Food from the hearth

Delicious foods that we make with our families is the topic for March’s Cookbook Club. Do you have a secret or ‘go to’ family recipe and what is it? I have a copy of my Grandpa’s spaghetti and meatballs recipe tucked away.

Cookbook Club Family Recipe Swap: Don’t forget to bring a copy of one of your family recipes to share with the other club members to our upcoming meeting.

If you just don’t have time to dig through your pile of loose recipes feel free to borrow someone else’s family recipe from these library cookbooks about family cooking and make something from their cookbook.

FUN FACT: Butter tart filling started here! “According to a recent article in Toronto Life, “the first known recipe for butter tart filling – the voluptuous mix of eggs, butter, sugar and currents – appeared in a cookbook produced by the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Woman’s Auxiliary in Barrie in 1900, attributed to one Mrs. Malcolm MacLeod.” Read more of this article here.


Buy the IPM (International Plowing Match) 2014 cookbook (fundraising cookbook) which is a collection featuring the best recipes from residents of Simcoe County.  It is available at various local retailers in Barrie including Fox’s Bakery, Local Foods Mart, & Simcoe Sew & Quilt.

Napolean Home Comfort also puts out ‘Grill Accessory’ cookbooks, we have Napolean’s Everyday Gourmet Plank Grilling at the library.

Also try the Ontario Table Cookbook which was a 2012 Taste Canada Awards finalist. The website says this is only available Online but I believe I have seen Local Foods selling copies at their checkout. Also have a look at Lynn Ogryzlo’s Ontario Table blog.

Pick up a copy of the Gilda’s Club Cookbook with over 200 recipes for $20. All of the recipes were submitted by Gilda’s Club members and 100% of the proceeds help provide social and emotional support for anyone affected by cancer in our community.

I can’t wait to collect some great recipes this month!


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