Main Dish – Beef Paprikash

On Jan. 6, we celebrated Epiphany in the church. Unfortunately, at Redeemer we had to celebrate this one at home due to the extreme cold that blanketed our area for about 36 hours.

The First Sunday of Epiphany falls directly after Epiphany, and the traditional reading for this day is about the Baptism of Jesus. This photo of this stained glass window at Redeemer hardly does it justice, but it depicts the very story of the day’s Bible reading.photo-43

In his sermon on Sunday, my husband explained that the primary source material for the life of Jesus is the four canonical books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. He said that very few events appear in all four of these books. For example, the nativity narrative of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, and the baby in the manger, all of that comes from only one Gospel, Luke.

Of course, the centerpiece of the Christian message–the crucifixion and death of Jesus are in all four. Same with the miraculous feeding of the 5,000. Another event in all four Gospels–somewhat surprising, perhaps–is the reading for the First Sunday of Epiphany, Matt. 3:13–17, the Baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan River. All sorts of people were coming to John to be baptized. And then coming from the crowd is Jesus, the only one who did not need baptizing.

Epiphany is the revealing of God–the unveiling of God to all people. So Jesus’ baptism served as His “ordination” to be revealed to all as the Son of God. Scott went on to explain that in our own baptisms we experience the “happy exchange” – Jesus takes our death and sin and gives us His life and perfection.

Since we had to cancel the Epiphany service, we did not get to enjoy the King’s Cake that evening , so George K. brought it to the chili cook-off last weekend. King’s Cake–so named after the three “kings” or magi who visited the child Jesus in Bethlehem–tastes sort of like coffee cake, quite tasty.

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Inside the cake, the baker hides a baby Jesus. Ours, because it was so big, actually had 6 baby Jesuses (which, I must say, seemed a little heretical). Here’s one of ours, a white plastic “baby.”

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I love this hand-in-the-cookie-jar moment when Olivia was trying sneak a brownie before dinner. We’ve all been there, girl.

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Beef Paprikash

Now onto the recipe for the day. The name of this recipe is no lie. There’s a WHOLE lot of paprika in this delicious beef dish.

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Buttery beefy wonderfulness

Do you like my new fancy-pants tongs? I treated myself to them with my Kohl’s cash.

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The broth is a deep red. Considering there are 5 tablespoons of paprika included, that’s not a big surprise. After 2 1/2 hours of simmering, this dish came out amazingly well. The meat practically melts in your mouth. I’m learning that if you get the right cut of beef and cook it correctly, you get pure yumminess. The paprika and dill blend to create a deliciously layered flavor. The recipe calls for wide noodles as the base, but I decided to use quinoa instead, also very good. It kind of reminds me of goulash.

This recipe was contributed by DiDi H., not only a fantastic realtor (I speak from a great experience) but a wonderful friend. She is an example of grace for me, showing God’s love in her life. The day we moved into our home over four years ago, DiDi brought us dinner, welcomed us warmly, and helped us feel at home right away. But she didn’t stop there. She also showed me around the area, took me shopping, and overall befriended me in a way I’ll never forget. I’ve been reading some quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., the great orator and civil rights leader, and I came across this one: “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” To me, DiDi shows in her life this attitude of grace, compassion, and kindness. Thank you, DiDi, for being such a great role model.

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