On 18 December, the holy martyrs Rufus and Zosimus, who were taken to Rome with St. Ignatius of Antioch and were put to death there for their unwavering confession of Christianity during the persecution of Trajan. St. Polycarp speaks of them in his letter to the Philippians (c. ix).
When I read of two saints persecuted together, I always wonder if one was mad at the other or if they stayed plucky to the end. Or did it play out like Brokedown Palace? (I refer to the Kate Beckinsale/Claire Danes movie, not the fabulous Grateful Dead song it was named after.)
We all like to think we'd be big-hearted Claire, but I know I'd end up as Kate "get me OUT of here!" Beckinsale.
Please check out Ms. Crip Chick's poetry, specifically My soul needs more and The Scar. She is remarkable.
What I ate today, courtesy of my cousin Bethie!
2 pounds potatoes
3 ounces butter, soft
4 egg yolks
to taste salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon chopped truffles
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Peel and cut potatoes into large cubes. Place in a large saucepan, boil in salted boiling water until tender. Drain well, and put through a ricer.
Transfer to a saucepan, and combine with butter, egg yolks, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Mix well over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in chopped truffles, and sliced almonds. Cool potato mixture until it becomes easy to handle.
Shape into pancakes 3 inch round by 1 inch thick. Arrange on a greased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Recipe courtesy Chef De Cuisine.
For political junkies: Anddy Arnold, chairman of the Greenville County Democratic Party has endorsed Barack Obama for the party's presidential nomination. We are an early-primary state, so this is significant. This follows last week's news: former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Joe Erwin's endorsement of Barack Obama.
Listening to: Grateful Dead - China Cat Sunflower