Park County Senior Center presents favorite recipes in new cookbook

Samantha Hill

The Park County Senior Center has been hard at work the last few months to fundraise for the center, first with the Old-Fashioned Barn Dance and now they have come out with their own cookbook.

Senior Center Executive Director Nicole Divine said the cookbook just sounded like a good way to raise some money for the center.

There are 41 contributors from around the area and 300 recipes in loose-leaf binded book. Categories include vegetables, side dishes, dessert/candy, main dishes and more. There is even a category at the end call “This and That” which covers any other food based products people may need like a biscuit mix.

Favorites include grandma’s apple pie, savory soups and the best casseroles for any occasion.

Divine said she is pretty partial to her own recipe she contributed, one her grandmother made when she was much younger.

“Its a saffron cake and it makes your whole house smell really good,” she said.

The recipes were compiled by Mary Ann Mack, Sue Betz and Lee Parriott after several months of work. Betz was a professional chef for many years at restaurants and then a large retirement community in Oregon.

She said she used her skills in the kitchen to make sense of some of the nuances of the recipes.

“If they had questions about how long something is supposed to cook or it didn’t include measurements,” Betz said. “I just used common sense.”

The cookbooks are $15 at the Senior Center and extra $5 to be mailed to a person’s home.

She said they may also be sold at the Livingston Farmers Market in the future.