Archive for January 16th, 2011

Homemade Crackers


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


1 1/4 cups flour; whole wheat or rye*

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil; more as needed

4 tablespoons water; add more as needed

1 teaspoon seasoning such as chili powder, dried herbs etc (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400° F
  • Mix together well, preferably in a food processor, 1 cup of the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and oil or butter ( use smaller amount for crisper crackers, or a larger amount for a richer flavor). Add 3 tablespoons water and mix well. Gradually add more water, mixing after each addition, until mixture forms a compact ball. If it seems too sticky to handle, add more flour.
  • Sprinkle a work surface (or a baking sheet-sized piece of parchment paper) with some of the remaining flour then press and roll the dough to about 1/8th inch thick. Try to get it fairly uniform. If the dough is too dry to roll out, return it to the food processor and add a little more water. If necessary to prevent sticking, dust your hands and the rolling-pin with a little more flour.
  • Put the rolled-out dough on a baking sheet dusted with a little flour (if you’ve used parchment paper, transfer dough and paper to baking sheet) and bake 10 – 15 minutes, until somewhat brown.
  • Cool and break into pieces. If making several batches, mix another while the first one bakes. You can re-use the parchment paper several times.

*Any finely ground grain such as cornmeal or buckwheat can be used for the flour in this recipe.

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Quinoa and Green Bean Salad with Sesame and Pumpkin Seeds

This quinoa-based salad offers fresh citrus flavor and savory appeal thanks to sesame and pumpkin seeds. A tasty, unique side dish to enjoy year-round.



6 ounces quinoa, rinsed
1 1/3 cups water
3/4 pound trimmed haricots verts or green beans
Salt to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/3 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds


Toast quinoa in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 4 minutes. Put toasted quinoa into a medium pot and add water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until all of the water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside, uncovered, to let cool.

Meanwhile boil the green beans in lightly salted water until al dente, about 2 minutes. Rinse in cold water to stop the cooking and drain well.

In a large bowl, combine quinoa, green beans, lemon juice and oil. Add sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, salt and pepper and toss to combine well. Serve at room temperature.

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Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 2:3-5 (NASB95)

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”  – Charles R. Swindoll

Paul explained how humility can be expressed. Instead of concentrating on self, each believer should be concerned about the interests of other believers. (see also Rom. 12:10). Preoccupation with oneself is sin. Christ gives us the ultimate example of humility. He said we are to have an attitude like His; we are to put the interests of others before our own interests. Do you put the interests of others before your interests? Do you demonstrate the humility and attitude of Jesus Christ? During your time of prayer and fasting ask God to check your attitude and to open your eyes to the interests of other believers.

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