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We wanted to make a tribute to the woman who has cooked over 9,000 meals over the past 35 years at our Club! Lillian, who turned 90 this year on Easter Sunday, recently retired from primary cooking duties. She agreed to allow us to write down some of her most popular recipes to share with others.

I retired from 35 years with Chenango County Mental Health in May, 2017. Lillian retired from her volunteer role at the same time, and was facing retirement with trepidation. We decided to start our new paths into retirement together by creating this cookbook. To loosely paraphrase one of my favorite all-time movies, The Commitments, “It feels much better to be retired cookbook authors than to just be retired.”

We wanted to make a tribute to the woman who has cooked over 9,000 meals over the past 35 years at our Club! Lillian, who turned 90 this year on Easter Sunday, recently retired from primary cooking duties. She agreed to allow us to write down some of her most popular recipes to share with others.

I retired from 35 years with Chenango County Mental Health in May, 2017. Lillian retired from her volunteer role at the same time, and was facing retirement with trepidation. We decided to start our new paths into retirement together by creating this cookbook. To loosely paraphrase one of my favorite all-time movies, The Commitments, “It feels much better to be retired cookbook authors than to just be retired.”
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Lillian's Baked Macaroni and Cheese
 
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Halupkis or Pigs in a Blanket
 
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Haluskis
 
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Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs for 40
 
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Lillian's Lasagna
 
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The Club's Meat loaf
 
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Lillian's Southern Fried Chicken
 
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Scalloped potatoes and Ham
 
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Cream of Broccoli Soup, with variations
 
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Hearty Chicken or Beef Soup
 
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Homemade Pizza for Forty
 
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Spiedies
 
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Baked Beans with Bacon
 
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Chili with Meat
 
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Vegetarian Chili
 
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Tim's Beanless Chili
 
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Tim's Stir Fry
 
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Tim's Easy Shepherd's Pie
 
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Ham Salad
 
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Taco Salad
 
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Main Dish Salad with Chicken
 
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Lillian's Potato Salad
 
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Macaroni Salad
 
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Beef Stew
 
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Wanda’s Texas Sheet Cake
 
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Patty Masters' Family Cookie Recipes: Toll House Cookies
 
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Patty Masters' Family Cookie Recipes: M&M Cookies
 
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Patty Masters' Family Cookie Recipes: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
 
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Patty Masters' Family Cookie Recipes: Peanut Butter Cookies
 
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Wanda's Kolachkes
 
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Sausage, Peppers & Onions for 40
 
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Pasta Salad for 40
 



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Lillian's Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Holding back some of the sauce until it is served allows this dish to be extra-creamy and cheesy!

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Halupkis or Pigs in a Blanket
There is a strong tradition of ethnic cooking in New York State's Triple Cities region, which includes Endicott, Johnson City and Binghamton. Halupkis are a local favorite.

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Haluskis
Another great ethnic dish from the Triple Cities.

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Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs for 40
Fridays are Pot Luck Days at the Club. In expectation of this, we always try to cook a bit more the other four days of the week so that we can have a variety of leftovers for Pot Luck Day. For example, we might make extra spaghetti sauce on Wednesday, to ensure we don’t run out that day, and to have extra for Friday.

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Lillian's Lasagna
This is considered a very special treat at Club and is often used for special occasions.

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The Club's Meat loaf
Always a satisfying meal!

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Lillian's Southern Fried Chicken
Very popular dish at Club! General Prep Tip from Lillian: it is often necessary to hold food over until serving time. Lillian recommends spraying a large baking pan with baking spray, add about a cup of water to the bottom of the pan and then arrange cooked servings on end in the pan and cover with foil. Place in low heat oven, 275-300 degrees, and the water will evaporate, and prevent the food from burning.

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Scalloped potatoes and Ham
A bit about Lillian: 35 years of service and 9,000 Club meals cooked. Lillian recently celebrated her 90th birthday! She was born April 16th, 1927, on Easter Sunday and that’s why her mother and father named her Lily or Lillian. Lillian says “that it was a privilege to be an Easter baby.” This year, 2017, was the first year since her birth that her birthday fell on Easter Sunday.

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Cream of Broccoli Soup, with variations
Great for a Central NY State winter!

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Hearty Chicken or Beef Soup
Cures the common cold!

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Homemade Pizza for Forty
We get lots of volunteer help with this one to add different toppings, so it's a nice community meal.

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Spiedies
A great CNY favorite, popular at fairs and festivals and backyard BBQ's. Saladmida's sauce is sugar-free, gluten-free, and contains no artificial flavors or preservatives. Lillian recalls that her father-in-law, Papa Gance, started an outdoor charcoal-grilled Spiedie pit in Endicott, NY, outside of their restaurant. The aromas were amazing, and IBM employees would stop after their shift, sometimes at 1 AM, to pick up some spiedies.

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Baked Beans with Bacon
Great for a busy day, economical and always a crowd pleaser.

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Chili with Meat
A filling meal.

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Vegetarian Chili
Satisfying, and meat-free.

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Tim's Beanless Chili
Delicious and filling!

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Tim's Stir Fry
Tim has brought his own creative touch to feeding a hungry crowd at the Club!

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Tim's Easy Shepherd's Pie
A stick-to-you-ribs filling meal

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Ham Salad
It's good to have some recipes that don't require staying in a hot kitchen on a warm day!

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Taco Salad
Offers the opportunity for personalizing one's dish!

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Main Dish Salad with Chicken
Healthy, especially with the addition of the chick peas, which are high in protein.

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Lillian's Potato Salad
It's our favorite potato salad!

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Macaroni Salad
Delicious hot weather side dish!

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Beef Stew
Some days are just beef stew days--reminds us all of home.

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Wanda’s Texas Sheet Cake
Wanda Fiaschi, a Mental Health Therapy Aide in Chenango County in the 70's and 80's, served as chief cook for the early Club, and nurtured many clients and staff. She has passed on, but Lillian and Terry, and the other old-timers, remember her fondly. Delicious frosting, and feeds a crowd. Note: this is a very popular cake (also similar to Lunch Lady brownies), and there are some excellent youtube videos on making this cake with similar ingredients.

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Patty Masters' Family Cookie Recipes: Toll House Cookies
Who doesn't love Toll House cookies, with those melty bits of chocolate, fresh from the oven?

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Patty Masters' Family Cookie Recipes: M&M Cookies
A sweet treat.

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Patty Masters' Family Cookie Recipes: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Reminds of us our grandmothers.

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Patty Masters' Family Cookie Recipes: Peanut Butter Cookies
Just delicious.

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Wanda's Kolachkes
Brings back lots of sweet memories of holidays past.

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Sausage, Peppers & Onions for 40
Reminds us of great times in Central New York, dining in the park by the grill!

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Pasta Salad for 40
Tasty and filling.

We wanted to make a tribute to the woman who has cooked over 9,000 meals over the past 35 years at our Club! Lillian, who turned 90 this year on Easter Sunday, recently retired from primary cooking duties. She agreed to allow us to write down some of her most popular recipes to share with others. I retired from 35 years with Chenango County Mental Health in May, 2017. Lillian retired from her volunteer role at the same time, and was facing retirement with trepidation. We decided to start our new paths into retirement together by creating this cookbook. To loosely paraphrase one of my favorite all-time movies, The Commitments, “It feels much better to be retired cookbook authors than to just be retired.”

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We wanted to make a tribute to the woman who has cooked over 9,000 meals over the past 35 years at our Club! Lillian, who turned 90 this year on Easter Sunday, recently retired from primary cooking duties. She agreed to allow us to write down some of her most popular recipes to share with others. I retired from 35 years with Chenango County Mental Health in May, 2017. Lillian retired from her volunteer role at the same time, and was facing retirement with trepidation. We decided to start our new paths into retirement together by creating this cookbook. To loosely paraphrase one of my favorite all-time movies, The Commitments, “It feels much better to be retired cookbook authors than to just be retired.”