Author: Joanne Cutting-Gray

There are many health benefits to beans, which are full of fiber that can inhibit cancer and control blood sugar levels. Beans and lentils were among the foods sent to King David’s army to restore its strength.

I just returned from England, which still celebrates an afternoon ritual: tea, specifically, cream tea, or tea and scones. A scone is similar in texture to a baking powder biscuit but sweeter, more dense, thick, and tender. It is a deceptively simple quick bread. Deceptive, because how carefully you handle the dough will decide whether the scone is moistly tender or tough and dry.

Comfort food. There’s a reason why it’s called that. We think of our favorite dishes from childhood, celebrations, holidays, feasts. Our mouths and noses water at the smell of apples and pastry stiffening in the oven, bean soup simmering on the stove, juicy chicken frying in a pan.

You have to read between the lines to figure out the timing, that is, the steps that can be taken ahead of time and how they can be organized. Take the following classic Southern recipe for Shrimp and Grits …

What is the language you cry in? Can a song of lamentation reconnect us to our roots and bring us redemption? Renew our memory across time, distance, and exile? The Psalms are not just songs of praise and celebration. They are full of lamentations that speak of real sorrows. They often take the form of a cry that God answers in another Psalm. Take for example Psalm 22:2: “O my God, I cry in the day-time but thou dost not answer, in the night I cry but get no respite.” The cry is answered in Psalm 106:44: “And yet when he heard them wail and cry aloud, he looked with pity on their distress.”