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When it gets cold outside and family is gathering, comfort food, much more than sugarplums, dances in my head. The problem is that I don't spend much time thinking about recipes and food; instead, I need someone to guide me. It is like a liturgy for worship. I don't need to invent new ones; I just want to go through the old moves and feel the presence of God. So, my forgiving and sweet family knows that when the cold wind blows, and they are predicting snow in Nashville that has a 90% chance of not falling, I will pull out these old recipes. I thought I would share two recipes in the spirit that I would welcome any new suggestions.

Veggie Chili Pie

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb. of vegetarian ground meat (You can use real meat.)
1 can of corn
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of diced tomatoes,
1 package of chili spices
1 onion
2 packages of corn bread mix

DIRECTIONS:
Put all the ingredients (except for the corn bread mix) in a pan for about thirty minutes on medium heat. At the same time mix the corn bread mix in a separate bowl. Then pour the chili in the bottom of a deep cooking pan and gently spread the cornbread mix over it.
Put it in the oven for about an hour at 350 degrees. It is so good.

Grandma's Orange Cake

This recipe was supposed to guarantee me a win at St. Augustine's potluck, but I don’t think I was judged fairly, because I didn't even get an honorable mention. Part of me wonders whether the judge, Kay West, really knows how to judge a potluck.

INGREDIENTS:
Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1 stick of butter
½ orange
3/4 cup of warm water
1 package lemon pudding mix.

Icing
1 cup of powdered sugar
½ orange
a tiny bit of milk

DIRECTIONS:
Cake
Squeeze the orange ½ and mix the juice with the other cake ingredients. Cook at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Icing
Squeeze the orange ½ and mix the juice with the other icing ingredients. Poke some holes in the top of the cake and pour the icing over it slowly. Yumm.