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April 12, 2024

Cookbooks: Culinary Stories at Rock Creek

Category: Culinary

Author: Molly Seher, Culinary Director

For numerous chefs, there exists a pivotal cookbook that served as the catalyst for their culinary journey. This single book ignited an idea, unlocking a passion for cooking they may not have realized they possessed.

Cookbooks transcend mere collections of recipes; they serve as windows into cultures, histories, and personal narratives. With each page turn, a new adventure, tradition, or innovative technique unfolds.

Every recipe and cookbook, whether passed down through generations or reimagined, enriches our culinary culture at Rock Creek Senior Living. Exploring culinary resources nurtures and evolves our love for food and cooking.

Feast your eyes on a vibrant plate of poached pear salad, elegantly displayed on a counter, promising a delightful culinary experience.

My current cookbook collection contains quite a few volumes I’ve acquired over the last few years. Many of them feature recipes from Betty Crocker, reflecting my love for baking. However, my favorite cookbook is titled “Better Homes New Cookbook.” My mother frequently used it when cooking while I was growing up, and seeing it open on her kitchen counter is a core memory for me.

Recipe Card - Chicken Pot Pie Mom Style

I appreciate the variety of options that cookbooks offer. They present numerous recipes I would never have come up with on my own, so having a book full of creativity right in front of me is incredibly rewarding.

My mom passed down her best French silk pie recipe, which uses a graham cracker crust instead of a pastry crust. Additionally, one of my favorite recipes that I’ve developed is snickerdoodle banana cake, combining the flavors of banana bread and snickerdoodle cookies to create a delightful treat.

This recipe holds a special place among my favorite dishes.

Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

  • 1 ½ c brown sugar 
  • ½ c sugar 
  • ½ soft butter 
  • 1 ½ t vanilla 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 t cinnamon 
  • 2 c flour 
  • 1 T 1 t baking powder 
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 cups peeled and diced apples, coated in 1 T flour to prevent sinking while baking 
  1. Cream sugars and butter until soft and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs one by one, then vanilla extract.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients until fully incorporated, fold in diced apples.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. 

Generational recipes or new culinary creations can spark nostalgia and inspire our cooking journey. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook, we all have that one foolproof recipe. Don’t overlook the power of beloved cookbooks and their stories. Keep sharing and savoring the diverse flavors that await us.

Rock Creek Senior Living in Ankeny, IA offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Mercy One Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Briarwood Golf, The District Shopping Center, Saylorville Lake Marina, Big Creek State Park, and Ankeny Community Theater.

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