Saturday, September 27, 2008

Cook Book Thank You

Wow. That's really all I have to say. Oh yeah, and thank you! Do you remember the cook book where I was asking for recipes? We had not nearly enough at the time, and it was looking a bit dire. Want to know what happened? I got a ton of recipes. So did everyone else who asked for them. In total, we have more than 976 recipes in the cook book. In fact, there were so many that some of them couldn't even be input (those don't count toward the 976 total). You guys are fantastic.

Even though we have 976 recipes, we're keeping the price of the cookbook the same at $20, which is a great price for any cook book. I took some sneak peeks at recipes while inputting them, and there are some really great ones out there. Several people asked me if you'd be able to purchase a cook book when they're published.

The short answer is yes.

However, there isn't an official shipping process. But I did some thinking about it, and here's what I can do. The books are being sold via a presale with delivery (here) on November 21, still plenty of time before the holidays. If you are interested in buying a book, I've calculated the approximate price of shipping (based on a similar cookbook). You can send me a check for the $20 book plus $3 for parcel post or $9.80 for Priority Mail shipping, and I'll order the book with the presale orders that I'm placing for myself and then mail it out myself.

However. All the book orders need to be received by the woman coordinating this on Monday October 6. That's one week from Monday. Like really soon. So if you're interested, you need to email me ASAP so I can get you my address so you can mail me you check so it arrives by the 4th so I can get it to the coordinator by the 6th. Capice?

So let me get on with it here. A huge thank you goes to:

Angela at Hello, Dahrlin' gave access to all her recipes, and I selected a couple that looked particularly good (like her Salmon with Peas in Butter Broth!).

Edbteach submitted a divine-sounding Key Lime Cake.

Jules over at Just Because offered up her Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. And I'm totally bummed because I just found out that her blog is invite only which I didn't realize because I'm using the reader thing now and don't visit each invidivual site. But I promise that banana bread is yummy!

Janet makes a mean Brownie Cobbler with Homemade Whipped Cream. Plus Ranch Chicken. And a Vidalia Onion Casserole. And an easy Cherry Cobbler. And Cheesy Potatoes. Yeah, she's an overachiever!

Holly gave us a Carrot and Toasted Cumin Soup, some Black Bean Salad, and Polenta Bruschetta.

Jackee at Runs With Scissors contributed two yummy hot wings appetizer recipes for us.

Debbie at My Noggin Bloggins (I LOVE that name) gave us a yummy Cocoa Pie.

Susie over at Susie's Homemade offers up anything on her site but particularly recommended her Grilled Strawberry Shortcake.

Eleanor provided the an Apple-Sesame Cake.

Melissa is after Little Miss's heart with her Macaroni and Cheese.

Cass from Chop. Stir. Mix. offered up any of her recipes, and there were lots of good ones to choose from. I feel horrible, but I forget which ones I chose. I had some really late nights typing these in!

Carrie at Barely Controlled Chaos submittd a Hummingbird Cake.

Jules from The House of Jules created the most yummy sounding Guinness Cake that I soooo need to make.

Emily contributed a recipe for Spicy Chicken Enchiladas.

Greedy Grace gave us her Sour Cream Chicken recipe.

Stacie offered up a Mexican Casserole.

AngiDe from Nana's Box makes Pani Popo for her three year old.

Swati via hello, net baby! provided Matar Ghugni.

Stacy from Salmon and Milk offered up anything on her website, and I know I grabbed a couple of her Friday recipes. Shame on me, I can't recall which (I blame it on another late night). Sorry!

Maureen sent me a Red Chicken recipe that is super easy to make and sounds great.

Annette sent me the Lazy Man's (or Busy Women's) Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder, and I love corn chowders!

Jamy sent me a recipe for Taco Soup, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie, Mexican Chocolate Cake, Chicken and Broccoli, Baked Quesadillas, Easy Chicken Pot Pie, Vegetable Dip, Fruit Dip, Fast Fried Rice Bowl, Club Quesadillas, Spaghetti Pie, Parmesan Zucchini Sticks, and Mastacciohi with Spinach and Feta. I want to head over to her house for dinner!

IF I missed anyone, I apologize. I tried really hard to keep good notes, but I know I'm not perfect. Also, with so many recipes, I know a few recipes were weeded out where there were duplicates. I haven't seen the final version so I can't guarantee that every one of these recipes is in there, so my apologies if your recipe was left out. It's nothing against you or the recipe, but we had a massive outpouring the last two days of the collection period that everyone was overwhelmed!

And for those of you who missed it before... there is a new foundation in my area supporting the families of children with special needs ages 3-21. This cook book is the first fundraiser they've done, so this is the base that they'll use to get their programs off the ground. Totally worthwhile cause, plus it's a rockin' cook book!

And once again, thank you to EVERYone who contributed recipes or asked how they could help. It means a lot!


Melissa September 27, 2008 at 7:09 PM  

Wow, after looking at some of those recipes you received I can tell this cookbook will be a resounding success.

I'm gluten free or I would be the first person standing in line to purchase one...

Good luck with the sale.

Kellan September 27, 2008 at 8:15 PM  

Congrats on getting all these recipes - they sould so great!

Take care - Kellan

Karen September 27, 2008 at 10:33 PM  

Wow, some awesome cooks contributed to that.

Mabunny September 27, 2008 at 11:16 PM  

Wow MIchelle! I was going to send you a recipe or three then totally forgot about it! Glad you got enough recipes!
I'll let you know soon if I want a book or not

edbteach September 28, 2008 at 8:36 AM  

I am so glad that everything worked out! As a teacher, thank you for being such a hardworking parent to get the fundraiser up and going!

Angela September 28, 2008 at 11:10 AM  

Awesome! So glad you found a few on my site that you could use!

I would love to buy one, so send me your info and I will send out a check!


Michelle September 28, 2008 at 1:10 PM  

Melissa - It's funny you say that. We have no restrictions in our family so it's only when others come over (like my friend tonight whose husband is allergic to fish) that I think about it. We actually labeled every recipe that was GF with a GF at the end of it for those people who are GF. I thought that was pretty cool and something I would never have come up with (and no, that doesn't mean buy the cookbook, just something that I thought of when you mentioned GF).

Kellan - Don't they though? I'm so excited about this!

Karen - Yes, and I am VERY grateful to everyone who did -- both from here and from our school district!

Mabunny - As it turned out, no worries. I still can't believe we had 976 after removing duplicates and such (I wasn't involved in the editing part). Let me know one way or the other, but no pressure!

edbteach - So am I! There were a number of people panicking when we had a week to go and fewer than 200 recipes. And just wait to see the rest of the fundraisers we do... the Cinco de Mayo one is our biggest and best -- and I've already secured two pretty cool donations for that!

Angela - You had a ton. It was hard to narrow them down actually! I'll send you an email with my address, etc. Thanks!

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