On February 11th we celebrate Our Lady's first apparition to St. Bernadette at Lourdes, France. We celebrate a name day on this feast day so it's an extra special day here. Last year I served a special French meal (American style) including Pure Potato Soup, Ham Steak, and French Rolls. (By the way the potato soup is only 2 pts a cup - if your counting :)
Pure Potato Soup in honor of Our Lady
1 small onion
Bag of shredded potatoes
Packet of White Gravy Mix.
Broth 1 - 26oz box plus about a half of an addition can
Saute the onion in a little of the broth from the box. Once the onion is translucent, add remaining stock from the box and the bag of shredded potatoes. In a separate bowl, whisk together the packet of white gravy mix with about half of the can of broth. Once this is mixed well, add to the soup. Bring up to temp. then reduce and simmer about 30 to 45 min. or until your potatoes are soft.
The white gravy mix makes the soup a little on the peppery side (which I really liked)! The specks of pepper in the soup can remind us of our sins and how we are to pray to Our Lady asking her to help us to be good.
And here's a beautiful prayer from Catholic Culture to pray before tonights meal:
Table Blessing for the Feasts of the Mother of God
We praise and magnify you, O Lord, the most high, for in the fullness of time you chose the humble virgin of Nazareth as the mother of your only begotten Son. By the intercession of her prayers we beg your blessing upon our daily food and drink. May they sustain us in our journey until you bring us to the eternal joy of heaven, where Jesus is king forever and ever. Amen