On pie and a pathway to healing

Tonight is the first time in a few years that Susan felt like doing a quintessentially autumnal ordinary meal photo, as she likes to say. Sometimes Susan and I think the ordinary things that used to seem fun and heartwarming will never hold any charm or interest again, with the losses we have undergone as... Continue Reading →

Making apple butter on Boozy Creek Road

Out on Boozy Creek Road in Blountville, Tennessee, something big happens every fall at Salem United Methodist Church. For the last 40 years, the church has made apple butter. But not just some apple butter. This year, Salem members sliced and cooked 200 bushels of Double Red Rome apples to make 450 gallons of the... Continue Reading →

Gluten-free gullible

In retrospect, the blog post I wrote last month about being sensitive and hospitable to gluten-free guests seems incredibly naïve. We had some great responses to our request for gluten-free recipes and tips for church dinners, which I will share here shortly. However, I learned it’s not always practical or realistic to expect to cook... Continue Reading →

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