Walpole Unitarian Church launches new cookbook & recipe sampling

Experience recipes from all walks of life. Stock photo.

WALPOLE, N.H. – Join members and friends of the Walpole Unitarian Church Friday, Nov. 17, for a reception and menu sampling of recipes from the new cookbook. The event will be held at Hastings Parish House on Union Street from 6 to 8 p.m.

This launch of “The Walpole Unitarian Church Cookbook: Food for Thought,” celebrates “feeding each other in a hungry world” both on a physical and spiritual level. Your admission price will include a copy of the cookbook as well as the delicious buffet of foods created from recipes in the book.

This is a collection of favorite recipes, ethnic family recipes, old and new recipes, some with a modern twist, some old standbys, some secrets, and many with a story attached. Simple or complicated, what they all have in common is that they are threads in the fabric of someone’s life, and thus, our Congregation and the larger community on both sides of the river that runs through it.

You will find a “jazzy” blueprint for making any kind of soup, appetizers that will entice your guests, some vintage offerings, and lots of ideas for chicken and vegetarian meals, with influences from around the globe. There are quick weeknight dishes like Rev. Elaine’s Chili Rice Casserole, and slow food delights such as Three Friends’ Sourdough Bread. We have recipes from those no longer with us, and from those of the next generations who will take our place. We even have a 50-year-old recipe for baked beans from a 100-year-old man in the village! It includes gluten-free recipes such as a Mediterranean flatbread “socca,” and lactose-free offerings as well, like Hanna’s Cornbread Casserole and dark chocolate birthday cupcakes. Our food and bake sales are popular in the community, and we’ve included recipes for some of the area’s favorites. Additionally, we have a few of our cookie bake-off award winners!

We spent a year of our Family First Sundays preparing dishes to offer each other from what would become the categories of this cookbook. We shared the dish and the recipe, and created a whole new set of special food memories in the process! We used locally produced food where possible, and focused on dishes that are easy to share with others.

That’s what it’s all about! Sharing the food and memories. May your moments be filled with laughter and friendship, and lots of wonderful meals!

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call Dorothy Read at 802-463-9333, or Virginia Carter at 603-756-3948.

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