Civilization began with a cookie: the ability to crush grain, cook it on a hot stone and sweeten it with a little honey marked the beginning of the creative culinary spirit. It was this ability to utilize and store vegetable energy that helped humans dominate cows, pigs, and other less creative life forms.
Me, Ive always liked cookies. They seem like the perfect way to end a meal: crunchy, sweet, and you dont have to stay hunched over the table to eat them. You can lean back, relax, and munch on a dessert that goes equally well with coffee or a sweet wine (at a poker game a while back, a friend introduced VI and me to the pleasure of Pecan Sandies and Chivas Regal: its actually a very complementary combo).
This is all by way of saying that this Saturday, December 6th, the traditional Oak Park Cookie Walk takes place at Pilgrim Church in Oak Park (site of the Farmers Market in the summer). Heres how it works: Its about $10.00 for a 4X6 inch bakery box. You put as many cookies in the box (or boxes) as will fit as long as you can close the lid, youre good to go.
Weve been going for the past 8 years or so, and have never been disappointed: there is a magnificent variety of bars, squares, twists, crispy ones and squishy ones, buns, and a few things that Im not sure even qualify as cookies but which are always consistently excellent. People from the community contribute, and its like everyone makes their grandmas very best. There is really nothing better than a cookie at holiday time, and for what you get here, the price is way right.
This is a non-denominational event; its designed to support the in-house childcare center, so you can attend with a clear conscience even if, like me, you have a hard time accepting the Churchs brutal suppression of the Mother Goddess and betrayal of the Knights Templar.
Pilgrim Congregational Church Cookie Walk December 6th, from 9:00 until 11:00 AM (get there at 9:00, or a little before, if you want first-pick of many, many good things). The link below contains a map and directions.
460 Lake St.
Oak Park, Illinois 60302