Community cookbooks have been raising money for charitable organizations for more than 150 years, and it’s wonderful to see that tradition carrying into the 21st century in books like “Recipes for Caring,” a new community cookbook from Friends of Christopher Guild.
The guild is an organization of women who raise money and awareness for the Center for Child Protection, and to celebrate that nonprofit’s 25th anniversary, the guild reached out to its members and others in the community for recipes.
It compiled the submissions into a community cookbook ($20) that is now available for sale at Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Serve Gourmet, 241 W. Third St., Sue Patrick, 5222 Burnet Road and The Boutique on Stonelake, 9910 Stonelake Blvd. You can also buy the book online at centerforchildprotection.org.
Dozens of cooks submitted some of their best recipes for the book, including this Reuben sandwich-inspired dip that Debra Slater says is exceptionally popular at her Super Bowl parties, as well as recipes from notables in the community such as Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, KXAN meteorologist Jim Spencer and Edith Royal, wife of the late Darrell Royal.
Debra Slater, a member of Friends of Christopher Guild, says this dip feeds a lot of people and, for 20 years, has been her best Super Bowl appetizer.
32 oz. fresh sauerkraut
1/3 lb. corned beef, chopped
8 oz. grated Swiss cheese
1 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
Triscuits or party rye
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain and squeeze sauerkraut. Mix all ingredients together and bake in a 9-inch-by-13-inch baking dish for 30 minutes. Serve with crackers or bread.
— From “Recipes for Caring” from Friends of Christopher Guild, benefiting the Center for Child Protection