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A living tribute to Hospice patients

Sales of 'Taste of the Town, Too' cookbook helping agency pay for care services

Sales of 'Taste of the Town, Too' cookbook helping agency pay for care services

August 18, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

Hospice of Washington County's new cookbook honors the agency's terminally ill patients.

"We hope that the recipes in this book will be a living tribute to those for whom we have provided care and that their memory will live on as this book is used," Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Mary Foor wrote in the dedication for "Taste of the Town, Too."

Hospice is a nonprofit organization made up of health care professionals, support staff, spiritual care workers and volunteers who provide comfort and support to terminally ill patients and their loved ones.

Proceeds from cookbook sales will help fund patient care services, Hospice Community Liaison Dawn Johns said.

The hard-bound "Taste of the Town, Too" was unveiled at Hospice's signature "Taste of the Town" fund-raiser Aug. 11.

The attractive cookbook contains more than 450 favorite recipes from Hospice volunteers and staff members, the families of Hospice clients, agency donors and area chefs, cookbook committee chairwoman Sandy Cooper said.

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She and other Hospice volunteers spent several years working on the cookbook, which was the idea of former Hospice volunteer Maury Badger. Cooper took charge of the project with assistance from Foor and Johns after Badger moved to China, she said.

Her work on the cookbook was a way for Cooper to repay the United Way agency that supported her during her husband's terminal illness, she said.

Norton Cooper died in October 1999.

Hospice workers "were unbelievably wonderful to me when my husband was ill. I couldn't have done it without them," Cooper said. "I wanted to give back."

She and other volunteers spent about a year collecting recipes ranging from appetizers such as Bulu bread and crab dip to entres such as Athenian chicken and such desserts as black forest torte and cheese cake, said Cooper, who contributed her favorite firecracker salmon recipe.

Pauli Santi, executive chef at Roccoco in Hagerstown, gave his recipes for artichoke pesto, bruschetta, chestnut spread, stuffed artichokes and pizza fritto.

Recipes from Martin's Catering Service include easy black forest cake, creamed chip beef and sweet potato pudding.

Charles Sekula of Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant in Hagerstown contributed recipes for sauerbraten and Bavarian potato soup.

Other local chefs' recipes include butternut squash soup, chicken marsala, baked scallops, crab bisque and Mississippi mud pie.

Volunteers typed all the recipes to cut cookbook production costs, Cooper said.

They included in the three-ring cookbook helpful household hints on the back of each tabbed section divider and pages of measurements and substitutions, calorie counts, microwave cooking tips, fancy napkin folding guides and a glossary of cooking terms in the back of the book.

Morris Press Cookbooks of Nebraska produced 900 of the books, 200 of which have been sold, Johns said.

"We ended up with a beautiful cookbook. We're very proud of it and think it would make a great gift," Cooper said.

"Taste of the Town, Too" is available for $15 at Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown. Hospice will package and ship the cookbook for an additional charge.

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