Recipes shared through The Call to Cook:

Chocolate Gravy: Don Washburn, director of Camp Lookout, shares his decadent “signature recipe” that taps into Southern memories for old and young alike.

From: Chocolate Gravy: Camp memories are made of this (May 19, 2020)

Oatmeal Cake: Chris Sneed of Church Street UMC shares his memory and recipe from his Great-Granny Mattison. The cake includes old-fashioned oats, butter, brown sugar, white sugar, spices, and coconut.

From: Oatmeal Cake for such a time as this (April 23, 2020)

Taco Twist Soup: The “cooking crew” at Kingston UMC said this recipe was the favorite of their monthly community meal guests. Sure enough, it’s tasty with a nice mix of veggies and protein.

From Taco Twist Soup: A colorful, easy meal in a pot (April 8, 2020)

Spiced Raisin Cake: Staying inside and limiting the grocery-store trips means relying more on what’s already in the house. Here’s a recipe for a simple raisin cake that’s good for dessert or breakfast.

From Humble but yummy: Cooking with what you’ve got (April 8, 2020)

Easy Taco Casserole: When the coronavirus pandemic hit, it became easier to toss aside other people’s ideas and instead create food attuned to needs and availability.

From: Taco casserole for when you can’t hug (March 28, 2020)

Magic Bars: Youth from Rye Cove United Methodist Church are baking yummy treats for workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From ‘Magic Bars’ for hospital workers on the front lines (March 27, 2020)

Pimento Cheese: A party featuring a soup bar and gourmet grilled cheese inspired a hunt for the right pimento cheese spread.

From Pimento Cheese: A Welcome Distraction (March 17, 2020) and Beyond the Pimento Cheese: Cooking During a Pandemic (March 23, 2020)

Lasagna: When young friends needed to gather to mourn the loss of another friend to addiction, this classic recipe from NYT Cooking was the perfect choice.

From Comfort food when you’ve lost a friend (Jan. 19, 2020)

White Chili: First prize in a chili cook-off at Keith Memorial United Methodist church didn’t go to a “traditional” recipe. Say hello to Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Crack Chicken Chili from the blog, Plain Chicken.

From A chili winner for the winter (Nov. 22, 2019)

Potato Soup: Scott Ketron, a retired pastor who now lives in North Carolina, shares a vintage recipe from his late grandmother, Ethel Ramsey of Kingsport, Tennessee.

From Potato Soup for the first chilly nights of autumn (Oct. 21, 2019)

The Gluten-Free Church: An invitation to share information led to two blog posts with some recommended recipes:
* Banana Bread from
* Pumpkin Pie Custard from
* Easy Macaroni and Cheese –

From How to show hospitality to GF guests (Sept. 13) and Gluten-free gullible (Oct. 5, 2019)

Cheesecake: Isaac López used this recipe for cheesecake (pay de queso) to earn money for a mission trip. The recipe is shared through Desde Mi Cocina by Lizzy, a YouTube video series. She’s speaking in Spanish but instructions are provided in English.

From Why is Isaac baking 112 cheesecakes? (Aug. 25, 2019)

Compassion Cooking: Our readers share favorite recipes for taking to families after the loss of a loved one. Read about Amy Jo’s Casserole, Ann’s Love Soup, and Karla’s Chicken and Stuffing Casserole. Other suggestions include a Sausage-and-Egg Casserole and yep, Funeral Beans.

From When compassion calls (Aug. 4) and Food for sad families (Aug. 16, 2019)

Potato Salad: A discussion on our blog and social media led us to create the favored potato salad for a church cookout, which turned out to be simple and Southern. Also recommended was a German Potato Salad recipe from Food Network.

From Update on the potato salad (July 15, 2019)

Cheesy Baked Ziti with Spinach: Easy recipe when you’re in a hurry or when you’re feeding vegetarians. Our recipe comes from Campbell’s Kitchen. (Marci substituted some of the jarred marinara with canned crushed tomatoes simmered with the fresh spinach on the stovetop.)

From What a connection! (July 8, 2019)

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