Fr. Z’s Kitchen: The Contraption

A little while ago, I made risotto with taleggio cheese and pears.   One of you readers observed that, from common love for risotto, I should have a KitchenAid Multi-Cooker [US HERE – UK HERE]

Given that challenge, I put it on my wishlist and, it showed up.  Eventually, it even got to me!  I wasn’t alerted that a particular box had arrived for several days.  Also, there was no gift receipt or note in the box, so I have only a vague notion of who might have sent it (the challenger?) and no certain way to send thank to the right person.

However.  Thank you!

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After Minnesota bishops’ planned defiance of Mass restrictions, governor eases rules…

The governor of Minnesota has issued an order allowing for the resumption of limited public worship gatherings, days after the bishops of the state said they would allow public Masses to resume in defiance of previous guidelines. The bishops maintained that the original guidelines were unfairly restrictive toward religious services, as businesses and other entities in the state are slowly being allowed to reopen with new safety protocols in place to help guard against the novel coronavirus.

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Love Lifted Me: A homily for the Ascension of the Lord…

In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this Sunday. The liturgist in me regrets the move from Thursday, but here we are any way. Let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late! This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago, for though Christ our head has ascended, we the members of His body are ascending with Him…

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Out of this world we’re in…

If we forgot, the pandemic has made it painfully clear that we’re not of this world. Both the illness and its economic and political wreckage have revealed the fragility of this world’s powers. Those false gods have failed us spectacularly. Indeed, at times, they have exacerbated the problem. In a sense, it’s not their fault. We never should have expected what they cannot deliver.

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The 7 best portable grills you can buy…

True grilling enthusiasts are outdoors checking the temp on their smokers even when the wind chill is in the single digits. For most of us though, the grilling season starts on Memorial Day. Luckily for you, grill testing goes all winter long. I’ve smoked ribs in the snow, even when it was so cold I could barely feel my fingers, all to learn which grills are worthy of your money and time. Also, I learned you should wait for the summer to start grilling.

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How George Washington led the Continental Army, and the new nation, through two epidemics…

The coronavirus needs no introduction. For months, the disease has stalked the globe, slaying tens of thousands, infecting millions, and erasing trillions in lost economic activity. Artists’ renderings of the critter as a blue sphere sprouting red frilly excrescences have hung on our small screens like so many imaginings of the Death Star—infection as celebrity. Beside it, nearly all the familiar mug shots, from Kanye and Kim to Harry and Meghan, have faded into irrelevance.

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