CRESTVIEW — Woodlawn Baptist Church's young adult Sunday school students hope their cookbook's recipes will nourish both body and soul.
"Seasoned with Love" features 83 recipes for entrees, soups, sides, breads and desserts, along with a Creole section. Proceeds benefit a Christian-based substance abuse rehabilitation program.
So far, the group has raised $382, church member Claudia Smythe said.
Many Woodlawn church members are familiar with Exodos Rehabilitation Ministries through church members Thomas and Kyra Crowson. The couple operates the ministry, including the Exodos Thrift Store on North Ferdon Boulevard, which benefits the program and needy residents.
The cookbook idea came after the death of Claudia Smythe's mother-in-law, Louise Smythe. She preserved Louise's recipes in a family cookbook, which gave her inspiration.
"I thought this would be a great way to help out a great organization," she said.
Sunday school attendee Sandy Cooney said she submitted 10 recipes for the book and bought a copy of the cookbook for her family.
"We want to get the word out about this ministry," she said.
Cooney said her family has enjoyed the culinary creations she has prepared for them using the recipes.
Kyra Crowson, Exodos ministry's admissions director, said the North Okaloosa-based organization appreciates the support, which benefits current enrollees.
"This is a huge encouragement for us," she said. "Not only does this help these men, it (also) helps their families here in this community."
HOW TO HELP
The "Seasoned with Love" cookbook is available for $15 at Exodos Thrift Store, 696 N. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview. Proceeds benefit Exodos Rehabilitation Ministries.
Contact Claudia Smythe, 974-3270, for more details.