Hospitality ministry publishes cookbook

PICKENS — Dessert is often the best part of the meal, and the Café Connections cookbook “Sweet Connections – Desserts for the Soul II” has 76 pages of sweet-treat recipes, followed by a handful of simple tried-and-true meals.

15,368coverSales of the book will help fund the day-to-day operating costs for the Pickens hospitality ministry that is dedicated to sharing the love and compassion of Jesus Christ in the community, as well as surrounding areas.

Over the past three years Café Connections has used approximately 3,000 eggs and 600 pounds of sugar with an average of 750 people a month coming through the door. All of Café Connections’ services, including baked goods, coffee, Wi-Fi, family games and more are free to the community.

Published by G&R Publishing, recipes for the cookbook were collected from friends of the café and include favorites served there, like Iced Coffee and Not Your Mama’s Apple Dumplings. The cookbook is a great addition to any chef’s repertoire and would make a “sweet” gift.

“I have enjoyed working with G&R Publishing,” project chair Ann Corbin said. “They were very professional, patient and personable.

“I tried to include stories about lessons learned and our journey in the ministry of Café Connections that people may find interesting.”

Copies of Sweet Connections can be purchased for $12 at the Café Connection location at 319 E Main St. in Pickens. It is also available through some local churches in the community or by contacting Corbin at

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