'225 Years of Tradition': First United Methodist Church publishes cookbook

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 17, 2008

As part of its 225th anniversary celebration, Salisbury’s First United Methodist Church recently published a cookbook called “225 Years of Tradition: Breaking Bread Together.”
The cookbook contains more than 650 recipes contributed by church members and friends.
The sturdy, three-ring binder format guarantees a long-lasting volume and offers cooks the ability to conveniently remove and replace pages.
The idea for the cookbook was born when Samantha Wesley, Brenda Loflin, Jean West and Donna Smith were at a “girls only” weekend beach trip last October. As they sat outside on the deck discussing the church’s 225th celebration, someone mentioned putting together a cookbook.
After the decision was made to compile a cookbook, the church formed a committee, which collected, edited, typed and proofread the recipes submitted.
Recipes run the gamut from the decadent (Sour Cream Pound Cake) to the yummy but healthful (Barley Salad).
Holiday offerings include Southern Sausage Pecan Stuffing and Holiday Brunch Cranberry Pie. You can also find such classic Southern recipes as cheese grits and persimmon pudding.
What church cookbook would be complete without great covered dish recipes? This one includes plenty, including three different recipes for chicken and wild rice casserole.
The volume also includes some vintage recipes from the “Sweets and Meats” Methodist cookbook dated 1925.
Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a longtime church member, submitted several family recipes, including her mother’s Hot Chicken Salad Casserole and her own Pecan Roll Cookies.
Some recipes include personal notes, such as Barbara Saleeby’s Tabbouleh, which she notes was prepared by her husband’s “sittee,” or grandmother.
The cookbooks are $20 and available at the church office, 217 S. Church St.
For more information, please call the church office at 704-636-3121.