CHESTER —“190 Years and Still Cooking.”
That’s the name of the new cookbook published in December by the Chester-Shade Historical Association and available for purchase now.
Cleo Smith and Pat Holter were chairpersons for the project which is geared to raise money for maintenance of the 1823 Chester Courthouse, the oldest standing courthouse in the state of Ohio, and its companion building, The Academy and Teachers Seminary, and pay for historical programming and preservation of artifacts.
The cookbook is dedicated in memory of Elsie Folmer and Edith Sisson, both of whom were members of Chester-Shade.
Recipes from here, there and everywhere, mostly popular in days gone by, fill the pages of the recipe book.Most of them came from members and friends of the Chester-Shade Historical Society. Some of those collecting recipes claim to have had “memories awakened by those who have shared recipes from people of the past.”
The recipe book is said to “combine the practical with the unusual, to provide an entertaining as well as a useful book.” It concludes with a poem (author unnamed) “Sprinkled with Love, Garnished with Care, Prepared with Joy, For Generations to Share.”
As a part of the preface to the cookbook is the history of the Chester Courthouse built 190 years ago. Its restoration began in 1995 and was completed in 2001. Also included, the history of the Academy which was used as an institution of learning from 1840 to 1932, where restoration began in 2003 and was completed in 2008.
The cookbook can be purchased for $20 at the Chester Courthouse, from a member of the Chester-Shade Historical Association.
This is the second cookbook to be compiled for publication by Chester Shade. The first one was published 1n 1975.