For my birthday this year, I received a brand new community cookbook from my sister in law, ElAy. When I opened it up the very first recipe in the book was one I had given her a couple of years ago. I reworked a recipe I found online to be more healthy and found a new obsession for dipping apple slices and pretzel flip crackers in the resulting fluff. I just had to share! ElAy submitted it in my name for the community cookbook, hot off the press in June 2011. What a nice surprise! An honor to be the first recipe! Never mind that “A is for apple dip” and comes in the alphabet before “B is for Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts”!
Community cookbooks are treasures! You know when you look through them that contributors offered their very best, the recipes that have been savored repeatedly. I have three or four special books to which my family have contributed their “keepers” that are stained and well worn and used frequently! My birthday cookbook celebrates the quasquicentennial of a small town and contains 164 pages of yummy goodness. I love that they used “quasquicentennial” instead of “125th anniversary of our founding”! And that I was gifted the centennial cookbook from that same town, too! The recipe got a bit more tweaking – again!—and here it is for your enjoyment!
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