E’ veramente cosa buona e giusta

Lent is quickly coming to a close; just one day to go before Easter Sunday and here I am remembering peaceful words from Roman Catholic mass in Italian, heard, but not fully understood as a Italian teenager.

E’  veramente cosa buona e giusta
nostro dovere e fonte di salvezza,
rendere grazie sempre e in ogni luogo
a te, Signore, Padre santo ...
And in Latin and English , 
Vere dignum et justum est,
aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper,
et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte,
Pater omniopetens, aeterne Deus.

It is truly right and just,
our duty and salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Father most holy,

But these words stuck. And even today, some 20 plus years later, they easily strike  an emotive cord every time they penetrate my heart.  My multiethnic and pluralistic sensitivities, often do make me seek out universally acceptable propositions of faith. Words of thanksgiving such as these - I would hope -  probably resonate with many of my [mono]theistic friends, regardless of faith tradition.  I would not be surprised if a shared spiritual understanding binds us all, although, quite often, we are unwilling to admit our similarities and common connections about the divine, whether external, internal or even pantheistic, for the fear of upsetting traditions and societal norms.

It is with a universal, common faith, that I along with friends and family, give thanks for tomorrow's Christian celebration.

So now , let's talk about cooking.  One way to show our love and brotherhood, is to celebrate with a good meal, something that I am good at.  This year, I decided to stick to buffet style presentation.  No  separation of courses, just one big, concentrated happy roll out of  delicious dishes.

2012 Easter Menu

Assorted Breads
Marinated Peppadews
Roasted Beet, Baby Carrot and Mint Skewers
Cosenza Rolltini : Sharp Provolone and Mortadella
Parmacotto Pinxos stuffed with fried Poblanos and Shaved Gruyere
Baked Ravioli with Chevre Cheese
Savory Tomato Concassé
Baked Beef , Pork Eggplant "Meatballs"

Mixed Green Salad with Lemon Poppy Vinaigrette
Macedonia di Fragole (Strawberry Fruit Salad) 
Fruits and Desserts

Peace be with you all.


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