Stephen and Karen Baldwin

Stephen and Karen Baldwin and daughter Rachel are living in Concord, North Carolina where they cook together often and where Stephen is involved in planting a church that aims to encourage and recover artistry of all kinds, including food, as an act of worship. After years as a pastor/church planter’s wife, Karen received her culinary training from the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. She currently teaches cooking classes for Williams-Sonoma in Huntersville, NC.



Moussaka (serves 6) For the Meat & Tomatoes: 2 onions, thinly sliced or chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil 1½ lbs ground lamb Salt &…

Potato Soup and Cornbread


Potato Soup (Serves 4) 1/2 stick butter 3 cups peeled diced potatoes (Yukon Gold) 1 cup diced onions 1/2 cup diced celery (optional) 1…

Basic Tomato Sauce for Pasta and Salad Vinaigrette


Basic Tomato Sauce 1/4-cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, peeled & sliced thin 2-inch sprig of fresh basil- stem and leaves 2 (28-ounce)…

A Way of Loving

Hospitality / Safe Place

In some people’s thinking cuisine is ranked on the lower end of the scale of “the arts”—five star restaurants notwithstanding. Unlike other disciplines, cooking…

The Gift of Food

Faith / Hospitality / Safe Place

My daughter, Rachel and I sat down the other night to watch TV. She had been following Top Chef, so we flipped to the…

Hospitality in a Storm

Hospitality / Safe Place

One of the most intriguing and poignant of all New Testament narratives is Paul’s sea voyage to Rome. He is a prisoner in chains…