By Ginna Parsons
TUPELO – Five years ago, staff members at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital came up with a cookbook full of their favorite recipes called “From Our Family to Yours.”
Now, they’ve come up with the sequel – “From Our Family to Yours, Vol. 2.”
“It’s been five years since the last one and we may do another one in five years,” said Jerri Cutlip, the cookbook’s organizer. “Everybody from housekeeping to the physicians got involved with this.”
The cookbook features 450-plus recipes in categories such as appetizers and beverages, main dishes, breakfast dishes, desserts, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, breads and rolls, cookies and candies and this and that.
The cost is $10. Orders will be taken until Aug. 22 and the cookbooks will arrive in early November.
The group sold about 850 copies of the first cookbook in 2009, and with the proceeds they purchased a sculpture by Ken Ross of a woman and three children sitting on a bench. It sits in an outdoor area known as the garden.
“I think it cost about $4,000,” Cutlip said. “That was not a cheap piece of art.”
With proceeds from the new cookbook, the staff hopes to purchase another piece for a second garden, known as the courtyard.
“This piece will be interactive for the children,” said Ellen Friloux, administrator of women and children’s services. “It might be a garden toy or something they can climb on. We haven’t picked anything out yet because we don’t know how much money we’re going to raise. We’d like to raise at least $5,000 because I think that’s what it will take to get a nice piece of art.”
Cutlip said almost all the recipes in the cookbook are new.
“We have a handful of repeat recipes because they were so popular, but the majority are new,” she said.
Mary Jo Beeman, a nurse educator, has several recipes in the cookbook.
“I believe in easy and delicious and I think everything in the cookbook is easy because we are working people, too,” she said.
To order a cookbook, make your check payable to Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi and send it to Jerri Cutlip or Marie Mason, c/o Women’s Hospital, 4566 Eason Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801. Those who order will get a phone call when the cookbooks are ready for pickup. For more information, call (662) 377-2048 or (662) 377-4902.