That’s Monroe Yoder, a retired Mennonite pastor (and former electron microscopist, ie biologist) who lives in the Bronx. He invited me to dinner with his family after I put the word on the air out that I… wanted dinner. To be more precise, I’m doing a “Dinner With” series, in the homes of various interesting New Yorkers (let me know if you’re game).
So, THREE things I didn’t know about Mennonites:
There’s a whole bunch of them in NYC
Most of them are black, or Latino. Monroe’s church is in Harlem
They don’t shun people who leave the fold (that’s the Amish)
Oh yeah, and #4 would be that they don’t wear big beards anymore.
Dinner was a very tender baked chicken, fried potatoes (with salt, pepper, and MILK), creamed snow peas — all straight out of the Mennonite cookbook, and string beans (sauteed with garlic, totally un-Mennonite).
Desert was home-canned peaches (sublime) and molasses cookies. Sublime.

That’s Monroe Yoder, a retired Mennonite pastor (and former electron microscopist, ie biologist) who lives in the Bronx. He invited me to dinner with his family after I put the word on the air out that I… wanted dinner. To be more precise, I’m doing a “Dinner With” series, in the homes of various interesting New Yorkers (let me know if you’re game).

So, THREE things I didn’t know about Mennonites:

  1. There’s a whole bunch of them in NYC
  2. Most of them are black, or Latino. Monroe’s church is in Harlem
  3. They don’t shun people who leave the fold (that’s the Amish)

Oh yeah, and #4 would be that they don’t wear big beards anymore.

Dinner was a very tender baked chicken, fried potatoes (with salt, pepper, and MILK), creamed snow peas — all straight out of the Mennonite cookbook, and string beans (sauteed with garlic, totally un-Mennonite).

Desert was home-canned peaches (sublime) and molasses cookies. Sublime.

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