With Thanksgiving behind us, its time to prepare for the next Great Festival of Food. Im referring, of course, to Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and après Ramadan gluttonizing.
And what would all this religious celebrating be without the cookie?
Every year, Pilgrim Church in Oak Park (site of the Farmers Market, in warmer months) holds a benefit that just may be the best cookie sale ever. The sale is in the church basement, and its intended to generate income for their non-denominational childcare center. Heres what its like: You grab a box (I think its about a 4X6X6 inch bakery box) you pay about $10.00 for the box. Then you put as many cookies in the box as will fit as long as you can close the lid, youre home free.
About the cookies: fabulous. Maybe 70-80 varieties of top-notch, home-made, frequently very imaginative baked goods, contributed by the local townsfolk for the maintenance of the childcare center. We usually come home with three boxes and maybe 40-50 varieties; suitable for at-home events and guaranteed to please any one whose home youre invading for the holidays.
Note: I am a pagan. I have no interest (aside from antiquarian) in organized religion, or even organized childcare for that matter, but this is just one fine event that I cannot recommend highly enough. Good stuff; good value.
Pilgrim Congregational Church Cookie Sale December 7th, from 9:00 until 11:00 AM (get there at 9:00 if you want to have first-pick of many, many good things).
460 Lake St.
Oak Park, Illinois 60302