More Comfort Food: Grunkohl

More Comfort Food?

No Foolin’ !

Not just any comfort food, but a dish from across the Atlantic, a Germanic delight,

Easy to make, including the simple, magical use of the uber-healthy, leafy green, Kale,


Inspired by mention of the dish on Twitter, I knew I had to try it. Been looking for ways to eat more leafy greens, the fuse was already lit…

I found a recipe on the web (there are many; I used All Recipes),

Then I modified it for the ingredients I had on-hand: swapped the potatoes for rice, the sausage for beef hotdog and voila!,



After 24 months,

2 vaccines,

1 booster,

Maybe 100 masks (I’ve worn washable / reusable until several months ago),

I turned up positive for COVID – 19. Tested twice, just to be sure. Well, it was bound to happen.

I’m in good company though; Jungkook of K-Pop Boy Band BTS also announced he just tested positive.

Now I join the 79.9 million number of Americans and 482 million number of humans globally in recorded cases.

Thankfully, it’s a mild/moderate case; I’m not hospitalized. I am tho’ in the midst of 10-day isolation/quarantine.

Condition? Achy, congested, cough and tight chest, foggy brain.

Response? Hydrate, read, sleep, repeat.

Upside? It took two years. And now I’ve got four doses building my immunity to go forward.

Straight Comfort: Ramen

Ramen fits the bill on many an occasion, versatile, yummy for sure.

As a stir-fry, soup, or garnish, it’s an inexpensive, go-to item for everyone’s pantry*.

Also, there’s so much variety in Ramen: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, all good.

Ramen provides a terrific base for left-over vegetables of all kinds. Chop them up fine, toss them in the pot, and let them simmer…before you know it,

Chow Time…!

My mother-in-law gave me a few versions of a Korean brand a while back; I’m still going through them and they are spicy / tasty.

Suffering through a flu just now, and the noodles are saving me.

True Comfort Food!

Universal Faith

Like a lot of believers, I’ve got a mixed bag of beliefs and experiences with faith.

I was raised in the Episcopal tradition, but then came of adult age and depth of faith more in the Jesuit-infused Catholic tradition.

I’ve attended church off and on my whole life, frequency influenced by those I’m close to. And since adolescence I’ve turned to faith both to express gratitude for things that go well, and to shepherd me through trying times. So my faith today is still rooted in Christianity, still rooted in my history and heritage. Evolved over time, still deep and fundamental to who, how I am.

About six years back I became and ordained minister in the Universal Life Church*. I took this step after being asked by a couple of close friends if I would officiate their wedding ceremony. I officiated as second wedding this weekend, for my brother-in-law and his (now) wife.

In both instances I have been humbled by the request to officiate, these two couples seeing something in me I’ve long felt a part of my particular person, a sense of the spiritual, a sense of the sacred.

Humbled, Blessed, those are the two words I would use to express my feelings about leading a wedding ceremony. I believe deeply in the soulfulness of that particular Nuptial moment, when two people make a life-time commitment to one another, a public declaration of what they want their life to be with the other.

Yep, Humbled and Blessed.

[*The Universal Life Church Monastery is a multi-religious interfaith ministry that has an online ordination program, which allows individuals to preside over weddings, baptisms, and funerals in the United States depending on state and county laws.]