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Since the 1970’s, we have prepared hundreds (if not thousands!) of meals here at the Community of Jesus on Cape Cod, and at our mission house, Villa Via Sacra, in Barga, Italy. We believe that food nourishes body, soul, and spirit, and that even the simplest meal, prepared with love, can change your life. At the heart of our call to kitchen and table lie the words of Saint Benedict: “Welcome all as Christ.” This premise has led us on many culinary adventures, which we now gladly share with you!

Filet of Sole – A Cape Cod Classic

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Filet of Sole – A Cape Cod Classic
We are blessed by having visitors from all over the United States coming to stay in Bethany, our lovely Guest House—and the cooking Sisters love to serve them the best of Cape Cod cuisine. Situated right on the water, with fishing boats arriving and departing on each tide, it’s sometimes easy for us to forget what a fantastic opportunity we have to enjoy fish fresh from the catch. Our eager guests often prove to be an incentive for us to investigate new ways to prepare a Cape Cod classic, such as Filet of Sole—and this particular recipe has proven to be a big hit!
SERVINGS
1
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COOK TIME
10mins
PREP TIME
10mins
READY IN
25mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven on warm. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a pie plate
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil and 1 Tbsp of butter in a skillet. Add cherry tomatoes, toss until thoroughly cooked; at the last minute, add most of the basil, saving some to sprinkle on when served. Place in a warm oven.
  3. In the same skillet, melt 3 Tbsp butter. While that’s heating, dredge the fish in the flour, then cook on medium to hot in a skillet until golden—about 2 minutes per side. As it’s browning up, add a little wine for flavor!
  4. When ready to serve, tumble tomatoes onto the fish, and garnish with chopped basil leaves or parsley and a lemon wedge.

Gluten Free Crepes

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Gluten Free Crepes
SERVINGS
14crepes
CHANGE SERVING SIZE
crepes
COOK TIME
5mins
PREP TIME
5mins
READY IN
10mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until batter is smooth ( 15-20 seconds).
  2. Spray non-stick cooking spray onto a 8 inch frying or crepe pan. Pour 1/4 cup batter into the pan and cook over medium-low heat. Turn pan immediately from side to side to evenly coat the bottom of the pan.
  3. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until lightly golden. Remove from heat and stack with a piece of baking paper between each one until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with your favorite toppings...we love fresh fruit!

Variation on a Thumbprint Cookie

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Variation on a Thumbprint Cookie
As we were planning a reception for an upcoming Organ Concert, we all agreed on the perfect savories, but couldn’t make a decision about a complimentary sweet. “How about Thumbprint Cookies,” piped up a nearby sister, “but this time, try rolling them in chopped nuts.” Great idea – they’re colorful, and above all, they’re an old-time favorite that everyone loves. Butter, brown sugar, chopped nuts, and your jam of choice – a definite Yum!
SERVINGS
20cookies
CHANGE SERVING SIZE
cookies
COOK TIME
16mins
PREP TIME
25mins
READY IN
1hr

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg yolk; keep egg white separate in a little dish.
  3. Toss the flour and salt lightly together and then gently mix in.
  4. Shape dough into 20 balls; dip in egg white and then in chopped nuts
  5. Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart; make a thumb indentation, and be sure the dough isn’t splitting apart.
  6. Bake for about 15-17 minutes. When golden and done, remove from oven, and indent each cookie again. Then spoon a little of your favorite jam into each thumbprint. Cool completely.

Overnight Slow-Cooker Ribs!

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Overnight Slow-Cooker Ribs!
With the return of warmer weather, we also welcome the return of guests to our community either for retreats, workshops, or events that we host. As hospitality is a hallmark of the Benedictine life, these events offer us an opportunity to put this monastic practice in place! Hosting guests will sometimes limit our time spent in meal preparation, and our solution to providing our sisters with a delicious home-cooked meal and caring for our guests can be found in a vital (and in our case, under-used) kitchen appliance: the crock pot! We made these slow-cooker ribs recently for our main meal, and it was a hit! Even our sisters with restricted diets just had to have a taste. Simple, easy and delicious, this is a recipe that we will be using again this summer.
SERVINGS
4-6
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COOK TIME
7-9hrsplus 2hrs
PREP TIME
20mins
READY IN

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Brush the bottom of the crockpot with olive oil, just enough to coat
  2. Place the sliced onion in an even layer on the bottom of the pot.
  3. Sprinkle the ribs with salt, pepper and brown sugar. Top with the minced garlic, and place in the crockpot.
  4. Pour the apple juice over the ribs and set the temperature on the crockpot to the lowest temperature setting. Place the lid on the pot and let cook overnight or 7-9 hours.
  5. After 7-9 hours, the ribs should be very tender and falling off the bone. Remove from crockpot and place in a 9x13 casserole dish. Liberally cover the ribs with barbecue sauce and cover the pan with foil.
  6. Cook in a low oven (200 degrees) for another 2 hours and enjoy!

Coconut Any Way You Slice It!

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Coconut Any Way You Slice It!
With daffodils and crocuses springing up everywhere, what could be more appealing on these beautiful April days, than a coconut cream pie—and prepped in a surprisingly simple way!
SERVINGS
8-10
CHANGE SERVING SIZE
COOK TIME
10mins
PREP TIME
45mins
READY IN
1hour

Ingredients

Instructions

Pie Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine salt and flour; cut in shortening with 2 knives or pastry cutter, until pea-size pieces.
  3. Add water a little at a time, using a fork toss lightly and mix until it holds together. Don’t over mix!
  4. Shape dough into a flat disk, gently roll out and place in a pie plate, crimping until the edge firmly grips the top of the dish.
  5. Brush lightly with the egg mixture to make if flakey and crisp; with a fork poke holes
  6. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until golden
Pie Filling
  1. While crust is in the oven, make pudding following the directions on the box, adding salt, coconut flavoring; chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 20 minutes
  2. In a small pan, toast 1/4 cup of coconut in the oven for 3-4 minutes until light brown
  3. Fold a generous spatula full of cool whip into pudding, adding 1/4 cup of coconut
  4. Spoon into cooled pie crust, top with more cool whip (or whipped cream) and sprinkle toasted coconut on top

Roasted Pork Loin with Mango Chutney

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Roasted Pork Loin with Mango Chutney
Our convent menus usually include pork once a week in some form or other. Some of us would happily settle for homemade applesauce along with our crusty golden roasted pork and potatoes….but one of our younger, more innovative cooks came up with something that others found more appealing--and you may too: golden roasted pork with a luscious mango chutney she felt the Holy Spirit inspired her to create!
SERVINGS
7-8
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COOK TIME
1hour
PREP TIME
30mins
READY IN

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Coat the surface of a large oven-proof skillet or cast iron pan with olive oil. Heat on high heat. When oil begins to smoke, add pork loin to pan or skillet.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Once the first side has a golden crust, turn pork in the pan to get a crust on the other side. This will seal the meat before roasting, ensuring a juicy serving of meat when cut
  4. Place the skillet and pork into the oven and roast, about 1 hour or until the internal temperature registers 145F on a meat thermometer.
  5. Pull out the pork and let rest, loosely covering the meat with foil.
Chutney
  1. Coat the bottom of a medium saucepan with olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Once oil is warm, sautee the red onion until it becomes translucent. Add red and green bell peppers and cook until tender.
  3. Once vegetables are cooked, add mango and duck sauce, cooking through until the chutney starts to bubble. Add salt to taste.

Once the pork has rested, slice into ½ to ¼ inch slices, top with warm chutney and serve.