Cookbook inspires holiday recipes and reasons to be grateful – BG Independent News


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I went looking for recipes that could be made for Thanksgiving at the local Cookbooks exhibit at the Wood County District Public Library. I ended up with a few thoughts, but most importantly, many reasons to be thankful.

Flipping through the wonderful cookbooks—published by churches, service groups, libraries, businesses and even “Old Professors”—I came across a few interesting facts.

Most of the cookbook titles cleverly corresponded to the group that collected and shared their recipes. The First Christian Church of Bowling Green offered a recipe under the title “Bread and Blessings, a Christian Tradition.”

The Piety Hill Cookbook, by the First Methodist Church of Clyde, is named for the church’s location on Piety Hill at the corner of Maple and Race streets, a place where the first church in a log house in 1821. The publication of the cookbook in 2000 is a continuation of the church’s food ministry and a demonstration that their faith is still alive.

Wood County Hospital, which published “Prescriptions for Good Eating” in celebration of its 40th anniversaryfirst in 1991, focusing on its role “as a provider of good health care for the community”.

The Bowling Green University Library had two cookbooks in the collection: “Culinary Footnotes,” a humorous and fun academic pun, and “Taste of Jerome.” in 1997, it was named for the university’s main library.

Local cookbook on display at the Wood County Public Library

For me, the name of the cookbook that appealed the most was the “No-Bake Bakesale Cookbook” by the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs. I was hoping to read recipes for crispy cereal, fruit kabobs, popcorn balls, sweet and salty snack mixes and no-bake cookies. When I browsed the page I was surprised to find recipes for meats and casseroles, breads and appetizers.

It turns out the brochure was used as a fundraiser for the October 1990 Great Lakes Conference held in Perrysburg. Instead of donating a bake sale meal that requires no cooking, Women’s Club members were asked to donate the money that would go towards preparing the food they offered for the booklet. I wish I knew how much that smart fundraiser raised for a conference over 30 years ago.

Local History Librarian, Marnie Pratt, has created an interactive display from nearly 40 local cookbooks in the Local History collection. An additional 100 cookbooks with no local connection reside in the regular nonfiction collection.

“We chose November because this is the time of the year when many families make their favorite recipes. We thought people might enjoy seeing some favorites, and even award-winning recipes, from others in the community,” said Pratt.

The cookbook is always available to customers; however, this is the first time they have created an interactive exhibit using local cookbooks. Local cookbooks will be on display until November 28.


According to Pratt, customers visited the collection every day and many filled out the question: What do you see? Most delicious food? What is the most unusual recipe or ingredient? Did you find a recipe from your family or friends?

“WBGU Cooks Gourmet” probably had the most unique collection of recipes, all very epicurean in their ingredients and creation of the final dish. Jan Bell’s Crawfish and Shrimp Citrus Salsa is like God’s recipe for grilled salmon. I also found another possible recipe for the traditional green bean casserole – which, to be honest, I couldn’t find in the 20 cookbooks shown.

Cheryl Critton’s Green Beans, Feta and Pecans can be a great side dish to our family’s favorite turkey and sausage and dressing this year.

In my research for Thanksgiving, I found only one recipe for twenty turkeys. That kind of surprised me. I don’t know if roasting a turkey is a secret conversation shared through experience, or if it’s so simple that it doesn’t need a written explanation. There is a wide variety of leftovers from Turkey Soup Parmenter and Turkey Tetrazzini to Turkey Square and Stir Fry Turkey Fajita.

Turkey’s cousin, chicken, seems to be the poultry of choice. In the hospital’s “Healthy Food Prescription” booklet, instead of turkey, 46 of the 160 main meal recipes included chicken.

Most bakeries have plenty of pumpkin options to try beyond just a delicious pumpkin pie. There were recipes for Pumpkin Dream Pie, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Torte and Pumpkin-Raisin Moffins. They all look delicious, but sometimes tradition is the best option, and Pumpkin Pie, that is.

The interactive question about finding the names of family and friends was the highlight of my scavenger hunt. The university library book included recipes from family friends Mary Lou Willmarth and Jo Baker, as well as some of my old college colleagues such as Teri Sharp, Beverly Stearns, Ann Tracy and Ann Bowers.

The Wood County Fair cookbooks—“Blue Ribbon Cookbook: Wood County Fair Prize Winners” (1956) and “Wood County Cookbook”—included some kind and caring family names that I have met in my nearly 20 years of reporting on the Wood County Fair. County Fair. .

The 1989 “BG Jaycees’ Beary Best Recipes” included Jackie Dubler’s Champagne Salad, June (Gregson’s) Oyster Crackers, O’Neill’s Oyster Crackers, Carol Sanner’s Puppy Chow; Margie (Geiser) Harris’ Pumpkin Pie; Kathy (Panning) Thomas’ Taco Dip; and Sue Shank’s Amish Sugar Cookies (could this be the recipe for the famous sugar cookies?).

Reading all the familiar names brought back fond memories of the many connections I’ve made over the decades at Bowling Green. So, in addition to finding interesting and delicious recipes to consider for the Thanksgiving table, I found many other reasons to be thankful this holiday season.