Thursday, September 11, 2008

From Thy Bounty Fairs - Autumn Edition

Catholic Cuisine will be hosting a series of From Thy Bounty Fairs highlighting the major feasts and fruits of the coming months which lead us into Advent. (A big THANK YOU goes to Mary for coordinating these for us!!!) These fairs will be an opportunity to share with one another the joys, beauty, and abundance of our hearth and home, kitchen and table. We would love everyone to join us in sharing about any aspect of bounty and feasting that you would like – whether it be meals, desserts, homemaking/decorating tips, or prayers.

Upcoming From Thy Bounty Fair Schedule:

Triumph of the Cross (September 15): The cross is a very basic shape and one easily incorporated into cooking and table decorating. This fair will be held right after the feast day. Share what you did to celebrate the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. How did you make the feast and symbol come alive in your Catholic kitchen? Michele will be the hostess. Please submit your link or pictures by 9/14.

Angels: Our Guardians and Defenders (September 29): Angels are honored in two big feasts within a few days of each other – the Feast of the Archangels (9/29) and Memorial of the Guardian Angels (10/2). Share how you are celebrating either or both of these feast days. What are you doing to make this memorable and visible for your family? Do you have special symbolic foods or meals for these days? Jenn will be the hostess.

The Fruits of Our Harvest (October 13): How do you give thanks? What do you do with the bounties of your harvest? Whether you grow your own, shop at he farmer’s market, visit the orchard, or hunt the land you are benefiting from the bounties of God’s creation. Let’s share our recipes, ideas, and thoughts on the bounties that God provides. Mary will be the hostess.

Hallowed Days: All Saints and All Souls (October 27): Florence Berger writes in Cooking for Christ: “The doctrine of the mystical body unites all Christians to their Master, and one with the other in God’s kingdom here on earth. As the branches have their source in the vine, so with Christ we have been bound together for growth and fruition.” The Feasts of All Saints Day (preceded by All Hallows Eve) and All Souls tie together and help us remember the Church Militant, the Church Suffering, and the Church Triumphant. These days offer many unique traditions and celebrations. Share how you feast any of these days? What do you do to fill your tables with the traditions of these hallowed days? I will be hosting this one.

Holiday Foods and Feasts (November 10): Thanksgiving and Christmas are days associated with feasting and celebration. Each family has traditional foods and festivities. Please share your thoughts, suggestions, menus, and recipes for these big feasts so we’ll be well prepared to enjoy them. Amy will be the hostess.

The Bounty of St. Nicholas (December 1): St. Nicholas Day provides a bit of special festivity early in the waiting weeks of Advent. There are so many wonderful culinary traditions from around the world honoring this saint. How is St. Nicholas honored and remembered in your hearth and home? Do you have special treats or food ideas for celebrating this feast day?

Don't they sound wonderful?? I am looking forward to being inspired by all the submissions!

To participate in the fairs please send a link to your post by the deadline date to the hostess indicated, leave a message in the comments section of the Catholic Cuisine blog, or email me at catholiccuisine[at]gmail[dot]com, and I will forward it to the right hostess. You don’t need to have a blog – you can participate by sending pictures or ideas to the hostess for inclusion. So don't be shy! ;)

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