In the kitchen.

So much of life happens there. We celebrate the good times and mourn the sorrowful times over plates laden with food. Homework papers are returned to the classroom, randomly decorated by ketchup splatters. Friendships and romances happen over coffee and dessert. The kitchen is always the heartbeat of any home-based gathering, even when there is generous conversation space in the living room or the deck outside.

I was blessed to grow up in the kitchen, watching my Grandma, my Mom, and my aunts create tasty homemade dishes that nourished the tummy and soul. I remember seeing my Grandma boil chicken and roll out dough for chicken and dumplings, the undisputed King of Comfort Food in the American South. My mouth watered and my stomach rumbled, provoked by the smell of dumplings bubbling in the rich chicken broth. I learned that good chicken and dumplings had just the right amount of salt and pepper, and oh yes, butter. My Grandma’s chicken and dumplings became legendary in our little town. Anyone who ate Eula’s chicken and dumplings never forgot them and always longed for another bowl.

In the fast-paced, fast-food world in which we live, many people did not have the experience of growing up in the kitchen, watching and learning about food and the preparation of it from their mothers and grandmothers. About a year ago, I realized that I could help fill that gap in a few lives. Into that gap was born Tasting Grace.

Tasting Grace is an event ~ a mentoring in the kitchen event. One Saturday each month I invite a few women into my kitchen for a bit of Jesus and two hours of cooking. We begin our morning with a short devotion. Then, we move into the kitchen where I teach the ladies how to make two or three homemade dishes. They are able to be completely hands-on, making dishes themselves. Women at Tasting Grace have learned to make homemade biscuits, Eula’s chicken and dumplings, cream cheese pound cake, chicken noodle soup, cornbread, and strawberry jam. We share our lives with each other while deboning a chicken and stirring up cornbread. We share joys and heartaches. We laugh, we cry, and we pray. Once the cooking is complete, we do what all good cooks do….we taste our creations. Over the table new friendships have formed, old friendships have been renewed, and women have experienced what it means to share life in the kitchen. It is a sweet, easy rhythm of women mentoring women.

One woman shared that, as a single mom, she feels inadequate in so many areas, especially baking. After learning to make homemade biscuits, she told me she felt empowered as a mom. She left my home and made a beeline to the grocery store to buy the ingredients for biscuits. Self-rising flour, lard, and buttermilk~~whole buttermilk, not non-fat. The next thing I knew she was posting pictures on Facebook of she and her 5 little ones making homemade biscuits!!
Women baking

The husband of another Tasting Grace lady pulled me aside at church and asked when I was going to be doing another one of those ‘cooking classes’. He mumbled something about eating better than he had in many years and was adamant that his wife would attend again!

On August 1st, Tasting Grace becomes a book that offers Bible study and an event planning guide to help women host a Tasting Grace event in their home or church. There are four weeks of Bible study focusing on biblical mentoring. Recipes, devotions, and tips on hosting an event are also included in the book. I co-wrote the book with my friend, Jan Morton, who makes a chocolate cobbler that is worth dying for!! Some of the recipes that are included in the book are Eula’s Chicken and Dumplings, Jan’s Cornbread Dressing (we are Southern women…we made dressing, not stuffing), fruit cobbler, chocolate cobbler, and, oh yes, homemade biscuits.

Our hope is that Tasting Grace ~ the event and the book ~ will encourage women to look for ways to share their lives with other women. In a society where much conversation takes place over email or texting, Tasting Grace encourages the face-to-face, side-by-side interaction that women crave.

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Eula’s Chicken and Dumplings
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Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 chicken, stewed and deboned with some of the skin remaining
  2. 1 Quart or larger Chicken broth
  3. 2 cups self rising flour
  4. ¼ cup lard
  5. Buttermilk
  6. One stick REAL butter
  7. 1 TBSP salt
  8. 1 TBSP black pepper
  9. To be honest, these amounts are negotiable. Grandma did not include measurements in her recipe and so I just guess about everything. But don’t let that intimidate you. These are really easy, I promise.
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot half full of water or chicken broth. Boil the chicken for 1 hour. Pull meat off the bone and discard bones.
  2. Make very firm dumpling dough using the flour, lard, and buttermilk. Again, I can’t really tell you how much buttermilk to use to make the dough, but something close to ¾ cup. Just make a firm dough…not like soft biscuit dough. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for up to 2 hours.
  3. Bring chicken and broth to boil. Add in butter, salt and pepper. Using a slotted spoon remove half of the chicken from the pot.
  4. Knead dough a couple of times on a floured surface and roll out very, very thin using a rolling pin. I usually roll out my dough in two batches. With a knife, cut strips of dumplings. I cut mine about 1 inch wide and 2-3 inches long. Do whatever suits you. Drop dumplings into boiling pot one at a time, allowing some of the flour from the surface to go into the pot along with the dough. The flour helps the liquid thicken.
  5. Once the first batch of dough is in the pot, turn the heat down to low, cover the pot and allow to cook while you roll out and cut the second batch of dough.
  6. Turn the heat back to high and drop the second batch of dumplings in the pot. Make sure you stir gently between batches so the chicken doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  7. After the second batch of dumplings is in the pot, turn the heat to low-medium, replace the lid on the pot and allow to cook for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the dumplings sit until you are ready to eat.
  8. I usually make my chicken and dumplings up to two hours before we want to eat them. This allows the liquid to thicken up a bit. I don’t re-warm them before serving, but you could.
  9. Enjoy and know my Grandma Eula is smiling on you!
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Speaker, author, wife, mom, and lover of Jesus. Leah’s heart is to share the love and grace of Jesus with a world so desperately in need of Him. She is the author of two Bible studies, From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest: Creating a Godly Legacy and HeBrews: A Better Blend, as well as one devotion book, When Words Won’t Come. She lives in northern Georgia, and blogs at www.leahadams.org. She can be found on Facebook (Leah Adams – The Point Ministries) and Twitter (@PointMinistries).

  • Renee Ratcliffe
    http://eternityinourhearts.com

    Chocolate cobbler? Yes, please, I need to know about that! My 14 year old daughter participates in youth cooking classes which are focused on discipleship and mentoring. I have longed for that opportunity myself and I often tell her teacher that we need to start classes for adults too! I’ll share Tasting Grace with her – Looking forward to receiving the biblical wisdom and encouragement to share our lives. Thank you!

    July 29th, 2016 8:32
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    • Jan Morton
      http://granjansjoy.com

      I love that my chocolate cobbler recipe made it to our Tasting Grace book and I love this beautiful post by my awesome co-author Leah Adams! Chocolate cobbler is a very old recipe made with ingredients most likely found in your pantry! I love you comment here. Blessing to you and your daughter.
      Jan Morton

      July 29th, 2016 11:29
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Renee, I love that your heart longs for the same kind of mentoring that your daughter is receiving. Praying someone will step forward and do that in your community. Thank you for your presence with us here.

      July 29th, 2016 13:31
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  • Susan Mulder
    http://www.susanmulder.WordPress.com

    I have longed to do something like this-especially with young moms! I didn’t grow up with someone who shared in the kitchen, it was more a stay out of the way situation. When I had my own children I as determined to include them-mess and all! As a result they all love to experiment and cook but so many of their contemporaries can’t! What a great resource to offer an opportunity to build relationships AND culinary skills!!

    July 29th, 2016 9:15
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    • Jan Morton
      http://granjansjoy.com

      You are the woman Tasting Grace is all about! I love your comment! God bless you for including your children in the kitchen and all the messes. Life happens there. 🙂 Leah and I are so excited about Tasting Grace and pray it is the resource you can use for your outreach.

      Jan Morton

      July 29th, 2016 11:30
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Do it, Susan!! You will be a huge blessing..and you will get even more blessings for your heart. Tasting Grace is THE MOST FUN THING I have ever done in ministry. Thank you for your comment!

      July 29th, 2016 13:34
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  • Libby Simcic

    Leah,
    Thanks for sharing your Grandma’s recipe for Chicken and dumplings! I’ll have to try it, I love being in the kitchen and cooking. Weird since my grandmother and mother were always shoeing me out of the kitchen when I was little, guess it’s in my blood.
    I never thought of putting cooking together with a bible study. I’ve hosted lots of bible studies in my home and had women over to eat at the table, but never cooked with them and study/pray while cooking. It sort of blows my mind. We are moving in a couple of weeks and ill be blessed with a larger kitchen, so I’ll definatly have do this! And pass on my grandma Hungarian chicken paprikash recipe.
    Again, thanks for sharing Leah! You’re sparked something new in me;)

    July 29th, 2016 9:21
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      I cannot wait to hear how your Tasting Grace events go, Libby. You will find that this ministry is so much fun. Hungarian chicken paprikash…..yes, please. I would love that recipe. Sounds like major comfort food. Thank you for blessing us with your presence here.

      July 29th, 2016 13:36
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  • Carissa
    http://carissajoy.com

    Leah, thanks for sharing these thoughts! I think this must be a desire that the Lord is awakening again in many women. A woman in my home church gathering has begun inviting all the ladies to her farm every other week to do something very similar: talk about life, food, and faith, and to pray over one another. I love that you have put this into a book so that many more women can benefit from it!

    July 29th, 2016 10:14
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Carissa, that makes my heart sing to think that the Lord is awakening a desire for women to mentor women. What a blessed thought. Thank you for your kind words here.

      July 29th, 2016 13:46
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  • Pam

    I am so weak in the area of cooking. I have teenagers and a husband that appreciate when I do cook a home cooked meal so thank you for this opportunity.

    July 29th, 2016 10:52
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Pam, not everyone enjoys cooking, but I am certain you have strengths that would be a blessing to other women. The recipes we have offered in Tasting Grace are simple, nutritious, and fun to serve. We hope you will try them. Let us know how it goes. Thank you for your honesty and presence here.

      July 29th, 2016 13:48
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  • Sue Donaldson
    http://www.welcomeheart.com

    Super and wonderful and organized AND organic! I’ll spread the word. I love mentoring around the table – got a coffee coming up Tuesday w/ believers and non- with young moms and not – and i’m not sure who all’s coming but God will fill out the table. Thank you!

    July 29th, 2016 10:52
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Thank you! Thank you!You are so right…God brings those whose hearts need that loving around the table. Bless you, Sue, for doing life with other women in a way that blesses them. Praying for many wonderful conversations for you on Tuesday.

      July 29th, 2016 13:50
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  • Sue Donaldson
    http://www.welcomeheart.com

    PS just shared on my personal and group page – just created a Hospitality (for Heaven’s sake) group so they will read this as well. Welcome Heart, Welcome Home FB Group

    July 29th, 2016 10:55
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    • Jan Morton
      http://granjansjoy.com

      WOW – thank you Sue! 🙂 I can’t wait to check this out. Leah and I are so blessed. I’m thankful to be her co-author. We’ve learned so much from each other. Mentoring is a beautiful God-given joy. Thank you!
      Jan Morton

      July 29th, 2016 11:27
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  • Sophia

    What a wonderful idea of mentoring in the kitchen while building relationships, learning or teaching new skills, and eating too! Love this!

    July 29th, 2016 10:56
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Thank you, Sophia. We do, too. I hope you get a chance to pick up the book and read it. Let us know what you think!

      July 29th, 2016 13:51
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  • Katrina

    What a fabulous idea – not just recipes, but the “how to” of hospitality. Congrats on the book!

    July 29th, 2016 11:30
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Thank you, Katrina! We pray it is a blessing to many! So appreciate your kind words here.

      July 29th, 2016 13:54
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  • Melissa Baird

    This is a really beautiful idea and makes perfect sense! Thanks for sharing how Jesus is at work in your corner of the world/kitchen. It is always encouraging to hear about what He is up to!

    July 29th, 2016 12:58
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Oh Melissa, Jesus is at work! And we are so thankful to be able to participate in what He is doing. Thank you for stopping in today at Grace Table.

      July 29th, 2016 13:55
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  • Melissa Baird

    This is a really beautiful idea and makes perfect sense! Thanks for sharing how Jesus is at work in your corner of the world/kitchen. It is always encouraging to hear about what He is up to!

    July 29th, 2016 12:58
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  • Nancy H

    My daughter is currently serving in the Military. She sent me a letter, that I received today, that said, “Mom, when I get home I want you to teach me to cook. I want to learn everything, but most importantly I want to spend time with you with so I can be a good cook.”
    I would so love to win your book for Emily!

    July 29th, 2016 13:31
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Oh my Nancy, I’m at work and have tears in my eyes. How precious! How very precious. I see lots of wonderful kitchen, shoulder-to-shoulder time in the future for you and Emily. Thank you for sharing something so very personal with us. What a blessing!

      July 29th, 2016 13:57
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  • Denetta Armstead

    What an awesome idea of using the kitchen as a way for women to connect. I enjoy cooking using a recipe. I assume anyone can follow a recipe so what can I teach other women? I can provide encouragement to get in the kitchen by sharing mine. I’m looking forward to the book.

    July 29th, 2016 13:57
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Denetta, I have found that women just eat this up…even if they are good cooks. They crave time with other women. There has been so much laughter, sharing and tears at times as we loved on one another in the kitchen. Women are sometimes intimidated by a recipe…even one that only has six ingredients. Sometimes there are tips and tricks that you can share that encourage women to try a new recipe. I think you will find this ministry to be so valuable and so much fun. Thank you for stopping in!!

      July 29th, 2016 14:07
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  • Vickie

    Oh, the memories of good Southern chicken and dumplings!

    July 29th, 2016 14:07
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      My grandma was legendary in our town for her chicken and dumplings. Hope you enjoy the recipe and the book.

      July 29th, 2016 14:08
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  • Kris C
    http://kristincolangelo.com

    What a beautiful concept, and a really practical idea (and the amazing sounding recipes don’t hurt a bit, either)! The best things seem to happen around the kitchen table. Love!

    July 29th, 2016 14:31
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Thank you, Kris. You are right…some pretty wonderful things take place around the kitchen table. Thanks for being here.

      July 29th, 2016 18:38
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  • Katie

    This is a superb idea!
    Thank you for Grace Table and now Tasting Grace.
    I was so burned out with cooking the same-old-same-old a couple of years ago and then was blessed to start reading Ree Drummond’s blog which motivated me to try many new recipes. My family is happy I did!
    Gratefully,
    Katie

    July 29th, 2016 16:05
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Grace Table is a blessing, isn’t it, Katie. I’m so honored to be able to offer a guest post here. I hope you find Tasting Grace to be a blessing to you. Thank you for stopping in!

      July 29th, 2016 18:39
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  • Tonya

    Hello!

    YES! WOW! Fantastic! I Love this! So happy to see this site set up. You all are going to touch the world with love, that continues into the lives of many generations.So,today May God open up the window and pour you a blessing that over flows with milk and honey! t.

    July 31st, 2016 7:12
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Tonya, Kris and the other hosts have done a marvelous job with Grace Table. I am always so blessed when I come here, and especially blessed when I can offer a morsel at the Table. Thank you for stopping in.

      July 31st, 2016 10:46
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  • Joy Buck

    This book sounds like a fabulous ministry tool! Thank you for sharing your gift!!

    July 31st, 2016 22:56
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Joy, that is what we are hoping. Jan and I pray that many women will be moved to begin to reach out and do life in the kitchen with other women. Thank you for your comment. You bless us.

      August 1st, 2016 4:22
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  • Trudy Samsill
    http://talkingteacups.com/

    Oh my heavens!! I am so excited about this book! I am a mentor (and starting a young women’s life group in September called “At the Table” that will implement so many of these same principles. I did have an “older woman” mentor me as a young mommy and I see the great need in today’s generation and I MUST extend an dough-covered hand and a pulled-out chair to these precious souls!! Thank you Leah and Jan for all you do to help mentors and their mentees succeed at doing life together! Love you both (though we have never met!)

    I encourage mentoring and food/coffee/tea on my website at talkingteacups.com so I am thrilled to keep virtually running into other like-minded souls!!

    August 1st, 2016 9:51
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Trudy, I love that you are extending ‘a dough-covered hand’. That is wonderful. I love that you are starting a new life group. I will be eager to hear all about that because I know you will be a blessing to those women. Thank you for visiting with us here.

      August 1st, 2016 20:40
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  • Amy J.

    I love this! I’ve been praying for some way to connect with other women. It also ties in with my church’s prayer challenge to #bethechurch #withoutwalls I’m also thinking it could be something my teenage daughter could do. She’s been wanting to lead a bible study with her friends.

    August 1st, 2016 12:17
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Amy, YES!!! This would be a great way to be the church for women and for teens. I have teens coming to my Tasting Grace cooking sessions and they LOVE IT. Go for it…and let us know all about it. Thank you for your presence here.

      August 1st, 2016 20:42
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  • Tammy M.

    Sounds like a wonderful idea for a study!

    August 4th, 2016 13:25
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Tammy, I hope you will pick up a copy and let me know how you like it! Thank you for stopping in. You bless me.

      August 5th, 2016 20:01
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  • Michele Morin
    http://michelemorin.wordpress.com

    Leah, so excited for you! What an opportunity this book is going to give you to help in advancing the kingdom of God!

    October 5th, 2016 8:00
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Thank you, Michele. We are pretty excited about Tasting Grace!

      October 6th, 2016 4:25
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  • Christine Malkemes
    http://www.christinemalkemes.com

    Thanks for the invite. I think I subscribed twice. I would like to order the book and start something like this in my church.

    October 5th, 2016 9:45
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Oh do it, Chris! You would love this ministry, I think. It is the most fun thing I have ever done in ministry.

      October 6th, 2016 4:26
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  • Jerralea
    http://jerralea.blogspot.com

    Such a beautiful, needful, ministry! Thanks for sharing it with us, Leah!

    October 5th, 2016 10:06
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      My pleasure, Jerralea. Thank you for stopping in.

      October 6th, 2016 4:26
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  • Gena Hood
    http://resplendentdaughter.blogspot.com

    Leah, I am so excited about doing a Tasting Grace bible study, in the near future! Thank you so much for this very timely area of ministry. In this day and age, I can see a tremendous need.

    October 5th, 2016 21:02
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      Gena, women absolutely eat this ministry up! We are starved for fellowship and connection and relationship. I hope you have an opportunity to try a Tasting Grace ministry in your town. Thank you for stopping in.

      October 6th, 2016 4:28
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  • Lora Lovin Osburn
    http://bythelamplight.blogspot.com

    Oh, I am so agreeing with your first paragraph – yes!!! I will never forget the first time The Salesman’s grandmother showed me how to fry buttermilk chicken. Or the time I saw her quickly and efficiently chop and entire onion in her hand. She cooked for herself well into her 90’s and I will always think of her when I make her apple cake. And I am over-the-top excited for you and Jan and this new study! I got my beautiful, autographed book and am excited about sharing it with our women’s ministry and have a class sign up now. I like your suggestion of once a month on a Saturday…I may need to consider that option. May the favor of the LORD abound on this venture! Blessings, sister!

    October 6th, 2016 20:31
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    • Leah Adams
      http://www.leahadams.org

      What amazing memories you share, Lora! Thank you. I’m excited for you to host a Tasting Grace event. They are so much fun. Please let us know how it goes.

      October 7th, 2016 4:45
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