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Msgr. Tressler, St. Ignatius-Holy Family

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PASTOR CHEF: Msgr. David Tressler with niece Julia Morgan

PREPARING: Lemon Lush and Peanut Butter Pie

Thank you for visiting the Rectory, Set, Cook! II: Turning Up The Heat page of Msgr. David Tressler and his niece Julia. We won’t tell you which one is head chef and which one is sous chef/apprentice, but here’s a clue: The person in charge of this operation was not wearing black. And the apprentice does not do much cooking. But having spent a bulk of his career leading the Catholic School System for the Diocese of Scranton, he does believe in a lot of learning. Which is why Msgr. Tressler agreed to return for year two of Rectory, Set, Cook!: Turning Up The Heat after finishing near the top of the pack with his niece last year, when they turned out a scrumptious pineapple upside down cake that has always been a family favorite.

Monsignor Tressler and Julia decided to take the sweet route again this year but this time double their fun in their quest for votes. A big peanut butter fan – and, in fact, a Peter Pan loyalist – Monsignor rang in the new year by learning to make a peanut butter pie as well as a lemon lush.

For the peanut butter pie, they used a recipe with a story – one that’s been in the family for years. Back when he was quite young, Julia’s father and Monsignor’s brother-in-law answered a sports trivia question on the Ron Allen Show on WARM Radio and won a cookbook. The cookbook contained the recipe for peanut butter pie, Julia’s dad made it, and it’s been another family dessert favorite since. Monsignor somehow even allowed the use of Jif peanut butter instead of his beloved Peter Pan. We believe the results were equally good.

The recipe for the lemon lush came from family friend Lisa Abel. It’s a quick-and-easy lemon lush, and we promise you the Cool Whip even tastes like fresh homemade whipped cream after it gets put through its paces.

Please consider supporting Msgr. Tressler and his talented niece with a vote (or a few) over the next six weeks. St. Ignatius and Holy Family parishes will benefit from your voting dollars, and so will Catholic Social Services’ anti-hunger efforts: food kitchens, food pantries and other hunger outreach efforts.

Please also consider purchasing a Rectory, Set, Cook! cookbook. Proceeds of the cookbook sale will do a little more to help us fight the good fight against hunger in Northeastern and Northcentral Pennsylvania.

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