In memory of Andy Griffith, let's go back to Mayberry PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:39
Charlotte Travis serves St. Benedict’s coconut cream pie from the pages of Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook at the potluck dinner that wrapped up Sonlight’s Andy Griffith Bible Study several weeks ago. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
WESTON - Some of the best times the members of Sonlight Church and Community Center have had in recent months came in connection with a five-week program called the Andy Griffith Bible Study.
Group members met for four weekly sessions in which they would view an episode of the old Andy Griffith TV show starring the stalwart North Carolina actor with the soft southern accent who portrayed an understated small-town sheriff.
Afterward the group would discuss one or two moral and Biblical lessons to be gleaned from that episode. The finale to the bible study was a May 30 potluck with all foods served coming straight out of the pages of Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook.
The June 12 Cook's Corner column featured one of the recipes from that cookbook, an onion pie made by Sonlight member Anne Limes. 
Today, as a fitting memorial to Andy Griffith who died just two weeks ago, it seems only right to feature a couple more of the recipes from the potluck, plus a review of the TV episodes the group studied. 
The dessert that was declared the winner in a taste-testing contest at the Weston potluck, "Aunt Bee's Apple Pie," was made by Glenda Boggs, wife of Sonlight's pastor Chris Boggs.
Also gaining rave revues were St. Benedict's Coconut Cream Pie, made by church member Charlotte Travis, and Billie's Blueberry Dessert, prepared by Jacki Murphy. Marlene Nicholson contributed Aunt Bee's "prized rhubarb pie," which was also gobbled up in short order.
"They were all good," Boggs confirmed. "The blueberry dish was delicious."
Pastor Chris decided a non-dessert, the Spinach Salad Sprague, was his own favorite.
When Glenda Boggs was trying to decide which recipe from the cookbook to make, she was drawn to Aunt Bee's apple pie because of the unusual ingredients it features.
"I just thought 'Wow! Cream cheese in the crust?' And some of the other ingredients in the filling" such as honey and orange juice intrigued her as well.
Sentinel-Tribune photographer Enoch Wu was drafted to serve as a judge and "he thought the filling tasted a lot like an old-fashioned apple pie, like he remembers his grandma making."
"The apple pie recipe was very good, with all the different ingredients. We all wanted to try all the dishes," Boggs said of the potluck.
She describes herself as "not a real connoisseur of cooking, like some people, but I enjoy cooking. I don't always go with a different recipe," so being forced to choose something she'd never made from the Mayberry cookbook "challenged us."
Marlene Nicholson opts to make Aunt Bee’s prized rhubarb pie.
"But I do like to make some of the Cook's Corner recipes."
She especially enjoyed the Oriental salad recipe that ran in the summer of 2008, "the crunchy one with the ramen noodles. I made it all summer long. We also liked Sherry Frye's apple squares."
The Boggses have been at Sonlight for 13 years now. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Glenda Boggs is a native of Middletown and her husband grew up in Dayton. "We met at a church youth camp."
They raised their own children in a small, Mayberry-like town outside Dayton called West Alexandria.
About nine years ago the Boggses first offered the Andy Griffith Bible Study at Sonlight and that time around the winning dessert was "Apple Pie in a Bag," made by Jeff Helberg.
"Instead of the edges getting brown, it's baked in a certain kind of brown bag that won't burst into flames in the oven. He had a hard time finding that kind of paper bag, I remember."
The first episode of the show they studied is the one about the Traveling Salesman who came into Mayberry selling his elixir that "would cure anything that ails you." The related lesson had to do with the twin traps of flattery and deception.
In another episode, a new, rich boy moves into town. "He was very spoiled, and it affected Opie" as he eagerly made friends with the newcomer. Trying to keep up, Opie soon "threw a fit for more allowance. We talked about indulgence and getting what you want."
In a third episode Barney's girlfriend Thelma Lou tries to help Opie with his own "girlfriend troubles." She has Opie over and shows him how to bake cookies, after which Opie begins to imagine Thelma Lou is his own girlfriend and Barney becomes jealous.
The lesson for the night had to do with jealousy and people being sympathetic to others who are hurting.

Aunt Bee's Apple Pie
1/2 cup butter or margarine
4 oz. cream cheese
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups sliced apples
1 cup sugar

1/3 cup orange juice
2 T. honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine

In a large bowl, combine one-half cup butter and the cream cheese and let it come to room temperature. Then add 2 cups flour and blend it well. Chill. Roll out half of the dough and place in a nine-inch pie plate. Reserve the other half for the top crust.
In a saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Pour mixture into the crust.
Roll out remaining crust and place over filling. Cut slits in the top of the crust to allow steam to escape. Then bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes.
Servings: 6 to 8.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 09:57

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