Month: December 2016
St. John was both a simple fisherman and a beloved apostle. At Jesus’ death, John was given charge of our beloved Mother and is said to have lived a long life. In addition to writing the Gospel of John, an additional three Epistles, and the Book […]
“Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen…”
St. Stephen is considered to be the very first Christian artery, whose death is recounted in chapter 7 of the book of Acts. He is also the patron saint of horses and the “reason for the season” with respect to Boxing Day in England. One Boxing Day tradition was for the priest to empty the church’s alms does and distribute the money to the poor of the parish. This eventually evolved into the tradition of piggy banks, in which money would be saved all year and the banks broken open just after Christmas.
Feast day foods include such things as scrambled eggs, stew, and horse-shoe shaped pastries. One popular pastry recipe is called Podkovy (or St. Stephen’s Horns).
St. Stephen’s Horns
- 1 package active dry, or cake, yeast
- 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- grated rind of 1 lemon
- 1 cup sweet butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 5 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- poppy seed, nuts, or cheese
Dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk. Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sour cream, yeast-milk mixture, lemon juice, rind. Cut butter and shortening into dry ingredients; add to egg mixture. Chill 1 hour.
Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut in rectangles. Sprinkle rectangles with poppy seeds, nuts, or cheese. Close. Shape into horns. Brush with cream. Bake on greased baking sheets 12-15 minutes at 375°.
Catholic Cookbook, The by William I. Kaufman, The Citadel Press, New York, 1965
Feast day drinks include none other than Kentucky bourbon (he is the patron saint of horses, after all) and cocktails.
- 1 oz. sherry
- ¾ oz. dry vermouth
- ¾ oz. Bénédictine
Pour ingredients into an old fashioned glass filled with ice and stir.
Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour by Michael P. Foley, Regnery Publishing, 2015