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Jesus said a blessing before a meal in the Gospel of Luke. Paul offered a pre-meal blessing in the book of Acts.

Saying grace is more than a tradition of family, it’s also an act of faith.

But as our guest today explains when it comes to the table, grace is more than a prayer, it’s a practice. From appetizer to entrée, to dessert, we are meant to embody grace with every bite.

As you’ll learn, this looks quite different than you might expect.

Dr. Norman Wirzba is a professor at Duke Divinity School and author of Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating. In fact, he just might be the world’s expert on this topic.

He was a huge gift to me in the writing of Taste and See: An Aspiring Foodie’s Search for God Among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers, and I know you’ll love him as much as I do.

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Taste and See by Margaret Feinberg


Norman’s books: Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating


Picante Salsa

(Taken from a canning workshop with Diane Engelstad. Note from Norman: Best salsa recipe by far. Everybody thinks it can’t be beat!).

4.5 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 large Spanish onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium red pepper, seeded and chopped
3-6 whole jalapeno peppers chopped
5.5 ounce can tomato paste
¾ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 Tbs pickling salt
2 teaspoons paprika
6 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Leave uncovered, and under medium heat,  and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally. Boil for 60 minutes until thickened. Best stored in jars. This salsa can be canned and given as gifts.