We are now into the liturgical season of Lent. It is represented with the color violet, which symbolizes mourning and pentance. The alter is left bare at this time, and the alleluia is not said in either prayer or song.
Lent lasts for 40 weekdays in remembrance of the 40 days and nights that Christ spent fasting in the desert tempted by Satan.
Apples are in season right now here in Virginia. The most recognized apples are the Granny Smith, which are perfect for making cakes, pastries and pies. The Red and Golden Delicious are perfect to eat raw. On a cheese plate the Gala and Macintosh would be wonderful.
Winter squash is also in season. Squash is a part of the gourd family and believe it or not they are native to America. Winter squashes such as acorn and golden nugget are squashes perfect for stuffing and baking. Other squash such as the butternut are perfect pureed or sliced and then baked.
Peace be with you,