips into.

This recipe comes from my Come & Dine cookbook that me and a group of other moms made as a fundraiser for our kids to attend a summer Bible camp.


Kathy's Texas Chili & Chips


1. Prepare vegetables:
(1)  Chop 1/2 of an onion (I do the whole thing!)
(2)  Chop 1 cup of celery
(3)  Chop 1 green pepper
(4)  1-2 cloves of minced garlic
(5)  Slice 1 can of olives


2.  Brown beef & cook vegetables:
(1)   In a large skillet brown 1 pound of ground beef/turkey.
(2)  Add onion, green pepper, garlic, and celery and cook until tender--about 5 minutes.
(3)  Drain the fat.

3.  Put meat and vegetables into a soup pot:
(1)  Then add 2 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes and 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
(2)  Then add 2 15 oz cans of kidney beans,  15 oz can of white kidney beans, and olives.
(3)  Next add the seasonings:   3 T chili powder, 1/2  t salt, 1/2 t cumin, and 1/2 t black pepper.
(4)  Taste and make any adjustments in flavor. 

4.  Serve up with chips and/or cornbread.

List of My Favorite Soups, Chili & Stew Recipes

Beef 
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!)

Poultry
This is the Best Gluten Free Minestrone Soup!   (A recipe my son modified)
Mouth Watering Italian Turkey Sausage Soup   (This is  my friend Debbie's recipe)
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)
Jeannie's French Market Soup  (A mom friend from when my kids were little)
Southwest Turkey Soup  (From my Syre School cookbook)

Fish
Northwest Salmon Chowder  (From my Heritage School 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)

Vegetable
Creamy Pumpkin Soup  (from Food Network)
My Favorite Gluten Free Pumpkin Curry Soup  (Combo from Food & All Recipes)
Downright Delicious Potato & Kale Soup  (From my daughter-in-law's family cookbook)

Asian
Chinese Chicken Soups  - Bok choy chicken, chicken & spinach, and chicken & cabbage
Make Your Own Gluten Free Chicken Pho!  (From a newspaper article)
Gluten Free Chinese Hot Pot  (Modified by a Chinese student)
Chinese Egg Drop Soup  &  Chinese Egg & Tomato Soup  (Adapted from our students)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What Hebrews 6:1 Says About Christian Maturity

“The book of Hebrews is a book on maturity” (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Hebrews. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1975, Print).  This is how chapter 30 of the Life-Study of Hebrews opened up, and it really gave me something to think about.  Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of messages on Living Stream Ministry’s website on this matter of Christian maturity. It’s amazing there’s such a verse in the book of Hebrews on it:

 …let us be brought on to maturity…. Hebrews 6:1B

  And a few weeks ago I actually heard the radio program that corresponds with this chapter on Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee, and it was so good, I stopped it to take notes. The part that spoke to me was how sometimes we get stuck in a rut of repenting over and over for our sins and shortcomings when all we need to do is repent and then simply go on with the Lord.  Here are some thought-provoking excerpts that I liked from that message that are printed on pages 327-329 of the book:

 The Hebrew believers to whom this book was written were staggering in their Christian life. They were wondering in their mind whether to go on or to go back [to Judaism]. At that very point, this book was written to them to go on. The best way to go on is to forget everything….We may spend much time to consider our environment, our past, our future, and all the things related to it, yet we would not spend one hour in going on….To go on simply means to cross the river [the meaning of the word Hebrew], to go from one side to another, from one stage to another, from one standing to another. Do not talk or consider. Go on. Leave your old concepts, understanding, doctrines, and teaching, and go on. The faster you go on, the better.  If we are to go on, we must leave the word of the beginning of Christ (6:1)….We must go on from the baby stage to maturity by feeding on the solid food, which is the word of righteousness (5:13-14) ministered to us in this book.
  
Witness Lee  shares that as our High Priest Christ ministers to us the heavenly supply so that we can be brought on to maturity.  I liked his reminder on page 336 that it is impossible for us to grow by ourselves!  All of these chapters in Hebrew are linked together—Every day we need to come forward to the throne of grace, our heavenly High Priest will minister to us timely supply of mercy and grace that we need, and that supply will bit by bit bring us on to maturity!! 

You can also listen to live excerpts from these messages on Hebrews on The Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee. You will enjoy listening to both the excerpts from the spoken messages and the helpful and enlightening commentary of the radio hosts.

Other Posts on the Life-Study of Hebrews You Can Check Out:

Why is the Background of the Book of Hebrews Important?
What Does God's Speaking Shows us In Hebrews 1:1-2?
What Does Hebrews 2:10 Say About Christ?
How Does the Lord Sanctify Us In Hebrews 2:11?
The High Priest in Hebrews 2:17 Makes Me Think of the Poem Footprints
Why is the Sabbath Rest Mentioned in Hebrews 4:9?
Why Unbelief in Hebrews 3:12 is the Biggest Offense to God

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Overwhelmed With Your Bumper Zucchini Crop? Try Claudia's Chocolate Zucchini Cake! (Made Gluten Free)

Zucchini is such a versatile vegetable.  It can go in almost anything.  For the first time this summer we had some grilled zucchini from my brother's yard. They were yummy.  Anyway with the extra zucchini he gave me I decided to make our former neighbor Claudia's chocolate zucchini cake.  I shared about her when I posted her recipe for Blueberry Coffee Cake earlier this summer. 

I started out right after breakfast which is what I like to do on a hot, summer day.  I usually like to get everything out and in groups to help keep me organized.  I also took her recipe card and then typed up this post to help me keep the process straight while I worked through all the steps.  So that's the reason my recipes look like this!






Claudia's Chocolate zucchini Cake (Made Gluten Free!)

1.  Prepare dry ingredients - In a large bowl put:
(1)  2 1/2 cups of gluten free flour:  I used 1/2 cup of brown rice flour, 1/2 cup of sorghum flour, 1/2 cup of tapioca flour, 1/2 cup of white rice flour,  1/4 cup of garbanzo flour, and 1/4 cup of almond meal.
(2)  Add 1/2 cup of baking cocoa.
(3)  Stir in leavening:  2 1/2 t baking powder and 1 1/2 t baking soda until mixed together.


2.  Grate 2 cups of zucchini.  Put into a measuring cup.

3.  Cream butter & sugar - In a medium sized mixing bowl put:
(1)  3/4 cup of soft butter cream for about 2 minutes.  (Note if you want to reduce the fat:  I creamed 1/2 cup of butter and then added 4 T of applesauce at the end as a butter substitute and whipped it a few more seconds)
(2)  Gradually add 2 cups sugar (I used 1 1/2, and no this didn't affect the cake at all!) while beating for about 5 minutes.
(3)  Add 3 eggs,  1/2 cup of milk,  2 t vanilla, and 2 t of orange peel, and the flour mixture. (I just used orange zest.)  Add the 4 T of applesauce if you're reducing the fat.
(4)  Beat on medium high for 2-3 minutes.
(5)  Stir in the 2 cups of zucchini and 1 cup of chopped walnuts.



4. Bake cake:  Put into a greased 10" tube pan or  bundt pan.  She says this bakes at 350 for 1 hour (my cookbook says  9 x 13 cakes bake usually for 40-45 minutes).  I used a 9 x 13 pan, and it baked for 30 minutes (My oven runs hot, but my cookbook says it usually takes 35-40 minutes).  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 Other Gluten Free Baking & Desserts on This Blog:

Breads: 
Gluten free & Low-fat Banana Bread  (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
Celebrate Fall With Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread   (A friend's recipe)
Delicious Gluten Free Zucchini Bread   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
My Favorite Gluten Free Cranberry Nut Bread    (From my daughter-in-law's family cookbook)
Claudia's Blueberry Coffee Cake (Made Gluten Free!)    (From a former neighbor)

Cakes:
Gluten Free German Apple Cake   (From my grandmother)
You Won't Believe It's Gluten Free Carrot Cake    (From my daughter's husband's grandma)
Judi's Super Moist Gluten Free Chocolate Cake   (From a church friend)
Judi's Gluten Free Orange Chiffon Cake       (From a church friend)
Marilyn's Spectacular Gluten Free Oatmeal Cake    (My mother-in-law's--she's a great cook!)
The Best Gluten Free Black Bottom Cupcakes   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Delicious Gluten Free Rhubarb Cake     (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
Grandma's Gluten Free Applesauce Cake  (From an Internet search tastes like my grandma's!)
Old Fashioned Gluten Free Banana Cake      (From my grandma)
Rosie's Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake    (From my daughter-in-law's family)

Cookies:
Gluten Free Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Mom's Go To For Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
The Best Gluten Free Recipe for Snickerdoodles  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Gluten Free Rocky Road Brownies     (From a church friend)
Mark's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies - Made Gluten Free!    (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
Judi's Gluten Free Oatmeal Craisin & Coconut Cookies       (From a church friend)

Cornbread & Rolls:
Beth's Amazing Gluten Free Cornbread   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)

Crisps & Pies:
Lena's Rhubarb Crunch (A crisp with a gluten free top and bottom crust!) (My daughter-in-law's mother.  She's an amazing cook, which I think most of us moms become after a few years!)
Delicious Gluten Free Apple Crisp  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Ginger's Outrageous Apple Pie  (From a church friend)

The BEST Lemon Meringue Pie with Mrs. Lauralicious Gluten Free Pie Crust  (Internet)

Desserts with Fruit:
Sensational Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake   (From the back of Costco's organic sugar)
Terrific Gluten Free Strawberry & Peach Trifle  (Modified from an Internet search)
My Favorite Gluten Free Strawberry Cheesecake   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Just Like Grandma's (But Only Gluten Free) Blueberry Cobbler (My husband's grandma)

Holiday Cookies & Baking:
Old Fashioned Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies  (Modified from back of the Libby's can)
Incredible Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
My Grandkids Favorite Gluten Free Peppermint Sugar Cookies  (From Syre School Cookbook)
Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie   (Modified from back of Libby's pumpkin can)
Perfect Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake  (From back of cream cheese box)
Gluten Free Polish Fruitcake   (Modified from Internet search)
Old Fashioned Gluten Free Gingerbread Cake  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)

Muffins:
Banana Nutty Muffins   (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
Gluten Free Tremendous Pumpkin Muffins    
(From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Bursting with Blueberries Gluten Free Muffins  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Toni's Outrageous Gluten Free Corn Muffins  (From back of a Bob's Red Mill package)
Sassy Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)

 Puddings & Ice Cream:  
Dairy Free Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream (And other ice cream favorites!)  (From searches)
Baked Coconut Pudding  (Something I worked out from my Aunt Sue's rice pudding recipe)
Tangy Lemon Pudding   (From Internet search)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

How Do We Come Forward in Hebrews 4:16?

I like the word come in the Bible.  It’s the Just as I am I come sort of come.  Not waiting, not until—just come!  Twice the phrase come forward is used in Hebrews.

My husband and I watching a sunset.
Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.  Hebrews 4:16

Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.   Hebrews 7:25


In these Life-Study messages Witness Lee contrasts coming forward to shrinking back in Hebrews 10:39.   And if you think about it, we’re really doing one or the other all the time.  God’s enemy Satan will do anything to keep us from coming forward.  It’s such a fight sometimes!  Whenever there’s an onslaught of accusation, I can feel myself shrinking back.  I have learned a few things over the years of my Christian journey and one is Satan is cruel and heartless, and he knows what fiery darts will hit their targets in my heart and weaken me. 

 I have been greatly helped by Revelation 12:10-12—here God is telling us how the believers overcome Satan—by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and not loving ourselves.  This goes back to the thread in last week’s post—we have to speak it!  We have to stand in the face of the enemy and declare the facts of God’s word.   We have to believe what we’re saying, too! 

 It touched me when brother Lee mentioned that the throne of grace in Hebrews 4:16 is the same throne in Revelation  22:1-2--the throne of God and of the Lamb.  Our Redeemer knows sometimes we get clobbered by the enemy. My heart was just soothed by these words on pages 301-302:


That the throne is not only the throne of God but the throne of God and the Lamb means that God in the Lamb is flowing Himself out as grace for our enjoyment.  We need not do anything.  We simply need to come forward, open up, and receive mercy and find grace for timely help.  Every day the help which comes from this grace is very timely; it is always new and exactly fits our situation and need.  The real Christian life according to Hebrews is a life which not only comes forward to the throne of grace but which also abides in the Holy of Holies in front of the throne, continually receiving mercy and finding grace. This is the life we need today…..God’s mercy and grace are always available to us. However, we need to receive and find them by exercising our spirit to come forward to the throne of grace and touch our High Priest who sympathizes with us in all our weaknesses (Lee. Witness. Life-Study of Hebrews. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1975, Print).

This makes me think of the Lord's word in Revelation 22:17--the word come is mentioned three times in this verse!    And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! and let him who hears say, Come! And let him who is thirsty come; let him who wills take the water of life freely. Just come as you are and tell the Lord everything on your heart.  You will receive mercy. You will receive the grace that you need.  

You can also listen to live excerpts from these messages on Hebrews on The Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.    You will enjoy listening to both the excerpts from the spoken messages and the helpful and enlightening commentary of the radio hosts.  

Other Posts on the Life-Study of Hebrews You Can Check Out:

Why is the Background of the Book of Hebrews Important?
What Does God's Speaking Shows us In Hebrews 1:1-2?
What Does Hebrews 2:10 Say About Christ?
How Does the Lord Sanctify Us In Hebrews 2:11?
The High Priest in Hebrews 2:17 Makes Me Think of the Poem Footprints
Why is the Sabbath Rest Mentioned in Hebrews 4:9?
Why Unbelief in Hebrews 3:12 is the Biggest Offense to God

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Rose's Authentic Stir Fried Chicken & Vegetables (Made Gluten Free!)

I like stir-fries!  Not only are they delicious, but they are good for you.  Think of all the vegetables you get in one serving!  I think the Chinese were on to something when they started cooking like this! One of our students from Beijing told me that he thinks Chinese food is the best food in the whole world! I laughed and told him I like all kinds of food!  But of course I had to agree that Chinese food is really good. 

And I've appreciated  my Chinese friends sharing some of their recipes with me so I can make them for our international students.  If you look at the list below you'll find her recipes for chow mein, BBQ chicken, cucumber salad, and Chinese yellow curry--all in the list below. 

You'll find that this stir fry is delicious.  I could tell by the way our Chinese students ate it that they appreciated a taste from home!



Rose's Authentic Stir Fried Chicken & Vegetables

1.  Prepare chicken:  
(1)  Rinse and cube 2 chicken breasts and put in a medium size bowl.  
(2)  Prepare the marinade below and then pour it over the chicken and put in the frig for at least 30 minutes.

2.  Prepare marinade - In a small bowl put:
(1)  1 T rice mirin, 1 T water, 2 t gluten free tamari, and  1 t sesame oil.  
(2)  Stir in 1 1/2 T of minced ginger,  t salt,  1/4 t black pepper, and 1 t tapioca starch.

3.  Meanwhile prepare vegetables - After washing them:
(1)  Thinly slice 1/2 of a yellow onion.
(2)  Slice 2 celery on the diagonal.
(3)  Slice 1 carrot into thin sticks (I have a special kitchen tool that does this!)
(4)  Thinly slice 1/2 of a green pepper.
(5)  Optional veggies:  Slice 1/2 of a zucchini into half moons, green beans, and bamboo shoots.
(6)  Mince 1 clove of garlic.

4.  Stir-fry chicken - In a large wok or stainless skillet put 4 T of oil and sir fry chicken until done.  Put in a covered dish when done.

5.  Sir-fry vegetables: 
(1)   Put 2 more T of oil into your pan and add the clove of minced garlic and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. You don't want it to cook to long or it will taste funny besides burning!
(2) Add the vegetables and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.   
(3)  Sprinkle with 1/2 t of salt, 1/2 t black paper, and 1/4 t of Chinese 5-Spice
(4)  Put the lid on and cook for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.

Serve over rice.  

Other Chinese recipes on this blog:
Note about the Internet recipes used:  For the past 5 years we've hosted international students. Whenever I've made something, they have tasted it, and given me recommendations to make it taste more authentic.  Most of these Internet recipes have been tweaked by their suggestions.

BEEF RECIPES:
Delicious Gluten Free Beef Broccoli Stir Fry  (Modification of Internet recipe)
The Best Gluten Free Mongolian Beef Stir Fry  
(Modification of Internet recipe)
Gluten Free Ginger Beef Stir Fry 
(Modification of Internet recipe)

CHICKEN RECIPES:
Gluten Free Chinese Almond Chicken Stir Fry   
(Modification of Internet recipe)
Amazing Gluten Free Chinese Cashew Chicken Stir Fry   
(Modification of Internet recipe)
Gluten Free Garlic Chicken Stir Fry  
(Modification of Internet recipe)
Gluten Free Chinese - Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry  
(Modification of Internet recipe)
Gluten Free Chinese - Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Stir Fry  
(Modification of Internet recipe)
Gluten Free Chinese - Authentic Chinese BBQ Chicken  (From my Bible Study friend Rose)
Rose's Chinese Yellow Curry with Chicken & Vegetables  
(From my Bible Study friend Rose)
Gluten Free Chinese - Fantastic Soy Sauce Chicken  
(Modification of Internet recipe)

TOFU RECIPES:
Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry  
(Modification of Internet recipe)
Orange "Beef" Tofu Stir Fry  
(Modification of Internet recipe)

FISH RECIPES:
Steamed Scallion Ginger Fish with Stir-Fried Bok Choy  
(Modification of Internet recipe)
Fantastic Mahi & Vegetable Stir Fry   
(Modification of Internet recipe)

NOODLES & RICE:
Gluten Free Chinese Fried Rice  
  (From my Come & Dine Cookbook)
Fantastic Mahi & Vegetable Stir Fry  
(Modification of Internet recipe)
The Cheung's Gluten Free Chow Mien  (My Bible study friend Rose taught me this)

SOUP RECIPES:
Chinese Chicken Soups  - Bok choy chicken, chicken & spinach, and chicken & cabbage
Gluten Free Chinese Hot Pot  (Combination of Internet & Yingying a student from China)
Chinese Egg Drop Soup   (From my Syre School Cookbook)


SALAD RECIPES
Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Cabbage Salad  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Rose's Refreshing Cucumber Salad  (From a Bible study friend)

Chinese Mandarin Salad & Thai Peanut Dressing   (Dressing is from my friend Judi)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Why Unbelief in Hebrews 3:12 is the Biggest Offense to God

  Doubt, lack of faith. not trusting. It's all really the same thing--unbelief. I've been there before, but in the past years I've been pressed on my own spiritual journey to really BELIEVE God's promises.  For over ten years my husband and I have prayed specific promises in  in the face of several contradicting circumstances.  And yes there have been times that I felt like I was hanging on to God's word by a thread, but that thread never let me go.  

This week I read chapter 25 in  Life-Study of Hebrews, and it was on the evil heart of unbelief.  Here's the verse:  Beware, brothers, lest there be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief in withdrawing from the living God.  Hebrews 3:12

These sentences in the introduction on page 265 spoke to me strongly why it's so important for us to believe God's word and stand on His promises: 

"No heart is more evil than a heart of unbelief. Nothing offends God as much as our unbelief….Every sin breaks God's righteous law, but some sins do not insult God Himself, as does the sin of unbelief. Our God is the living God. Unbelief is so evil because it insults he living, faithful, and Almighty God. If we do not believe in God, in His work and in His ways, we insult Him.  This is why we must beware of unbelief (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Hebrews. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1975, Print).

 Witness Lee points out  that  Hebrews 3:8 shows that the heart becomes evil through being hardened by reasonings.  And to understand that he shares the classic example of Joshua and Caleb going with ten others to spy out the land of Canaan.  They all saw the same things--the fortified cities, the giants, and the rich produce, but only Joshua and Caleb spoke by faith that God would be with them.  "Only do not rebel against Jehovah, nor should you fear the people of the land, for they are our bread. Their protection has been removed from them, and Jehovah is with us; do not fear them. (Numbers 14:9)"  

It's not like God hadn't said He wouldn't do this.  Way back in Exodus 3:16-17  God told Moses "…I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt into the land of the Canaanites…unto a land flowing with milk and honey." Surely after seeing all the plagues, and the Red Sea opened, and Pharaoh and his army completely destroyed, they should have all believed that God was able to do this.  What was wrong with them? 

 Sometimes I find myself in the same place as the Israelites.  And the question before me is what am I going to speak?   Will I speak what I see or will I speak what God has spoken in His word?  


You can also listen to live excerpts from these messages on Hebrews on The Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.    You will enjoy listening to both the excerpts from the spoken messages and the helpful and enlightening commentary of the radio hosts.  

Other Posts on the Life-Study of Hebrews You Can Check Out:

Why is the Background of the Book of Hebrews Important?
What Does God's Speaking Shows us In Hebrews 1:1-2?
What Does Hebrews 2:10 Say About Christ?
How Does the Lord Sanctify Us In Hebrews 2:11?
The High Priest in Hebrews 2:17 Makes Me Think of the Poem Footprints