Thursday, May 31, 2012

Feast of the Visitation

Today is the Feast of the Visitation (the story in the New Testament where Mary goes and visits her cousin Elizabeth.  The prophet John the Baptist leaps in his mother's womb because he recognizes that Jesus in Mary's womb). Mary shows great hospitality and generosity toward her cousin.  I like to remember my maternal grandparents on this day.  They always went out of their way to be generous and hospitable (even to after their deaths, donating their house to be a Hospice Home).  Often times when we would come and visit they would treat our family to dinner out at Grandpa's favorite Chinese restaurant.  I made Chinese food in remembrance of them today.

Spicy Orange Beef
slightly adapted from:

1 pound beef tenderloin, cut into strips
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup rice vinegar (I used white)
2 T soy sauce
1 T hot chili sauce (used Sriracha)
1 T brown sugar
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup water
1 t cornstarch
4 cups broccoli florets

Marinate beef at least 2 hours in orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, hot sauce, brown sugar, and garlic (reserve marinade).  Cook in an non-stick skillet.  Add broccoli just until steamed slightly.  Add water and cornstarch to reserved marinade. Let thicken and flavors blend.  Serve over white rice.

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