Composing recipes

MSO Guild marks its 25th anniversary with cookbook

MSO Guild marks its 25th anniversary with cookbook

January 24, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

Just as musicians might add their own flair to a song, Lynn Vinke likes to make recipes her own.

"Cooking for me is really my creative outlet," says Vinke, a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild and contributor to the guild's new cookbook.

"I rarely make a recipe exactly as its written," she says. "I like to adapt. I just enjoy making it my own."

Vinke shares four of her recipes in the guild's new cookbook, "Tasteful Tempos," which came out in late September. The 140-page cookbook contains 143 recipes and lots of information about the guild.


The cookbook was released to celebrate the guild's 25th anniversary. The MSO also is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season.

In the beginning, the guild was instrumental in selling season tickets and sold out the house that first season, says Sheri Specht, who lives in Brownsville and is the guild anniversary committee chairwoman.

Later the guild branched out into fundraising, including their largest annual fundraiser, the MSO Guild ball.

The guild also started educational programs aimed at youths to get them interested in music and the symphony. These included Symphony Saturdays, an annual series of classes which introduce young children to instruments, and MSO concerts for schoolchildren.

Proceeds from the cookbook will be used to support the symphony, says Barbara Henderson, guild president.

The guild sponsors one of the symphony's MasterWorks concerts each year and has made a commitment to pay $100,000 toward the MSO Guild orchestra shell at The Maryland Theatre, the home concert hall of the MSO. The shell frames the stage and directs the sound to the audience.

Several of the recipes have been served at MSO Guild functions, such as meetings and winter socials. Some of the recipes are by members of the MSO Youth Guild, which also helps with fundraising.

There is a section of recipes that are easy for children to make and one recipe for modeling clay.

"Tasteful Tempos" is being sold for $20 at the Symphony Store in the MSO office at 30 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, and Carol & Company in downtown Hagerstown. The cookbook also is sold at Penn Avenue Meats on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington County Hospital's gift shop and in The Maryland Theatre lobby during MSO concerts. The next MSO concert there is MasterWorks III on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Vinke and her family prepared one of the cookbook's recipes, a baked pineapple stuffing by Wilda Gift to go with a ham, during Christmas week.

Vinke cooked meals with several of her four children and 11 grandchildren that week. Vinke, who has Swedish ancestry, says they also fixed Scandinavian meatballs with buttered noodles.

Family and friends -including MSO Guild members - are often the benefactors of her cooking.

Husband Jim's favorite home-cooked meals include his wife's version of pad Thai, beef tenderloin and homemade soups.

Vinke says she gets her love of cooking from her mother, Joanne Fox of Minnesota, and her late grandmother, Edith Nelson. After college, she took French cooking classes for two years.

"I love to cook," she says.

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