The Creative Cooking interest group didn’t let the isolation of the pandemic stop them! This past year, members were asked to send in favorite recipes in the categories of Appetizers, Salads, Main Courses, Christmas, Soups, Desserts and Brunch. Those submissions were distributed to the members monthly and kept the group connected. These recipes were eventually compiled into the Pandemic Palate Pleasers cookbook complete with family stories and recipe hints. With almost 200 recipes, some simple and some complicated, from 36 creative cooks, this project shows dedication to cooking and the enjoyment of food.
The group is excited to be meeting in person this year. Each member is asked to contribute to two cooking teams per year or host one meeting. The cooking team meets prior to the meal to plan the menu based upon that month’s theme. The team prepares the food and brings it to the host’s home where it is served to members in attendance. The dues of $40 usually covers the cost of the 8 dinners.
We are always looking for new faces and refreshing ideas. We have taken as our motto that “life is not about feeding people but eating with people.” For more information, please contact Denise or Betsy. Denise Brenner, firstname.lastname@example.org or Betsy McCorry, email@example.com.
This year’s themes and meeting dates are below.
September 14 — Menu from the Pandemic Palate Pleasers Cookbook
October 12 — Support the Local Economy—Recipes using ingredients from local speciality shops such as Bambers, St. Clair’s Butcher Shoppe, Oh Mama’s on the Avenue
November 9 – Taco/Burrito Bar
December 14 – Madrigal/Medieval Dinner
January 11 – Melissa Clark Recipes
February 8 – Creative Cooking Throwback Menu—An Encore presentation of a menu from Creative Cooking’s first years
March 15 – 5 Ingredients or Less Menu
April 9 – Tropical Brunch
May – Planning Meeting for 2022/2023