It is no secret that I adore food.
I love dinner parties and planning menus. I relish in perfectly pairing food with wine.
I am what you might call a foodie. Some don’t like that term. Some think it’s snobby.
I think Jesus was onto something when he started talking about the “bread of life” and “the fruit of the vine” so much so that I invite you to pull up a chair and cook with me. Let’s see what those mustard seeds and unleavened bread can really do. Of course, you know, this isn’t really a food blog but a play on words because my name is Elsa Cook.
I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who fell in love with a artillery man in the US Army who loves food and wine as much as I do. (It’s actually my beloved who does most of the wine pairing at our dinner parties.) We got married in June of 2016 and now have two little girls that occupy most of my time.
We have moved five times since we decided to shape a future together. Most recently, the United States Army sent us all the way to Ulm, Germany. Moving that much has meant that serving a local congregation is just not possible. We aren’t in one place long enough and I never imagined that moving overseas would allow for more opportunities in ministry beyond writing pandemic prayers for weary Christian pastors.
God is always doing a new thing and so I’m humbled to now serve as one of the Coordinating Editors of Season of the Spirit FUSION and serve as the Missionary Minister of Arts and Nurture to Old First United Church of Christ in Philadelphia, PA.
Life has been full of wonderful surprises and I’m excited to see what wonders we can cook up together.
Roll up your sleeves and cook with me.