Inviting people I love to the table
There are 2 kinds of people – those who eat to live and those who live to eat. I don’t remember when I moved from the first to the latter, but I always enjoy food, especially when someone took the time to plan, cook and serve the food. Cooking for me is inviting people I love to the table. The table is where we disconnect from our cell phones and our to-do -lists to be present, slow down, and share our lives with each other.
Cooking for me is taking ordinary, simple ingredients like onions, seasonings, olive oil and creating delicious food that will excite and surprise. Food doesn’t have to be elaborate, just cooked with love, creativity and flavor. Food should remind us of our shared lived in Christ, inviting us to the abundant life God offers at His table.
I had the opportunity to cook for the Metro Staff at their retreat last week. The Table here was in the Poconos Mountains as the Staff was spending a few days to renew and refresh their souls and bodies. We gathered as family and friends over times of Solitude & Silence, team building exercises, breakfasts, lunch, dinners and late-night snacks to learn, listen, pray, share, play, eat, and laugh, savoring every moment.
We are sharing 3 recipes with you that we ate at the Retreat. Enjoy them around a table with people you love. Remember to gather around the table often and savor each bite, each moment.