Cookbook Project Complete!

Sorry it's been an eternity since I posted anything, but I wanted to share a link to the big project I've been working on for the past few months:

The big project is finished! We have published the cookbook Grancook's Favorite Recipes today in honor of my husband Scott's grandmother Gladys, who passed away from lung cancer earlier this year. It collects more than 200 recipes from her files, including several dishes famous among friends and family and a huge section devoted to cookies. Proceeds from the book will go to support the Cancer Institute in Lebanon, Indiana, which treated Gladys during her illness.

Please consider supporting the Cancer Institute through purchasing a cookbook if you're interested in having a collection of good old Midwestern-style recipes on your bookshelf! Thanks.


  1. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on Grandmaother's passing.

    Would you consider posting a sample recipe or two for people considering making the purchase? I know the proceeds are going to a great cause but would like an idea of the types of recipes in the book.

    Thank you.

  2. No problem! My goodness, I was so eager to get the word out after finishing this big project that I forgot to dot my i's and cross my t's.

    You can see sample recipes right now at the cookbook project web site, You can also take a little peak inside the cookbook at its purchase page on Lulu, which is at

    Regardless, I will endeavor to post a few sample recipes here as well. In fact, here is one I particularly enjoy myself from page 77. I make it Gladys's preferred way, which is to use shredded cheddar and to leave out the curry powder, plus I always use the cream of chicken soup instead of golden mushroom. It's not like a typical casserole as there's no major starch, just vegetables covered with lean meat and a thick, savory sauce. No starch in the recipe means you can choose your own based on your mood; I serve it with rice or quinoa on the side for soaking up that sauce. Yum!

    Chicken Broccoli Casserole
    From the book "Grancook's Favorite Recipes"

    2 16-oz. pkg. frozen broccoli (or fresh)
    2 c. cooked chicken or turkey, cut up
    1 can cream of celery soup
    1 can cream of chicken or golden mushroom soup
    1 c. mayonnaise
    1 tbsp. lemon juice
    1/2 tsp. curry powder (optional)
    6 slices American cheese or 8 oz. shredded cheese Breadcrumbs

    Cook and drain broccoli. Place the spears in 11-by-7-inch baking dish with tips pointing toward edge. Top with chicken or turkey chunks. Combine soups, mayonnaise, lemon juice, curry powder (optional), and shredded cheese, if using. Pour over the meat. Top with cheese slices, if using. Sprinkle with crumbs and paprika. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 45 minutes, or until bubbly. Makes 6 to 8 servings.