Beer & Apple braised pork ribs. Banana Drops. Country Time Pineapple Punch. These are just a few of the recipes that can be found in "Favorite Recipes," a savory selection of recipes by the Mamie A. Warren Senior Center west of Clayton.

The cookbook was put together as a fundraiser for the senior center and has been a success so far with roughly half of the 200 cookbooks printed already sold.

Senior center employees Debra Brown, executive director, and Becky Rash, administrative clerk, said the idea stemmed out from a former employee and friend. Eventually the center decided to give the cookbook a go, and started the process about a year ago.

Recipes were collected and then typed up. The cookbooks have been on sale since before Christmas.

Brown and Rash said recipes were submitted from senior center members, friends and family members, and there's a large variety in the types of recipes in the book.

"We wanted to have a variety in the categories," Rash said. "So if we needed more [recipes] in one category, we reached out until there was a good balance."

From there Rash, spent weeks typing up the 200 recipes at home and at work. The book includes appetizers, drinks, main dishes, desserts, side dishes and more. A neat part of the cookbook Brown pointed out is the "Helpful Hints" printed at the beginning of each new section. There are even tips for buying fresh vegetables and fruit, descriptions of spices, and how to make the perfect pie among other tidbits of information in the cookbook.

The senior center ordered 200 cookbooks and they're about halfway through the order, with a little less than 100 sold thus far.

The senior center is hoping to raise money for a flat screen TV for in the main hall.

Brown and Rash said the TV would be used for movie days, watching special events such as the Olympics, tuning in for breaking news, checking the weather and more.

There's a TV at the senior center now, but Rash said it's small.

The response so far has been good, Rash said: "They enjoy it."

Brown said people who have bought the cookbook are happy with the recipes.

People who want to order the cookbook can go to the senior center or call.

Rash said they've had people not know about the cookbook, but stopped in after seeing the announcement on the sign outside.

The senior center may be halfway through their sales of the cookbook, but there's a chance they'll order more if there's a need for it.

"If we sold them all and people want more, I'm certain we'll order more," Brown said.

Mamie A. Warren Center

ADDRESS 1775 Wheatleys Pond Road, Smyrna

PHONE 653-4078


HOURS 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday


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