Seventy years in the making

Jamie Heap
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Book Review: The Co-op 70th Anniversary Cook Book. Various. (Amherst: Printed by Furlong’s Rapid Print & Digital Design). $10.00, 69 pages.

While the Co-Op’s 70th anniversary celebration may be over, you can still take home a piece of the Co-Op with its 70th anniversary cookbook.

“We are pleased to present the 70th Anniversary Co-Op Cookbook in celebration of 70 years of service to our community,” stated cookbook committee members Pam Harrison, Sue McNairn and Su Morin. “Thanks to our over 70 cooks, who have shared their favourite recipes with us here, many of whom are regular customers at the store.”

A number of the contributors were/are employees or were on its board.

Utilizing recipes that have, in some cases, been in their families for generations, the contributors to The Co-Op 70th Anniversary Cook Book have provided a wide variety of delicious recipes. The cookbook is divided into five main sections: Pickles and Preserves, Main Dishes, Desserts, Breads and Cake as well as Entertaining and Miscellaneous.

Such pickles and preserves’ recipes include million dollar relish (Helen McAloney), Mom’s mustard beans (Lou Anne Berry) and red pepper jelly (Lola Melanson) while main dishes include goulash (Marion Shipley) and Impossible ham & Swiss cheese quiche (Vida Hamilton).

Dessert recipes include butterscotch marshmallow squares (Cindy White), scratch me back cookies (Shirley Comeau) and Molasses taffy. “I loved to visit my grandmother and make this,” stated Jackie Gould.

“We are indeed privileged to enjoy such wonderful food that can be kept available in our local area,” stated Co-Op Board of Directors president Jenna Boon. “With the help of our members, we are achieving great success in maintaining this essential community service,” she added.

The book, which makes a great gift idea, is still on sale at the Co-op.

Organizations: Stated Co-Op

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