Food and Faith at FBC

Food for the soul…

VBS 2013!

ingo8835 : July 26, 2013 5:30 pm : Food and Faith

What a great week of VBS fun with a wonderful group of kids, youth and parent volunteers! We heard from missionaries each day. I created snacks that were from the area the missionary talked about.

Mandazi from Kenya

Paletas de Limon from Honduras

Candy Sushi from Japan (I added an American twist here!!)

I have posted the recipes for you to make at home together!


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Candy Sushi

ingo8835 : July 26, 2013 5:14 pm : Food and Faith



– 1 tbsp butter

– 12 regular marshmallows

– 2 cups puffed rice cereal (Kellog’s Rice Krispies or similar)

– Fruit Roll Ups

– Colored Twizzlers

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir marshmallows until completely melted.

Remove mixture from heat and add cereal. Stir to coat cereal evenly in melted marshmallows. Spread rice cereal mixture onto lightly greased pan (very light spray, just enough to make it easier for you to manipulate the mixture).  Consider using a rolling pin if you feel the need to yell not-so-nice words at this point!

For roll: place twizzlers or other flexible candy at the edge of the rice cereal mixture.  Wrap and roll, to a sushi roll shape.

Then wrap each roll with pieces of fruit roll up, resembling seaweed wrap.

Wet a knife with warm/hot water and slice the log into pieces.

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Mandazi ~ Kenyan Doughnut

ingo8835 : July 26, 2013 5:11 pm : Food and Faith

Mandazi (Kenyan Doughnut)

Mandazi (also known as Maandazi or Ndao and sometimes called Mahamri or Mamri) are East African donuts. You can find these delicious donuts in large urban areas and also among the Swahili people of East Africa. Most small restaurants, called hotelis in Kenya, serve mandazi. You can also find mandazi being sold by street vendors.

Mandazi’s make a great snack or a light breakfast with a cup of sweet chai or coffee.



1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

2 cups white flour

2 tsp. baking powder


Bring all ingredients to room temperature before mixing them together. Mix all the ingredients together, adding more flour if necessary. The dough should be soft, but not sticky. Divide into several balls (4). Roll each ball of dough on a lightly floured board until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into triangles (4) and fry in hot oil. Fry until both sides are golden brown. Remove mandazi from oil and drain on paper towels or newspaper. Mandazi are best served warm.




* Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the hot mandazi.

* Put some white sugar into a bag, add a couple mandazi, and shake the bag to cover the mandazi with sugar.

* Add about a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger, all-spice, or cardamom to the dough or a combination of these spices to total a 1/2 teaspoon.

* Use a circular donut cutter to make mandazi in the shape of traditional donuts.


Healthy Substitutions and Variations:


* Use 1/2 white flour and 1/2 wheat flour to make a healthier mandazi.

* Try baking these in the oven at 350 degrees to reduce the amount of fat.


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Paletas de Limón (Lime Popsicles)

ingo8835 : July 26, 2013 5:10 pm : Food and Faith

Makes 6-8 paletas

A creamy sweet blend of sweetened condensed milk, cream and milk gives a silky rich texture to the pops while a hefty dose of fresh lime juice and zest make them mouth-puckeringly perfect.

1 15-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup fresh lime juice


2 tablespoons sugar


1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest


1 teaspoon cornstarch


Place all the ingredient in a blender. Blend until well combined.

Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups. If using cups, you’ll need to insert wooden popsicle sticks. Freeze for about 5 hours, or until firm.


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Kudos to Wanda Newton!! and Mac and Cheese Recipe

ingo8835 : June 26, 2013 6:18 pm : Food and Faith

Wanda graciously went as a parent volunteer with the middle schoolers to Charlotte and cooked Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner for 35 -50 youth as well as chaperoned and drove to many of their events! Give her an extra hug the next time you see her!!

Below is my recipe for Mac and Cheese that Wanda prepared for dinner one night for the youth in Charlotte. Several of you have requested it. High Schoolers will be enjoying this same recipe at Kure Beach where Myra Brickell will offer her volunteer services as head Chef!


Mac and Cheese!

Yield: 8 servings
Ritz Cracker Topping:
2 Tbs unsalted butter – melted
50 Ritz Crackers
Pulse in a food processor with the butter to coarse crumbs.Pasta & Cheese Sauce:
 1 Tbs salt
1 pound pasta
6 Tbs unsalted butter
1 medium garlic clove – minced
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
6 Tbs all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 1/2 cups milk
1 pound colby jack cheese – shredded (about 4 cups in 1 pound)
8 oz extra-sharp cheddar – shredded (about 2 cups in 8 ounces)
ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Bring water to a boil in a large dutch oven set over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and the pasta, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Drain the pasta and leave in the colander.

Wipe the pot dry, and add the butter, and set it over medium heat until melted. Stir in the garlic, mustard, and cayenne, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until golden, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk, and bring to a simmer. Whisking often, cook until large bubbles form on the surface and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cheeses until completely melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Stir the drained pasta into the cheese sauce, breaking up any clumps, until well combined. Pour into a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish and sprinkle with crumb topping.

To store and serve later: Wrap the dish tightly with foil, and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Remove the foil and continue to cook until the crumbs are crisp, 15-20 minutes.


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The Lost Art of Family Dining ~ Highlights from my recent class on Families Cooking Together

ingo8835 : June 20, 2013 6:09 pm : Food and Faith

Why is the family table/dinner important? ( Answers Below!!)

  • Dinner spreads love!
  • It is a time to share and impart family values: devotions, share a happy moment or challenging part to your day
  • Children who have regular dinners together with their parents do better in almost all areas of their lives! ~ Mentally, Physically  and Spiritually
  • Meals are as essential for nurturing as they are for nutrition, (Quote from a Therapist)
  • Healthy lessons are learned at the table: Portion control, healthy choices, trying new foods, developing your palate
  • At the family table you connect, relate, eat, talk, laugh, and share experiences
  • Taking time to share dinner together says: “You are important to me!”
  • Sharing food is a recurring theme in the Bible
  • Hospitality is a crucial part of Jesus’ ministry.
  • Gathering for food around the table is part of our Christian tradition
  • It is a place where we learn gratitude
  • Eating at home is healthier and cheaper!

How to make it work?

  • Start a ritual, themes…
  • Treat dinnertime like an event!
  • Family Dinner requires planning, perseverance, organization and intent!
  • The key ingredient is Desire! Sit together to eat, talk, connect as a family
  • Doesn’t have to be home cooked
  • Doesn’t have to be dinner
  • The most important thing is that you make it a priority. It is an intentional decision. Perfection is not the goal!
  • Get the kids involved! Everyone helps! Plan weekly menus together

Ten Simple Steps to successful Family Dining

  1. Set a regular time
  2. Everyone comes to the table at the same time
  3. No phones or other electronics
  4. One meal, no substitutions
  5. Everyone tries everything. It shows respect!
  6. No TV
  7. Water and milk only (get rid of the sugary drinks!)
  8. Family and Friends are welcome
  9. Everyone excused together
  10. Everyone helps clean up!

What is your favorite family meal memory? (Ask your family at the dinner table!)

One child shared the following:

” I love how we share one good event of our day, one not so good event, one mistake we made, and where we saw God at work.”



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First Foundations Newsletter – Letter to FBC Members

ingo8835 : June 18, 2013 5:36 pm : Food and Faith

It is with great joy and excitement that I join the FBC family as your Food Service Director. I am truly fortunate to be able to have a vocation that allows me to couple my passion with a ministry. Sharing food together is a way to welcome and connect with others. The church is a place where people come for refreshment and nourishment – both spiritual and physical. I want to help you celebrate the Lord’s gift of food. He offers it not merely as sustenance but for blessing, pleasure, and refreshment.

As evidenced in the New Testament, Jesus thought that celebrations were important. He performed His first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. God intends for us to celebrate and enjoy His bounty! ~ We are invited and called to celebrate the bountiful gift of God’s daily nourishment every day!

Please do not hesitate to share with me your desires as they pertain to food service at FBC. I am here to serve you and to provide for you healthy and tasty food that nourishes you physically and spiritually! I want to hear from you and welcome your thoughts and ideas!!! One of my goals will be to recruit and coordinate church members who are willing, on a volunteer basis, to help out on Wednesday afternoons and/or evenings and at other churchwide fellowship activities. Help will involve low key food prep (I can teach you!), setting the tables, drink preparation, buffet line service, and minimal cleanup. This will allow me to focus on preparing from scratch, healthy meals. If you are interested in assisting me in this ministry, I’d love to hear from you!

I have many visions and ideas that I look forward to sharing with you and hope that some of you will join with me in making them happen.

I plan to post weekly articles and recipes on my website under the tab Food and Faith at FBC. Once Centerpoint meals resume, I will also post the weekly menus there. You can subscribe to my website on the homepage.

I look forward to seeing you around the table!

Serving God through hospitality,


He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks. ~ Romans 14:6 ~

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Family Cooking Night

ingo8835 : June 18, 2013 5:33 pm : Food and Faith

This Wednesday from 5:00pm-6:30pm , I will be leading families in a time of cooking together! We will also discuss  the importance of family dining and look at practical ways we can make this more a reality in our busy peripatetic lives. Join us as we celebrate the gift of family and food together!




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First Baptist Church

ingo8835 : May 28, 2013 5:00 pm : Food and Faith



I am so excited to be starting a new phase in my life! I will be cooking for the people of First Baptist Church in downtown Raleigh starting June 1!

So many wonderful possibilities await as I enlighten  upon a time where I can combine my passion and faith. What a great gift I have been given!!

My first “event” will be a graduation brunch for 150 on June 2.

Egg Strata

Heavenly Cheese Grits

Maple Glazed Bacon

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Homemade Granola


Fresh Fruit Skewers with Honey Mint Sauce

Coffee, Milk, and Juice






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Eating with Jesus…

ingo8835 : April 21, 2013 10:26 am : Food and Faith

In the Gospel of John there are many stories of Jesus teaching his disciples. I bet there were tons of questions and comments from them as they struggled to understand what Jesus was teaching. They spent lots of time eating together. In the presence of Jesus among those who loved him most and doing one of the most common things in the world (eating), the kingdom of God was revealed.



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