Sunday, July 27, 2008

Meet The Foodies

Seven years ago, a group of amazing women got together and formed a cooking club. Somehow, I managed to join, maybe in the name of diversity ("Wait a minute, we need someone cranky.") It was quite surprising, and moving, to find such terrific new friends in my early 40s (...or so).

Over the years, the Stir Crazy gals also walked in Race for the Cure, donated Christmas cookies to homeless shelters, supported a marathon-running member in the Leukemia Society’s Team in Training and another member’s participation in the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, collected a vanload of clothing and housewares for newly-relocated Hurricane Katrina refugees, and raised money to cook and serve a dinner for 80+ guests at our local Ronald McDonald House.

And when l was diagnosed with cancer, Stir Crazy rose to the occasion, visiting every other week with books, magazines, and food (of course!). They made this beautiful “get well” quilt. Some of the squares say Strength, Hope, Love, Courage; there are pictures of all our dogs in one square, and all their names in another. They redecorated my bedroom in anticipation of a long, slow recovery. Behind the scenes, they opened a Stir Crazy “store” on the Etsy website to make and sell craft projects and handmade soaps, all to help me by raising some much-needed cash.

Now Stir Crazy is offering you this treasure: a cookbook with our favorite recipes from seven years of cooking together. I know you will enjoy the food. I hope you find friends as willing, as worthy, and as wonderful as I have.

If you'd like a copy of the cookbook ($10 each), send an email to lacootina (at) gmail (dot) com.


Michelle said...

aw shucks..if you put it all in one post, we sound like a pretty great group of people, don't we?? I hadn't seen the quilt--it came out great! Can't wait to see the cookbook!!

La Cootina said...

Yes, Stir Crazy is a special group, and the quilt is really beautiful. Thinking back on some of the spectacular meals we've shared, I have every reason to believe the cookbook will be great.

Anonymous said...

I was late joining stir crazy and definitely don't have the skills that most all the group has. With all of that said I'm still so glad I joined in and made some great friends. The quilt looks great BTW.

La Cootina said...

We were delighted to find a latecomer who fit in so well with us, Cathy.