Whether yours is a large family with several children or a household of only two, taking time to sit down for supper together is a time-proven way to enrich your lives. The bonds between us are strengthened during the conversations we share when breaking bread.
Jesus shows us the way, as always. As it says in Luke’s Gospel, “The Son of Man came eating and drinking …” Luke 7:34 NIV.
In your home, eat together as often as possible. Occasionally, choose a warm, hearty menu that invites all to slow down, lavishing time on the meal and the conversation.
The French onion soup and vegetable dip combo will subtly extend time at the table. The soup requires time to cool, and chatting is natural while dipping veggies. Take these moments to talk about the challenges of the day or what the Lord is doing in your lives.
Don’t overlook a prayer of thanksgiving. Acknowledging God’s provision is a gracious way to acknowledge the One who is with us.
French Onion Soup
A key to this soup’s deep, sweet-onion flavor is caramelizing onions slowly at low heat, which allows flavors to properly blend. If you don’t have oven-safe bowls, toast cheese-laden bread slices on a baking sheet and float them in the bowls of hot soup.
An aioli (ay-OH-lee) is a French mayonnaise sauce or dip. A simple whirl in the food processor is all it takes to create this version of the lemon-and-garlic classic. Serve with vegetable bundles made by wrapping narrow strips of parchment paper around veggie strips and tying with kitchen twine.
Use time-saving frozen dinner roll dough to round out your winter meal. When the piping hot rolls come out of the oven, give them a shiny, savory crust by brushing with melted butter seasoned with a little garlic powder.
Apple and Pear Tart
Tender, buttery pastry supports an almond paste filling topped with lightly spiced fans of apple and pear. Apricot preserves seal in all the flavors after baking. Before adding refrigerated preserves, microwave on high in 10-second intervals until the fruit flows easily.
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