The Longbranch Improvement Club’s “Savories and Sweets, South Sound Treats” cookbook is ready for sale.

Twenty-three people submitted 60 names in the contest to name the book.

Mandy Peterson won the contest. Peterson, a relative of one of the LIC members, does not live on the Key Peninsula, but was thrilled that one of her several submissions was selected. She was presented with a basketful of goodies and an apron sewed by Nancy Carr, embroidered with the cookbook’s name on it.

Tempting recipes were tested and passed with flying colors by the Longbranch Improvement Club’s cookbook committee headed by Barb Floyd.

Additional volunteers, Peg Bingham, Barb Doat, Sharon Gearhart, Connie Hildahl, Karen Johnson and Barb Van Bogart put much effort and countless hours to create the book. The group spent time cooking, typing, proofreading and organizing recipes to guarantee their cookbook would be a first-rate project.

The electronic proof containing original artwork and local history in addition to 386 recipes was printed in August by the Cookbook Division of Morris Publishing in Nebraska.

Committee members said they were quite pleased with the book and several members proofread it before the final printing.

The majority of the more than 130 contributors were not LIC members. Most of the recipes were tested before acceptance. Comments about tested recipes are included in cookbook notes, Floyd said.

The book is divided into eight food categories and also includes a 12-page section on measurement substitutions and baking tips. Two separate indexes list recipes by title or contributor.

“The committee members are all psyched to have it in hand,” Floyd said.

The book was first offered for sale at the LIC Spaghetti Social, Sept. 21.

It costs $20 and is available at Sunnycrest Nursery and Florial, The Blend Wine Shop and at the LIC during its 7 p.m., third-Wednesday meetings.

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