“A Neutral Education?” Friday, May 8 2009 

booksI was perusing The Well-Trained Mind website this morning and stumbled across an article by Susan Wise Bauer on the use and misuse of Christian and secular textbooks/curricula in education. I found the article fascninating and encouraging, as well as an extension of thought/conversations/growth I’ve had over the years in the area of Christian education, classical education, and also the role of the church. If you’re at all familiar with classical education or The Well-Trained Mind book, I think you might enjoy this article!

“A Neutral Education?” by Susan Wise Bauer

Chicken & Feta Tabbouleh Tuesday, May 5 2009 

I found this recipe in the April issue of Cooking Light and made it last Thursday night. It was delicious! There’s a little bit of chopping up front (some of that could be done ahead), but no real cooking is required (you can pre-cook your chicken breasts or use rotisserie chicken). I love the flavors of Middle Eastern food, and this recipe was quite satisfying. I plan on making this recipe several times over the coming summer months. I served it with pita bread and hummus.

Chicken and Feta Tabbouleh

  • 3/4  cup  uncooked bulgur
  • 1  cup  boiling water
  • 2  cups  chopped skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
  • 1  cup  chopped plum tomato
  • 1  cup  chopped English cucumber
  • 3/4  cup  chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2  cup  (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3  cup  finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh mint
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 1  tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1  teaspoon  bottled minced garlic
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
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    Place bulgur in a medium bowl; cover with 1 cup boiling water. Let stand 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Combine chicken and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add bulgur to chicken mixture; toss gently to combine.

    Serves 4.