Ode to church cookbooks

Oh, how I love those sacred recipes from covered-dish dinners and bake sales of lore, where many are gathered with plastic comb binders and the culinary saints whose names are preserved on the pages will be blessed from tabletops for generations to come. Just kidding, sort of. I have loved cookbooks since my 20s, when... 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 →

Chattanooga street buffet

I’m sitting on the sidelines of a meeting at St. Elmo United Methodist Church, talking to a church member. I should be paying closer attention to the meeting, but this guy is fascinating.   Mike Rice is telling me how he put out this beautiful spread of refreshments for what could have been an ordinary... Continue Reading →

Farmhouse missions dinner – wow!

These photos are so beautiful, they remind me of a glossy food magazine. Concord United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, took advantage of some resources in their congregation to create a Farmhouse Supper Mission Fundraiser on July 20. The house belongs to Jodi and Terry Savage, members at Concord who built a new home that... Continue Reading →

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