Friday, March 23, 2012

Austin Girl Scout Troop Creates Free Cookbooks for Wildfire Survivors

In Austin, TX, The American-Statesman reports that Bastrop County residents lost more than material things in September's wildfires.

"You've lost everything, and then it hits you. I lost my cookbooks, too, and those old family recipes including my great-grandmother's cookbook that was dated 1892," said Betsy Goggan, who lost her home.

Austin Girl Scouts Anna Bushong, Jordan Seibert and Francis Copley know recipes passed down through generations are impossible to replace.

The three girls, all eighth-graders at Murchison Middle School in Austin, are hoping to fill that void by giving free cookbooks — collections of recipes from their own families — to wildfire survivors.

The homemade cookbook, "Traditions, Favorite Family Recipes From Our Kitchens to Yours," is 75 pages with more than 200 recipes. The cookbook has recipes for appetizers, entrees, baked goods and desserts, such as "Gammy 's Angel Biscuits," "Big Daddy's Cheese Ball" and "Delmonico's Gumbo."