RELEASED: Dec. 14, 2000
DANVILLE, KY -- Two Centre College students, Martha Paris of Fredonia and Tim Brauch of Newport, have helped the Housing Authority of Danville produce its first resident cookbook. Completed earlier this year, the 50-page book features recipes from Housing Authority residents, employees, board members and volunteers.
The cookbook includes enticing recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts. One recipe, Old Man Webb's School Chili, was created by the late George Webb Sr., a former Housing Authority resident in Junction City, and contributed by his widow, Carol Webb. Another resident, Lavone Evans, contributed recipes including Black Midnight Cake and Creamy Broccoli-Cheese Soup. Paris provided some of the book's more unusual recipes, including Lemon Couscous and Indonesian Chicken.
Mary Huston, resident initiatives coordinator with the Housing Authority, says the cookbook was conceived as part of a larger effort to encourage a sense of community and leadership among Housing Authority residents. According to Huston, the two Centre students went door-to-door collecting recipes, designed the cookbook cover and typed most of the recipes into a computer word-processing program. "Their work helped us pull the project together," says Huston. "We knew the cookbook was a good idea, but the Centre students provided the extra effort needed to actually collect all the recipes and then convert them to the cookbook format."
Paris and Brauch have worked at the Housing Authority throughout the current school year as part of the Bonner Leaders program at Centre. Bonner Leaders receive a stipend in exchange for community service, and Paris has used her Bonner hours to lead a Girl Scout troop for the Housing Authority. She also assists with office duties. Brauch has worked in the Housing Authority office for a few hours nearly every weekday this year.
The cookbook currently is available only to residents, employees and volunteers with the Housing Authority. Huston says the organization will decide early next year whether to offer some of the books for sale to the general public to raise money for resident council activities.
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Public information coordinator: Patsi Barnes Trollinger