LIMA — Vickie Shurelds is proud to help the Cheryl Allen Southside Community Center celebrate its 100th anniversary.
When a passing idea about a cookbook was discussed, she jumped on it.
“It’s going to be a piece of the history of the place,” she said. "It’s amazing. Sadly, for most of my memory it has always been ‘the center might close.’ It’s been here since 1912. I don’t think it’s closing. I just don’t."
Shurelds, executive director of the center, is officially accepting recipes for the book. Residents are permitted to submit any type of recipe and any number, as there will be plenty of room in the book. She also encouraged people to submit stories about those recipes — how long they’ve been making it, where it came from, what it means to their families.
Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 419-222-5011 or stop by the center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Recipes are due by Jan. 15. Pre-orders are also being accepted through the end of January for books priced at $10.
Now all she has to do is decide which recipes from her family to include.
“When my mom would cook, it was always about taking care of your family,” she said.”I know that especially in our family my mom always loved having us in the kitchen. Cooking was a family event.
“I think cooking is one of those things when you share yourself with your family,” Shurelds said.
The recipe she shares today is a family favorite she came up with.
“I’ve been making it since my kids were little. My kids always wanted cheese on everything. They thought cheese made everything better,” she said, explaining they always got excited when they saw it being prepared.
“The chicken is really, really juicy when you’re cooking it that way,” she said. “It has such a wonderful smell when it’s cooking.”
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