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A NEW WEEKLY FEATURE FOR US FROM MATT & NATHAN!
Sunday Book Reading, Chapter 2
Chapter 2! "In Which Father’s Grocery Store Suffers a Catastrophe” … I
tripped myself up a few times, but hopefully it won't disrupt the flow
Tidbit: I like to use family names and tidbits when
writing my books. In the end, the stories and characters are
almost entirely fictional, but I enjoy letting family history serve as
my inspiration. My great-grandmother on my mother’s side, whom I was
very close to growing up, was a "Swope” by birth, and she lived with her
family in the town of Coopstown, Maryland, as do the children in this
book (* my great-grandmother makes a few appearances as "baby
Isabelle” throughout the story). While the events of Chapter 2 are
mostly fiction, they are based upon the fact that my own great-great
grandfather’s real-life grocery store had the same thing done to it in
the 1920s, and by the same nasty group of people. But you'll have to
listen to find out just what that thing was …
Listen links: copy and paste into your browser.
Part 1 https://bit.ly/34601JA
Part 2 https://bit.ly/3dLdxqa
Matt's Hump-Day Ditty
This week's recording on our Facebook site (First Congregational Church):
Franz Liszt's Variations on "Weinen Klagen Sorgen Zagen"
*Recorded on the great Woolsey Hall organ at Yale University
The chorale "Weinen Klagen Sorgen Zagen”, made
famous by the Bach cantata of the same name, translates to
mean "weeping, lamenting, worrying, fearing” which I think much of the
world can relate to right now. It also reflected much of what was going
on in Liszt’s life in 1862 when he wrote his set of variations on this
tune, first for solo piano, and then later for organ. Two of Liszt's
three children had died within three years of each other; he had
resigned his position of Kapellmeister to the court of Weimar due to
continued opposition to his music, and finally his long sought marriage
to Princess Caroline Wittgenstein had been thwarted by political
intrigue. The radically chromatic harmonies throughout his
variations suggest the anguish and despair of the cantata’s original
text, which depicts the affliction Christians will come to pass, and
culminates in the theme "Your sorrow shall be turned into joy” from the
Gospel of John. Bach’s cantata is often featured during Palm Sunday
worship services, so I hope the message behind both the cantata and
Liszt’s musical interpretation of it will resonate with you during these
Listen links: copy and paste into your browser.
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac-99vgwJrw
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxnfmUoUE9Q
NATHAN (Matt’s husband, culinary instructor at EMCC)
Nathan's Friday Fixings ~ Shrimp Bisque
you’ve looked at the recipe below, you’ve probably noticed that the
instructions tell you to cook both the shrimp and the shrimp shells.
Well … Before you conclude that all those shrimp shells make this soup
fit for only sea otters, allow me to say––the shells are only there to
enhance the flavor of the soup, and they will all be strained out in the
OPEN KITCHEN with NATHAN SCOTT ~ Shrimp Bisque
Though it might seem odd, puréeing the shrimp shells right into the soup imparts a rich seafood flavor.
4 ounces pancetta, cut into ¼-inch cubes
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, shells reserved
1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
4 ribs celery, chopped
8 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 bay leaves
1 sprig fresh tarragon, plus more for garnish
¼ teaspoon paprika
pinch Cayenne pepper
½ cup Arborio rice
¼ cup dry white wine
1½ quarts homemade chicken stock, or low-sodium canned chicken broth
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
4 medium red-skinned potatoes, cut into ½-inch chunks and boiled until tender
Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
1. In a stockpot set over medium heat, cook the pancetta, stirring
occasionally, until crispy. Add in the shrimp and cook another 2 to 3
minutes, or until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through. Using a
slotted spoon, remove the shrimp and pancetta from the pot and set
2. Add the onion and celery to the stockpot. Cook in the
pancetta drippings, until the onions are translucent, 4 to 6 minutes.
Stir in the garlic, bay, tarragon, paprika, Cayenne, rice, and reserved
shrimp shells. Cook, stirring often, until the shells are pink, 1 to 2
minutes. Pour in the wine and continue to cook until most of the wine
has evaporated. Then, pour in the stock. Reduce the heat to low and
simmer until the rice is very tender, about 30 minutes.
the bay from the soup and discard. Add the evaporated milk, and purée
the soup in a blender. Pass through a fine mesh sieve and discard any
remaining solids, before pouring the soup back into the stockpot and
returning it to the heat. Add the potatoes,shrimp, and pancetta. Season
to taste with salt and white pepper, and garnish with chopped tarragon.
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News From our national UCC office: Justice Events
Join the Webinar: A Faith Response to COVID-19 on April 7
Join for the interfaith webinar, A Faith Response to COVID-19 on April 7
from 4 PM to 5 PM. The webinar will explain important details of the
recently passed C.A.R.E.S. Act, the positive provisions, and the key
priorities that were left out. We will look at implications of COVID-19
and the recent legislation on a variety of issues and populations,
including: incarcerated individuals, immigrants, low-income communities,
Native Americans, our health care system, and elections. Congress is
already starting negotiations on a fourth COVID-19 package. The second
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and conduct virtual meetings with congressional offices. The faith voice
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