Warm up your taste buds with delicious fall and holiday flavors.

Scroll for cooking variations for lentil soup and confetti chili.

MCCL singers are selling three kinds of scrumptious food mixes for $9.50/each. Sales will continue until sold out or through November 28, 2023.

  • curried lentil soup
  • confetti chili
  • chocolate chip cranberry oatmeal cookies

Each purchase directly supports the choral music education of more then150 young singers in kindergarten through grade 12. Singers represent 53 congregations, 45 schools, and 12 denominations from Lancaster, Lebanon, Chester, and Berks counties. If you know singers in MCCL, you can reach out to them directly to purchase jars or email mccl@lancastermennoite.org with your order.

Confetti Chili

Spice list: oregano, parsley, chili powder, cumin, granulate garlic, minced onion, paprika, cocoa powder, and salt

For vegan variation:

Prepare chili following your preferred method (stove top, instant pot, or crock pot) omitting meat.  Toss 2-3 cups cubed butternut squash and 1-2 coarsely chopped red and/or green peppers in 2 T. extra virgin olive oil.  Roast on a sheet pan in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until they are soft and beginning to caramelize around the edges.  Gently incorporate into your prepared chili and enjoy!

For crock pot preparation:

Soak beans following the instructions for stovetop and instant pot.  Bring soaked beans and soaking liquid to boil on stovetop and simmer for 30 minutes. Empty into crock pot.  Add 1 lb. browned ground meat (your choice), 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomato, remaining spices from jar, and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook on High for 3-4 hours, Low 6-8 hours or until soft.  

Curried Lentil Soup

Spices: minced onion, garlic powder, curry powder, cumin, and paprika

Variations to keep lentil soup interesting:

Try reducing the water by 1 1/2 cups and serve over rice.

Try adding extra vegetables like peas, chopped cabbage, or spinach.  Sharpen the flavor with a few tablespoons of lemon juice.

Try adding meat.  Chopped chicken and crumbled sausage are two favorites.

Try stirring in a half cup of chopped fresh cilantro (reserving some for garnish)

Mix and match the above variations and have fun cooking!

MCCL honors and celebrate music as a gift from God by creating exceptional choral music, fostering community, and nurturing character. Using developmentally appropriate instruction, we train children of all ages to read music and use their voices in healthy ways. Through engaging, creative methods, we teach singers to communicate a story through dynamic performance. Every voice is welcomed, valued, and needed. We provide an opportunity for children and youth of all ages and backgrounds to explore music, build friendships, and work together.