New Castle News

Lugene Hudson

June 29, 2012

Culinary Conversation: Some favorite recipes from Jo Ann McCready

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County is fortunate to have lots of small communities, each with its own special attributes.

Many of those areas not only boast wonderful cooks but have the cookbooks to back those bragging rights.

Wampum is one such place.

And Jo Ann McCready, district manager of the Lawrence County Conservation District and New Galilee resident, is proud to be part of revitalization efforts in the southern part of the county.

Wampum Community Revitalization published a booklet called “Wampum Heritage Cookbook.”

Jo Ann sent me some copies of favorites and I was so appreciative to receive them.

What I like about this cookbook is that it also features old photographs such as a 1950 view of the P&LE freight station, which is still standing, the former Wampum Theatre, an 1980s Christmas parade — an Italy’s can be seen in the background — and the Wampum Gym, which opened in 1942. There’s also a panoramic scene of Wampum, date unknown.

The cookbook has another unique feature. Recipes, which are in memory of someone, have a drawing of a candle next to the title.

Jo Ann highlighted a few of her favorites and noted that her husband’s grandmother, Elsie McCready, lived to be more than 100.

“She had made these buns for as long as she could remember,” Jo Ann said.

As usual, when given multiple contributions, I had difficulty selecting just a few.

But with my basil in the herb garden now growing strong, I thought Donna Kuiken’s bow ties with tomatoes and basil would be a great choice for those of you who also love fresh basil. And I’ve also included the buns, Linda Lutz’s cream puff dessert and Emelene Dietrick’s Italian potato salad.

Thanks Jo Ann. And thanks to all those who made this cookbook a success.

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