Chamber Delves into History for Latest Culinary Publication

Oldies and Goodies –
Scouring older Fairfield cookbooks for favorite recipes from the county are Terry Vickers, President of Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce; Joyce Dean, resident of Ridgeway and a 37-year employee in the Richland County School District lunch rooms; Denise Jones, co-owner of the Cotton Yard Market in Ridgeway and member of the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce and Dan Ruff, son of the late Nancy (and Daniel Walter) Ruff, whose recipe for Chow Chow Pickles appeared in the 1998 Bank of Ridgeway Cookbook and will be back by popular demand in the new Fairfield Cookbook.

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce’ cookbook project is in full swing. More than 200 of the county’s great cooks have submitted their recipes for publication in the soon to be completed Fairfield County Cookbook.

“Our goal,” said Chamber member Denise Jones, “is to produce a cookbook that is indicative of the cuisine of the County.”

Cookbook sales will serve as a fund raiser for the Chamber. “

The Chamber will use proceeds from cookbook sales to promote Fairfield County through advertising, training and other means,” Jones said.

The deadline date for submitting recipes is June 20. The cookbook is scheduled to print on June 30 and should be on sale around the end of the summer.

A special feature of the cookbook are older recipes from recipe books that originated in Fairfield County – the Bank of Ridgeway Cookbook (published in 1998 to commemorate the bank’s 100 year anniversary), the Ridgeway Cookbook compiled in 1977 by The Ridgeway Garden Club, the “See and Taste” cookbook published in 1986 by the Fairfield County Extension Homemakers Council, the “Recipes We Adore” cookbook distributed in 1978 by Richard Winn Academy PTO, the “Who’s In the Kitchen #2” cookbook compiled in 1995 by Maude F. Timms and Ruth’s Recipes (date unknown) compiled by Ruth Metcalfe, Chairman of the Alter Guild, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgeway.

“If others are available,” Jones said, “we would love it for cooks in the community to bring them to our attention as soon as possible.”

Jones said the cookbooks will be ready for sale about two months after it is submitted for printing.

“We hope to have all the recipe contributors bring their dishes for tasting during a kickoff event for the cookbook sales,” Jones said.

A date and location for the event will be announced later in the summer.

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