They're cooks with a mission

Cookbook is fundraiser for Hagerstown Rescue Mission

Cookbook is fundraiser for Hagerstown Rescue Mission

February 21, 2006|By MARLO BARNHART

Coming up with new recipes to fill 137 pages in the Hagerstown Rescue Mission's 50th anniversary cookbook fell to Martha Jane Reid, chairwoman of the ladies auxiliary.

And she'll be the first to credit her fellow auxiliary members and members of the community for making it a success.

"We were looking for a fundraiser to support the various ministries at the mission," Reid said.

So, in April 2005, the idea was hatched to create a cookbook on the occasion of the first half-century of the mission's presence in Hagerstown.


Reid sent a letter to the members asking that they submit their favorite recipes. Many staff members at the mission also contributed, as did several ministers and others from the community at large.

"I have 10 or so of my recipes in the book," Reid said. "I enjoy cooking."

Another auxiliary member, Lorena Stearns, said she has quite a few recipes in the book. A member for about 15 years, Stearns said she learned of the auxiliary while working with Reid at a local publishing firm.

"Martha Jane was talking up the auxiliary, so I decided to join," Stearns said. "I have enjoyed it all these years."

While this latest cookbook is the third put out by the mission auxiliary, there are no repeated recipes, Reid said. The last one came out about 10 years ago.

"Some new ladies have joined since then," Reid said, noting that the hard part is coming up with young people willing to get involved in the auxiliary. "Most of our members ? the backbone of the organization ? are seniors."

All of the members worked hard to pick tasty and easy recipes, she said. And they got all 300 of them in on time for the publication deadlines, Reid said.

"Most of them contain ingredients you probably already have in your house," she said.

Ellen Resh, co-founder of the mission with her late husband, Jimmy Resh, contributed some of her favorites to the cookbook, including her rhubarb crunch.

Another recipe is Ellen Resh's son-in-law Carl Black's famous stuffing, which appears on Page 134. Originally portioned to feed hundreds, the cookbook version has been pared to suit a family's needs.

"We had a couple of calls about missing ingredients in the peanut butter cookie recipe on Page 95, but it is correct," Reid said. The ingredients are one cup of peanut butter, one cup of sugar and one egg.

On Page 135, there is even a recipe for homemade dog cookies which contain a jar of baby food meat, three tablespoons of nonfat dry milk and four tablespoons of wheat germ.

The cookbooks, which cost $10, are selling well, Reid said. They are available at the mission thrift store on South Prospect Street or can be ordered by sending a check for $12 ($2 covers postage costs) to Hagerstown Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 685, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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