Creativity in the Kitchen

There are many ways to be creative, and our Christ and Creativity column celebrates them all. We are about to enter a season that is one of the busiest for clergy, and sometimes the unspoken expectations are high–that in addition to our ministry duties, that we dive right in to the orgy of baking, crafts and Christmas cards that can sometimes seem over the top. At the same time, many of us enjoy those activities and find them life-giving–a moment of respite in a busy schedule. So what’s a YCW to do?

We want to hear about the ways you make Advent and Christmas special. What are the recipes, the traditions, the crafts that make this season life-giving for you? Whether it’s ordering pizza with the family after a busy day, or making your grandmother’s treasured cookie recipe, share your thoughts with us–we’ll put them together for our December column.

More details after the jump, as well as a yummy photo from Elsa Peters to inspire you.

Send the following to creativity(dot)ycw(at)gmail(dot)com:

1. Your idea, tradition, recipe, etc.

2. A photo of the dish, craft, etc. (optional)

3. A short bio

That’s it! Let us hear from you by December 15.

YCW and Elsa Peters shares this reflection to get us started:


I’m sending you a picture of dinner last night — featuring the Brussels sprouts that I picked up from the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. They were sauteed with garlic, olive oil and pine nuts to be tossed with spaghetti and a little parmesan (or a lot of parmesan as the case may be).

In the background, you can see the wine that I drank while I cooked. (I still hate that people don’t think clergy drink.) I also included the stack of cookbooks that have become like best friends. Cooking locally has become my favorite way of being a disciple. It’s taught me more than I ever would have thought and continues to surprise me with new wonders and tastes.


A blessed Advent to you all, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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