Laura Jean was asked to chair the new cookbook committee for her church in Prattville, and she’s beyond thrilled. She took the words out of my mouth when she said, “I thought with the availability of recipes on the internet these days, we’d never see another church cookbook again.” Everyone in the South knows the best recipes come from church cookbooks. The Junior League comes close, but with the church books, you also get a little dose of morality thrown in with the salt and pepper.
My mother once submitted a recipe to our church cookbook for, “Watergate Cake” and the ladies on the dessert committee called to ask if it was okay for them to change the name to, “Pistachio Pudding Cake” because Watergate was such a, “terrible time in our history.” No matter that the cake was named after the hotel restaurant’s featured dessert, not the unfortunate political incident.
The biggest scandal to ever hit Magnolia Grove Baptist Church was when the scandalous recipe for, “Saucy Cocktail Balls” showed up. The committee couldn’t decide which was worse. “Saucy,” “Cocktail,” or “Balls,” and the rumor is, they finally threw their hands up in disgust and included it. After all, it was the pastor’s wife who submitted the recipe in the first place (but they drew the line at, “Polynesian Breasts”).
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