Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas at Home, Part II

I wanted to do something a little different this Christmas. I am envious of those who can spend days baking every kind of cookie and confection to present with a plate and a carol. I just don't have that kind of energy. I felt my culinary contribution this Christmas need to be based on Christ's ministry on earth. Focusing on Him resonated with me more than any other. So, I pulled out my most prized recipe book from Alaska and got busy.

I love this charming book. It has recipes from my high school librarian, my violin teacher, my favorite Alaskan artist and many Alaskans who I've read about and admired. So loved is this little sugary wonder, it opens automatically to my favorite recipe: Fiddlehead Ginger Crinkles. I don't let them get crinkly, so I would actually call them "chews."

And they cut great with a cookie as the ginger chews would be my "fish." (I would think a nice round porgy or snapper-like fish would have worked, but the only fish cookie cutter I have is a king salmon. It worked though.)
For the loaves, I made some mini-pumpkin variety from my beautiful Bon Appetit cookbook. Since we were delivering this to fellow Latter-day Saints, I also included a brief perspective written by one the leaders of our Church, President James E. Faust. Its from his book, Finding Light in a Dark World. I enjoyed reading his words because his outlook provides a sweetness that will not go away. One bite of this morsel of knowledge and we are reminded of why this season of remembering Christ's advent and arrival into the world is so important.

He wrote: "In our time, we seem to have forgotten the miracle of the five loaves and the two fishes in favor of the miracles wrought by the mind and hand of men. I refer to the marvels of modern transportation and the increasing sophistication of all scientific knowledge, including the new electronic highway. We have forgotten that this amazing knowledge comes to mankind only as God chooses to reveal it, and it should be used for purposes nobler and wiser than mere entertainment. This knowledge permits the words of the prophets of God to be bounced off satellites hovering over the earth so it is possible for much of mankind to hear their messages.

"With this great knowledge has come also some skepticism about the simple and profound eternal truths taught in the miracle of the loaves and of the fishes—namely, that God rules in the heavens and the earth through his infinite intelligence and goodness.

"We are also to understand and remember that we too, like the lad in the New Testament account, are the spirit children of our Heavenly Father and that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior, and the Redeemer of the world. We believe that in the centuries following the establishment of his kingdom upon the earth, the doctrines and the ordinances were changed, resulting in a falling away and the loss of the keys of priesthood authority from the earth.

"A miracle even greater than that of the loaves and the fishes was the vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith, who saw the Father and the Son in the Sacred Grove near Palmyra, New York. Subsequently the keys, the priesthood, and the saving ordinances were restored in their fulness, and Christ's church was reestablished in our time. Thus God has again fed us and filled our baskets to overflowing."


Mary Seals said...

I love this idea, I'm stealing it for next Christmas... or maybe Easter. Now, where to find a fish cookie cutter..... Got your Christmas card today by the way, thanks!

Twinlinebackers said...

I love the idea of fish at Christmas with the quote about loaves and fishes. That's terrific!

Home Tour said...

I have a Fiddle Head cookbook and Ginger Crinkles are my favorites!!! Wish I was your neighbor and could have received your Christmas treats. Beautiful sentiment to accompany them, Thank you!

J & K Shapiro said...

I am not sure why I came up as Home Tour...this is Kara.