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Surrounded by "soul" food

It didn’t take me long to figure out that I would get my fill of food covering the religion beat.

I’m always surrounded by food and interesting cuisine. I can still remember my first Passover Seder, a meal in which the food helps tell the Exodus story (thank you again, Ann Dee Lee!). Then there was the Indian cuisine at the opening of the Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma’s new house of worship, baklava and other tempting treats at St. George Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek Festival, snow cones and hot dogs at various church festivals and block parties, blackberry jam made by an enterprising monk at St. Gregory’s Abbey, King Cake baked to raise funds for Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church missions, Iftar dinners to break the Ramadan fast with area Muslims, hamanstachen pastries during the Jewish festival of Purim … the list of how food and faith are often interwoven is endless.

Into this mix comes the delicious peppernuts baked by members of Memorial Road Mennonite Brethren Church in the metro. I attended one of the congregation’s Peppernut Bake events and of course I had to sample what I was reading about.

Sandy Crawford (pictured at right with me), the church’s outreach coordinator, offered them to me, unsolicited, in a Dixie cup.

The cookies, no bigger than a thumbnail, taste like a cross between a gingersnap and a butter cookie. Crawford said her church uses cinnamon and pepper in the recipe and some other churches use spices like anise in theirs.

They cookies are crispy, and, quite frankly, addictive. I could easily see why the peppernuts from this local Mennonite Brethren Church are popular at the annual Oklahoma Mennonite Sale where they will be sold for $8 per quart.

The sale is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8, at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid.

The cookies weren’t the only things that drew my attention while I visited Memorial Road Mennonite Brethren Church.

Church members also displayed several quilts and other items they are donating to the upcoming sale. One of those items was a large wood chest hand crafted by Bill Mast. He said he used seven different native woods to create the chest, pictured here.

Read more about the church’s “Peppernut Parade” in Monday’s Oklahohoman and, of course, here on NewsOK.com.

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

 

 

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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