Top Ten things I have been cooking

   Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad  with  Avocado Cilantro Buttermilk Dressing  - Delicious with homemade or store bought taco bowls. For homemade, I use tortilla shells and use tortilla taco bowl baker, which is like a waffle iron shaped like a bowl. My wife loves this dressing and uses it for veggie dips as well. 

Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad with Avocado Cilantro Buttermilk Dressing - Delicious with homemade or store bought taco bowls. For homemade, I use tortilla shells and use tortilla taco bowl baker, which is like a waffle iron shaped like a bowl. My wife loves this dressing and uses it for veggie dips as well. 

  Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano  - Great for those cold winter days when you want a warm and creamy dish. 

Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano - Great for those cold winter days when you want a warm and creamy dish. 

  Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea and Turkey Stew  - I like this with a drop of hummus in the center, and the key to this dish is the mint.  

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea and Turkey Stew - I like this with a drop of hummus in the center, and the key to this dish is the mint.  

   White Castle Sliders  - Yes when you read this, you will see that there is peanut butter and that’s all right. Perfect for these cheeseburger cravings and it's homemade. Yum! 

White Castle Sliders - Yes when you read this, you will see that there is peanut butter and that’s all right. Perfect for these cheeseburger cravings and it's homemade. Yum! 

   Slow Cooker Asian Beef-  Warning: This is addictive. Perfect for lettuce wraps with rice and beef. Yum! 

Slow Cooker Asian Beef- Warning: This is addictive. Perfect for lettuce wraps with rice and beef. Yum! 

   Chicken Couscous Salad  - Simple and easy, especially when you have leftover cooked chicken and cherry tomatoes on hand. Our daughter likes this dish, especially when it has feta cheese on top. 

Chicken Couscous Salad - Simple and easy, especially when you have leftover cooked chicken and cherry tomatoes on hand. Our daughter likes this dish, especially when it has feta cheese on top. 

  Baked Eggs with Buffalo Chicken  - Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Baked Eggs with Buffalo Chicken - Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner

   Basque Chicken with Bell Pepper and Tomato  -Simple, ethnic comfort food.

Basque Chicken with Bell Pepper and Tomato -Simple, ethnic comfort food.

  Spicy Thai Chicken Soup-  This is one that I go back to time after time. Also perfect for those family members who aren't feeling great. Great to make and tastes better as leftovers. Don't put all the veggies in one day unless you have a huge gathering that will eat it up on that day.  Use the fresh veggies (bell pepper, snap peas and basil) as you plan to eat on that day in proportion to the servings, so it maintains freshness. Use less chicken broth and more water as it can be very salty. 

Spicy Thai Chicken Soup- This is one that I go back to time after time. Also perfect for those family members who aren't feeling great. Great to make and tastes better as leftovers. Don't put all the veggies in one day unless you have a huge gathering that will eat it up on that day.  Use the fresh veggies (bell pepper, snap peas and basil) as you plan to eat on that day in proportion to the servings, so it maintains freshness. Use less chicken broth and more water as it can be very salty. 

   Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens  - This is good with andouille sausage. To cut the heat and add some creaminess, add yogurt to the soup when you serve it. 

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Greens - This is good with andouille sausage. To cut the heat and add some creaminess, add yogurt to the soup when you serve it. 

My Magical Mud Cocoa Mix

Being a stay at home pastor (Google the derivation of the word, pastor, to get that joke), one of my responsibilities is cooking. I would like to share one of my recipes that I've created.
The magical mud cocoa mix is based upon two recipes: Cocoa Spice Dry Rub Chicken and Chicken With Cocoa Rub

In the upcoming weeks, I will show you how to use the magical mud cocoa mix in multiple ways.  The simplest recipe is take 1 tablespoon of the mix and add 2 tablespoons of flour, and mix together in a ziplock bag. Then add the meat and shake it until the meat is coated with the mixture. Sauté in a pan until meat is cooked. Take out the meat. Then deglaze the pan with a fruity wine or fruit juice.  Serve the sauce on the top of the meat. Simple and elegant.

My Magical Mud Cocoa Mix

Ingredients
Smoked paprika: 1 tsp.
Ground chipotle pepper: 1 tsp.
Dried Oregano: 1 tsp.
Dried Basil: 1 tsp.
Dried tarragon: 1 tsp.
Dried rosemary: 1 tsp.
Dried thyme: 1 tsp.
Fresh ground black pepper: 1 tsp.
Ground cinnamon: 1/2 tsp.
Ground cumin: 1/2 tsp.
Cocoa powder: 2 tsp.
Garlic powder: 2 tsp.
Brown sugar (here I use raw sugar): 2 tsp.
Kosher salt: 2 tsp.


Directions
Grind the oregano, basil, tarragon, rosemary and thyme in an spice grinder and then put the mixture into a  storage container with the rest of the ingredients. Mix till it looks like dirt.

Post from A Stay at Home Pastor: Adventures in Lunchen Gastronomy

On December 12, the negotiations began, but Gabby broke negotiation protocol by pulling out the cake frosting and pickles out of the refrigerator and announcing that she wanted a sandwich made of these things.  As parents, we want our children to reflect the best we are: reproduction, while engaging an new and unknown world: adaptation. The trick in parenting is learning how to resolve these predicaments in a creative way so that your child has the best outcomes.   While we might have bias toward one aim over another, the aim we choose are dependent on a lot of factors. An intuition can be developed through mindfulness activities that allows both in the moment and reflection on the moment.