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Monday, July 16, 2012


We are so excited for Jonathan Rivet, our IT Programmer, who has generously pledged his vacation time to serve the poor in El Salvador, by digging a well for their village. He leaves Sunday– July 15th (early) and returns the next Saturday – July 21st (late).


May God bless your generosity Jonathan. Can’t wait to hear the stories about this missionary work.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Japanese Fruitcake with Citrus Sauce

Ingredients

CAKE

1 cup butter -room temperature              2 cups Sugar

4 Eggs                                                     3 cups Flour

1/2 tsp Salt                                              3 tsp Baking powder

1 cup Milk                                              Grated orange rind

1 tsp Vanilla essence                              1 tsp Ginger

1/2 cup Pecans,chopped                         1/2 cup Raisins            

1 1/2 c Grated Coconut
 
Fruit Glaze

2 tb Flour

1 Juice of 3 lemons

1 c Sugar

1 cn Pineapple (20 oz)

2 Egg yolks

1/2 c Pecans chopped

  

Method

· Preheat oven to 350'F. Grease and flour 3 9-inch layer cake pans. Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until soft and fluffy. Beat eggs until light and add to butter-sugar mixture.

· Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together and add alternately to batter with milk. Stir in vanilla and orange rind; beat well. Spread 2/3 of the batter into 2 of the 3 pans.

· Add ginger to remaining batter. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon flour over the raisins and nuts to coat, then add to batter and mix well. Spread spiced batter into remaining third pan.

· Bake layers for 30 minutes, or until sides shrink from pan. Invert on wire rack and allow to cool.

· For fruit Glaze: pineapple should be crushed & drained. Combine all ingredients in top half of a double boiler and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens. It should be quite thick. Remove from heat and allow to cool, stirring  occasionally.

· When completely cool, spread fruit glaze between layers of cake and thinly over the top and side of cake, using a flat-bladed knife to spread evenly. (Place the fruit/spice layer in the middle when stacking layers.) Cover top and side of cake with the coconut.
    


Chef Yoshihiro Kobayashi 

Serves 8 people
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Fresh Mango Mousse with Fruit

Ingredients

- 4 cups milk

- 1 cup sugar

- 4 soup spoons corn starch

- 1 cup Mango juice. A canned mango juice is fine, but use juice   from the fruit itself for a better flavor

- 1/2 cup water.

- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence.

Method

1. Mix sugar with 3 cups milk. Heat until it boils.

2. Mix corn starch with 1 cup of milk. Then, add it slowly to

Sugar-milk mixture while stirring quickly until it boils. It is very, very important to stir quickly.

3. Add Mango juice to the mixture and stir quickly until it boils.

4. Turn heat down to low. Cook for 5 minutes.

5. Add water and vanilla to the mixture and stir for 3 minutes.

6. Take mixture off heat and wait until the temperature goes down a little.

7. You're almost done. Pour the mixture into round individual dessert dishes.

8. Mousse can be topped with white raisins, small pieces of dried fruit, mixed nuts, or small slices of fresh mango.

9. Refrigerate until cold.

10. Serve Mousse cold, you can either remove it from glass or keep it in. (It can be safer to keep it in so it doesn’t fall apart!).

Chef Akil Okasha

Monday, July 9, 2012
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the locals fondly nicknamed one type of tree: the “tourist tree.” Why? Because the tree’s bark appears to be always red and peeling. And truly, that is how the islanders see many of the tourists who visit their home for a week or longer. Determined to soak up as much sun as possible, many visitors underestimate the power of the Caribbean sun and end up with skin that is, well, red and peeling.

Contrary to those cases, there is in general a growing awareness of the danger posed by excessive exposure to the sun’s rays. People are increasingly taking the time to apply sunscreen in a humble recognition of our vulnerability in this area. It would be foolish to adopt an arrogant or proud stance faced to the sun. Those who try to deny their weakness faced to the sun’s power only end up burned and at risk of skin cancer.

In fact, the FDA is currently enforcing new rules to increase consumer knowledge about the effectiveness of sunscreens on the market. Next year, manufacturers will be prohibited from labeling their products as “sunblock,” “sweatproof,” or “waterproof,” because really, these claims express a little too much confidence. In conformity with the new rules, the most they can claim is water or sweat “resistance,” for a period of 40 or 80 minutes, depending on their performance in a standardized test.

The FDA is also emphasizing protection from both UVA and UVB radiation, since both are risk factors for skin cancer. Previously, most sunscreens focused on protection from UVB rays, which cause sunburn and heighten the risk of skin cancer. Now, a “broad spectrum” test identifies those products that also protect against UVA rays, which cause tanning, wrinkles, sunspots, premature skin aging, and also increase the risk of cancer.

The American Academy of Dermatology notes that some 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer yearly, but the majority of cases could be prevented with protection from the sun. Skin cancer is very treatable if caught early, it adds, and thus, be sure to report any skin changes, growths or unusual bleeding to a doctor.

The AAD underlines the need to apply about an ounce (a shot glass full) of sunscreen 15 minutes before going outdoors in order to give the skin time to absorb it. It emphasizes reapplication every two hours, and after swimming or sweating heavily.

In the area of sun protection, a healthy dose of humility (i.e. reality) can save you a lot of pain, and may even save your life.

On a spiritual level, the need for a humble recognition of our weakness may not be as evident, and the consequences of neglecting to apply this virtue may not be as immediate. Yet the use of humility as a means of protecting our inner selves is even more necessary than putting on sunscreen before walking outside.

Exercising humility implies living faced to reality, the truth of who we are. Humble people recognize and accept their weaknesses, but they also know their strengths and act accordingly.

As C.S. Lewis says, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”

As a virtue, it protects us from pride, conceit, arrogance, anxiety, depression, and many other enemies of our inner peace and joy. People who neglect humility are more easily manipulated and angered. Those who practice this virtue have a greater capacity for building loving relationships.

We most likely already practice a certain level of humility, even just on the physical level. Going back to our previous example, we practice humility when we put on sunscreen without going overboard and obsessing about keeping UV radiation. As with all virtues, the key to humility is balance, walking the middle ground between two extremes.

Another way we may already practice humility on this level is by seeking the advice and aid of a doctor or health coach. We may recognize that we have issues that we cannot deal with on our own, and in that humble acceptance we ask for help from others.

On a spiritual level, we may ask for God’s help to overcome our weaknesses and become better persons. Or we may petition God for things we know we are powerless to achieve or acquire ourselves.

When we humbly recognize the truth of who we are, the good and the bad, we also learn about our triggers, those situations or people that bring out the worst of us. Humility guards us by advising us to avoid these things that make us fall.

Humility is a great ally and protector in our journey to become better persons. And, as it enables us to be happier and more peaceful, it will also affect those around us in positive ways. What a difference it would make if we all applied an ounce of humility daily before we go out! 

Genevieve Pollock
M.S. Clinical Psychology

Action items:

· Think of yourself less today.
Every time you detect self-focused thinking, redirect your mind to thoughts of a loved one or a needy person.

· Say a prayer asking specifically for help in removing a particular shortcoming.

· Take a step to seek aid for your health: If it is time for a check-up, call the doctor’s office to schedule; If you need help with exercise, contact a personal trainer; etc.