(Posted Sept 19, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Looking to make something good to eat? Look no further than “Food for the Soul,” a new cookbook created by the women of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lilly Chapel.
The 200-page cookbook contains recipes for everything from soups and salads to main dishes and desserts. Among the many gems are: “Scalloped Chicken,” the signature dish of church dinners past; “Fitzgerald Birthday Cake,” a banana cream cake that’s a family favorite; and all sorts of punch possibilities, including “Pink Punch” and “Red Satin Punch.”
The recipes come from a combination of sources, and that’s what makes the cookbook special. In addition to soliciting recipes from current church members and their families, organizers took a trip down memory lane.
“At one time, there used to be three separate churches–one in Big Plain, one in Georgesville, and one in Lilly Chapel. The pastor would rotate among the churches,” said Kathy Conner, a member of the Trinity United Methodist Women. “The ladies in each of the churches made cookbooks, then after all the churches came together as one at Lilly Chapel, they made another cookbook. We thought it would be nice to pick some of the recipes from the older cookbooks to include in our new one.”
Then, they decided to take things a step further. Tim Wilson of Wilson Printing & Graphics, the London company that published the new cookbook, suggested the organizers include a memorial section featuring the recipes and photos of church members who have passed on.
“It is such a wonderful tribute to these people. It just makes the cookbook rather special,” Conner said.
The cookbook also includes a history and photos of the church, cooking tips, a weights and measures list, household tips and an index. The recipe sections include appetizers and beverages, breads and rolls, cookies and candies, desserts, main dishes, relishes and jellies and miscellaneous, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes.
Conner said the project was a group effort by the women of the church. She made special mention of church organist Mary Lynn Carothers and her daughter, Kara Elsberry, who worked behind the scenes to pull everything together.
“It’s been a blessing. People are enjoying it. Families are looking back at recipes and pictures of their loved ones. It’s just really special, I think,” Conner said.
“Food for the Soul” is available for purchase. The cost is $20. Anyone interested in buying a copy can contact church member Candy Fitzgerald at (614) 512-6817. Proceeds go toward the church kitchen.
Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 8530 Lilly Chapel Georgesville Rd., London (Lilly Chapel). Timothy Rash Jr. serves as the pastor.