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Countdown to Christmas, Part Three

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My brother, Jim Conforti, and his wife, Donna, of Sound Beach, New York, know that I love to bake, eat and write about cookies, so they sent me several photos of their church’s December 3 Cookie Walk. A part of Port Jefferson’s First United Methodist Church’s annual Christmas Fair for the past 19 years, this year’s Cookie Walk earned the church more than $1600 for the 230 pounds of homemade Christmas cookies baked by church members and youth. With the Cookie Walk open to church members, as well as the public, cookie lovers came early to make their cookie selections, which were then piled high into white bakery boxes and sold for just seven dollars a pound, regardless of the cookie chosen. “Folks look forward to the church’s Cookie Walk all year long and a line forms outside the church’s doors well before the sale begins on Cookie Walk morning,” says long-time event chairwoman, Rollin Haffer.  Continued Haffer, “In today’s hectic, difficult economic times, people really enjoy our church’s old-fashioned warmth and the good, fuzzy feeling they get by being here.” Besides the old-fashioned appeal of homemade Christmas cookies, other old-fashioned desserts, such as those made with gingerbread, or cakes made with fruit and soaked in some kind of spirits, do much for the Christmas dessert table, too.  You’ll find a few of those recipes here. For further information about historic First United Methodist Church, which has been in existence since the mid 1800’s, visit the church’s website at www. firstumcportjefferson.com.  Should you be filled with the Christmas cookie spirit and wish to make a donation to this small, hard-working church, donations may be made through the church’s pastor,  Reverend David Manz, First United Methodist Church, 603 Main Street, Port Jefferson, New York 11777.

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Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at kitchenade@yahoo.com.

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