My great friend and fellow foodie Chris Brady has been telling me about Lenten Lunches for a while, but I finally got to go last week. Both St. Michael’s and All Saints Episcopal Church offer what are called Lenten Lunches during the period of Lent. Lent is a time of self-reflection that leads of to Easter. One must give up certain things during the forty days of Lent, and most commonly this means fasting from certain foods, especially on Fridays.
St. Michaels and All Saints have different recipes, but clam chowder is served at both of them and each group claims their clam chowder is superior, but for different reasons. On Thursdays one can attend All Saints and on Fridays one can attend the lunch at St. Michael’s.
The standard fare is your choice of soup, your choice of salad and your choice of pie. I chose (pictured above) the coleslaw and the soup. Apparently, one must come to Lenten Lunch for the pie.
Dean Rich Demarest is the Dean of St. Michael’s church, and this is his own personal cherry pie recipe. It’s incredibly delicious and possibly the best I’ve ever had. You may not be able to tell, but the whipped cream is slightly green for St. Patrick’s day.
And for all of those Italians, or wanna be Italians, can you guess the next upcoming saintly holiday that’s after St. Patrick’s day? I’ll get to expose one of my deep and dark pet peeves regarding Italian food and Boise.