Recipe Templates Make Cookbook Making Easy

One of my ladies group friends recently asked me about my cookbook making software because one of the other members of our group had told her that I was the family cookbook making guru. Continue reading

Farmers’ Markets Growing in Popularity

You probably have a farmers’ market near your neighborhood. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are 6,132 operating farmers markets in the nation (USDA stats August 4, 2010), which is a 16% increase over last year.

In some major metropolitan areas, one can visit a farmers’ market every day of the week. How’s that for getting fresh-from-the-farm produce! Continue reading

Stinky Tale of Hazmat in the House

The sequence of events and facts in the following story are absolutely true. The names have been changed to protect the, well, you’ll figure it out.


While I was visiting my dear friend, Ruth, and enjoying tea at her kitchen table, I noticed a rather large gap along the baseboard of her kitchen cupboard.  “My, that’s big enough for something to live in,” I remarked.  Ruth replied, “Oh, yes, I know. I need to fix it one of these days.” Continue reading

21 Rotten Foods Found in Your Family Cookbook

How many recipes for rotten food are in your family cookbook?  Or, how many recipes in your family cookbook include ingredients classified as rotten food? I bet you have quite a few!

Consider that some of the most beloved rotten food tastes from the Americas and Europe (especially France) are based on some form of decomposition, decay, or the result of deliberately drying, fermenting, spicing, or injecting foods with “good” bacteria. Continue reading

Funeral Food Has a Higher Calling: Comfort & Joy

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I was looking for some inspired funeral food the other day to take to a grieving family, and was struck by the lack of local information on the subject.  I realized that churches could provide a great service for their congregations and the community if they could include a section in their church fundraising cookbook that explains the local traditions of funeral food and funeral etiquette. Continue reading

5 Tips for Bake Sale Success

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Is there a section in your family cookbook devoted to the age-old fundraiser known as a bake sale? If not, you might want to add these 5 tips for bake sale success into a new section devoted to such events, along with recipes for your favorite easy-to-make bake sale goodies.

With schools and churches having bake sales for fundraising, now is also a good time to review what makes a successful bake sale. Following are my 5 tips for bake sale success: Continue reading

Making Fundraising Cookbooks: Now is the Season

Every year after school starts a lot of groups look for fundraising projects for various schools, houses of worship, and community organizations. Let’s face it, fundraising for these groups is a never ending cycle, and it is particularly challenging in these economic times.

One thing I’ve learned over the years about fundraising is that people will donate generously if they perceive ”value.” That concept can be further summed up as ”getting something in return for my donation.”  Continue reading

Try a Cookbook for Your Next Church Fundraiser


Do you belong to a church or other organization that can benefit from fundraising activities?  If so, you might want to consider creating a cookbook to sell to members of your local community.

With a powerful cookbook software, you can create a cookbook easily and quickly. Here are a few steps to get you started:

1. Ask via email or in a meeting who would like to contribute recipes and/or help with the cookbook production.  We recommend Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software as the key cookbook software for this purpose. Continue reading