Advent IV

O Come, O Queer Immanu’el: God with (q)U(eer)s Week 4: Gaudete Vipers It was during those days that Yochanan the Immerser [John the Baptist] arrived in the desert of Y’hudah and began proclaiming the message, “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!” This is the man Yesha‘yahu was talking about when […]

An Advent Study II

O COME, O QUEER, IMANU’EL: GOD WITH (Q)U(EER)S WEEK 2: Who are your people? An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father […]

An Advent Study

O Come, O Queer, Imanu’el: God with (q)U(eer)s Week 1: Stir Up Sunday! Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – The Book of Common Prayer Our […]

Julia Child’s Birthday

“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?” ― Julia Child I’ve learned a lot from Julia Child over the years. As a young boy watching her on public television, I learned that the kitchen was a place I could work hard and find immense pleasure. As a young man, […]

A Thoroughly Modern Beefsteak Banquet

According to Wikipedia: Beefsteak banquets originated among the working class of New York City in the mid-1800s as celebratory meals or “testimonials”. The meal would generally be set up by an organization wishing to laud or raise money for politicians, newly promoted friends, or celebrities. Early beefsteaks were held in a relaxed, men-only atmosphere, with diners sitting […]

Dia de Ñoquis / Pasta Friday

On the first 90 degree day of the year, two pots of water are boiling away on the stove. We’re elbow deep in steaming potatoes plunked down and kneaded right on top of the kitchen table. Children are pouting. Children are running. Strangers are introducing themselves. I’m orchestrating a complex training scheme to facilitate efficient, […]