Today’s find: Simmering

A new holiday tradition may be taking shape at our house, fashioned from the remains of the feast.

There was a time when I simply discarded our turkey carcass – the leftover bits of meat-on-bone seemingly more trouble than they were worth, particularly given the frenzied post-Thanksgiving hubbub around the house.

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A beautiful bird, which on the day after the feast, still has more delicious gifts to bestow.

But in recent years, I’ve discovered the soul-satisfying flavor of turkey carcass soup…and am now increasingly inclined to block out the time necessary to put a steaming stock-pot of it on our table as we begin the holiday season.

Here’s the thing about turkey carcass soup: It’s not all that hard a recipe to master – but it does take time. And I’ve decided this is an essential part of its charm, something that makes it truly tradition-worthy.

Can’t rush the process, you see. Simmering is essential – hours and hours of it. And it occurs to me that simmering can also be pretty important to the season we’ve just entered – Advent.

While it’s conventional to consider Advent a time of waiting, “simmering” might work just a bit better as a spiritual paradigm.

After all, simmering is not dead time, like “waiting” can all too often be. Rather, simmering contributes something vital to the soup: Gentle heat works with the passage of time to add complexity, building a depth of flavor that would otherwise be lost.

The same can be true of these four weeks of Advent, it seems to me. I was reminded of that fact when I heard the Prayer After Communion at Mass on Sunday. It reads, in part:

…for even now, as we walk amid passing things, You teach us by them to love the things of heaven.

I realized that even a simple pleasure like turkey carcass soup can wind up being just such a “passing thing.” If we take time to savor such gifts – let them simmer – then we will surely develop a deeper appreciation for the glorious Taste of Heaven when He finally arrives at Christmas.

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It’s not soup yet…not until the time of simmering is complete.

Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.

IHS

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2 thoughts on “Today’s find: Simmering

  1. Sandra Hackmann

    Ummm, recipe please!! Sounds delish!!

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