August 20, 2014

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Vermilion library friends share their favorite recipes

VERMILION — When Sandi Skeels pulls on an apron and walks into her kitchen with cooking on the brain, there are a few tried-and-true dishes that come to her mind.

There is her famous cheese ball appetizer that she learned to make back in the 1960s when she worked at a TV station in Dayton.

It was right around the time Kraft came up with their spreadable cheese and with the wonder product Skeels said she made a dish that just melted in your mouth.

“Sharing Our Best” cookbook recipe sampling is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Ritter Public Library annex. Pay $2 to enter and sample as many recipes as you like, then buy the cookbook for $8. 

A dish called “shipwreck,” made with layers of potatoes, kidney beans and hamburger, brings her back to her childhood and her mother’s famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are just the things to turn a gray sky blue.

“They are extreme comfort food that are unmatched by anything I’ve every tasted,” she said.

Everyone’s got that one special dish that makes taste buds sing and stomachs rejoice and, thanks to the Friends of Ritter Public Library, close to 200 such recipes are being made available in the group’s first published cookbook.

The cookbook, titled “Sharing Our Best,” has proven to be one of the finest fund-raising projects the group has undertaken, project coordinator Genie Tedford said. It combines two great loves of the group: food and books.

“When I cook, I like to stick with my old favorites, but I am always looking for new recipes,” Tedford said. “Even for me, this recipe book has been fun. I have tried some things that I haven’t in the past. A lot of the dishes are quick, easy and delicious.”

Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go toward library needs as determined by the library. In years past, the group has done a lot in the children’s area as well as supports the summer reading program.

For just $2 a person, those in attendance can sample between 25 and 30 dishes made from recipes in the book. There will everything from appetizers, soups and salads to beverages, breads and meat dishes. Of course, the selection will include several satisfying desserts.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 653-6268 or lroberso@chroniclet.com.