Saints, Feast, Family
- Traditions passed down with Cooking, Crafting, & Caring -
Saint of the day:
Fourteen Holy Helpers
A group of saints revered in early times as particularly aiding Christians. This feast was suppressed in 1969.
The Auxiliary Saints
Agathius 7 MAY Against headache
Barbara 4 DEC Against fever and sudden death
Blaise 3 FEB Against illness of the throat and for protection of domestic animals
Catherine of Alexandria 25 NOV Against sudden death
Christopher 25 JUL Against bubonic plague and dangers while traveling
Cyriacus 8 AUG Against temptation on the death-bed
Denis 9 OCT Against headache
Erasmus 2 JUN Against intestinal ailments
Eustace 20 SEP Against family discord
George 23 APR For the health of domestic animals
Giles 1 SEP Against plague, for a good confession, and for cripples, beggars and blacksmiths
Margaret of Antioch 20 JUL During childbirth, and escape from devils
Pantaleon 27 JUL For physicians, and against cancer and tuberculosis
Vitus (Guy) 15 JUN Against epilepsy, lightning and for protection of domestic animals
A group of saints revered in early times as particularly aiding Christians.
They are: Acacius, Barbara, Blaise, Catherine of Alexandria , Christopher, Cyriacus,
Dionysius of Paris, Erasmus, Eustace, George, Margaret, Pantaleon, Vitus and Giles.
The "fourteen angels" of the lost children's prayer in Engelbert Humperdinck's fairy opera, 'Hansel and Gretel', are the Fourteen Holy Helpers. The English words are familiar:
When at night I go to sleep,
Fourteen angels watch do keep,
Two my head are guarding,
Two my feet are guiding;
Two upon my right hand,
Two upon my left hand.
Two who warmly cover
Two who o'er me hover,
Two to whom 'tis given
To guide my steps to heaven.
Patron Saint against headache
Patron Saint against fever and sudden death
Patron Saint against illness of the throat and for protection of domestic animals
Patron Saint against sudden death
Patron Saint against bubonic plague and dangers while traveling
Patron Saint against temptation on the death-bed
Patron Saint against headache
Patron Saint against intestinal ailments
Patron Saint against family discord
Patron Saint for the health of domestic animals
Patron Saint against plague, for a good confession, and for cripples, beggars and blacksmiths
Patron Saint during childbirth, and escape from devils
Patron Saint for physicians, and against cancer and tuberculosis
Patron Saint against epilepsy, lightning and for protection of domestic animals
Altar in the pilgrimage church of the Fourteen Holy Saints,
pilgrimage church Vierzehnheiligen near
Bad Staffelstein, Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany
14 Bean Soup
1 pkg Wegman's 14 Bean Soup
8 cups water (use chicken, beef, or vegetable broth for added flavor)
1 lb. smoked sausage, ground sausage (browned in pan), ham hocks or diced ham.
Our favorite is to use a leftover hambone with some meat on it.
1 lg. onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp chili powder (optional)
1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz.)
Juice from 1 lemon
Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste
NO SOAK METHOD
In a colander or sieve, rinse beans thoroughly. Sort and inspect for any unwanted debris and discard.
Drain and pour beans in a slow cooker with 8 cups of stock/water, onions, meat or hambone, garlic and chili powder.
(Not tomato or lemon juice yet!)
Stir to combine. Set slow cooker on high and cook for 5-7 hours then check to make sure beans are tender.
The soup can continue to simmer for several hours and will develop more flavor over time.
After the beans are tender, remove the hambone (leave any ham in the pot), stir in the can of diced tomatoes, our Ham Flavor packet, and the lemon juice.
Cook for additional 30 minutes then keep warm until ready to serve.
We recommend to serve with a freshly baked slice of corn bread! You can also serve over rice as well.
Please keep in mind that every time the lid is opened, your cooking time will be longer.
For even more flavor, substitute beef, chicken or vegetable stock instead of water.
You can also try 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts or 1 lb. beef roast, then shred meat before Step 5 above.
As with all dry bean recipes, it's best to wait until AFTER the beans have become tender or fully cooked before adding any acidic ingredients like tomatoes, citrus, vinegars, etc.
Remember that this is a NO SOAK recipe, but if you have already soaked the beans that's not a problem, just use 1 cup of water/stock less.
Variations on the recipe will work for almost all of Wegman's HamBeens items.
If you prefer a more "brothy" soup, add an extra cup of liquid when preparing