A community cookbook offers numerous
advantages beyond being a variety of locally tested and approved
culinary delectables. It offers heritage. Each time the cook goes
looking for just the right recipe for some special occasion or
simply to break the monotony of everyday meal preparation, he or she
is exposed to names that have a familiar appearance, sound or even
face associated with them. Connections with those names never end.
Some names associated only with the recipes often precede
acquaintance in later years. And for those who move or are already
living away from here, it is a way of staying in touch with our
roots. The cookbook is a means of binding us as past, present and
future friends in community.
The cookbook contains a whopping total
of 988 recipes in all. “Nine hundred eighty-eight recipes is a
wonderful effort by the community,” said Zonta's Judy Awe. “Zonta
Club of Lincoln is very happy with the response.” The entries came
from Zonta Club members past, present and future; Zonta Health
Career Scholarship recipients; 2003 Lincoln school students; and
community friends and family.
“I believe a lot of 'comfort foods' are
in our cookbook,” Awe said. “Many of the recipes are ones that
include ingredients most cooks have in their pantry.”
There are many "keepers" in this book.
Just a few to mention:
Page 127 -- Chicken spaghetti
Page 256 -- Seven-layer salad. Not the
usual seven-layered; must be the Parmesan cheese.
Page 256 -- Spinach salad with
dressing. The dressing is good on other mixed greens too.
Pages 215-230 -- Soups. Glad the
weather is cooling off. White chili is grrreat, different!
Page 164 -- Ham loaf
Page 50-51 -- Fresh apple cakes
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The children's section has been a plus.
Kids always like to see their name in print. Award-winning divider
pages were designed by Washington Monroe-School students. The
dividers were randomly assigned to individual grade levels. Winners
of the contest include Jon Burge, Brianna Dye, Bobby Dunovsky,
Skylar Morgan, Darrin Watkins, Morgan Barrick, Steven Green, Kayla
Hyde, Nate Kunkel, Ariel Staton and Joseph Papesch. Zonta awarded
each winner a $10 gift certificate from Prairie Years in Lincoln and
a copy of the new cookbook for their family.
The cookbook has a brief history of
Zonta Club of Lincoln's annual turkey dinner and funnel cake
fund-raisers, health career scholarship program recipients, and a
review of the many community service projects that Zonta has help
fund over the past 46 years.
Awe said that the book was released in
mid-August, and so far, “The response has been great!”
“Several cookbooks have traveled
out-of-state, which is really exciting,” she said.
They will make
nice gifts for Christmas, birthday, anniversary, wedding or just
The cost of the cookbook is $15.
Cookbooks can be purchased at the following locations: A.G. Edwards,
Central Illinois Bank, Graue Inc., Illini Bank, State Bank of
Lincoln, Towne House Beauty Shoppe, Union Planters Bank and Werth
Mail orders are available by sending
$15 plus $4 shipping and handling to:
123 Crestwood Drive
Lincoln, IL 62656-1360
Zonta is committed to making a
difference in the community and world. Zonta Club of Lincoln thanks
you for your continued support as the members strive to make a
difference. Proceeds from the sale of cookbooks will be used to help
fund community service projects.
The annual Zonta turkey dinner is
coming up in November, and if any cookbooks are still available, the
club will offer the books then as well.