Recipe Help Request

August 25, 2008 by Michelle

You all know I love to cook. And that I have a son who attends a special needs preschool. I’m hoping that you guys can help me out with both, sorta.

The former PTO president and treasurer, along with some other parents in the area, have started a new foundation for parents of special needs children from age 3 to 21. The school district does a pretty good job of providing the in school support, but this foundation focuses on all those hours outside school – helping parents navigate the system(s); providing recommendations for pediatricians, therapists, haircuts and the like from providers who do well with particular needs; setting up older and younger families to mentor each other; and more.

This foundation is just starting up and doesn’t have much money raised yet. To this end, they’re doing a few things (including a Guitar Hero tournament if you live near Chicago and want to play!). Where I’m asking for your help is with a cook book that the foundation will be selling later this fall.

They are searching high and low for good recipes to make into a cook book. I know everyone has that one recipe you use as your “go to” recipe when you need to make something for a party or special guests. Right now, we have 96 recipes, and we’re looking to get over 700.

If you have a recipe that you’d be willing to share for this venture, please email me or post it in the comments below (I will be sure that it is properly attributed — by which I mean the recipe will say that you are the author; if you can email me your first and last name, that would be great!). I have several that I’m going to put in, and I’ll make sure I post those here, too, for you to (I hope!) enjoy.

And if you are interested in purchasing any once we get them published, let me know and I’ll arrange it. I don’t know yet when they’ll start taking orders or the exact cost, but I’d guess that it will be well under $20 — I’ll update when I know more. If you know other bloggers who are good cooks, feel free to send them my way to contribute their recipes, too!

Thanks everyone. You have no idea how much this foundation means to the parents in our area!



  • Jules

    Hi there! Feel free to use the Microwaved Chocolate Chip Banana Bread one. i posted it last week, I think. If you like it, you can copy it, or I could send you a copy. Let me know.
    Good luck with your fabulous venture!

  • Mabunny

    I will definitely send you some recipes! Some real tried and true favorites!
    and I want a cookbook. Just keep us informed of cost and such!

  • edbteach

    I have a recipie for Key Lime Cake on my blog in July. If you can’t find it, let me know and I will e-mail it to you.

    Good luck with your project!

    Teacher Mom

  • Michelle

    Jules – I’m definitely going for the chocolate chip banana recipe. I need to try that sometime soon. I know where it is on your blog and will grab it. THANK YOU!

    Mabunny – Please do! We have until September 14 to get the recipes submitted. And in talking to the woman chairing this, the book is likely to cost $20. I’ll let you know when I have official details. MUCH APPRECIATED!

    Elizabeth – That sounds yummy! I *love* key lime, and I’ll definitely have to test it out. I’m sure I can find it. Please let me know how you want your name listed (each recipe is attributed with the author, e.g., John Doe, friend of Special Voices). YOU ROCK!

  • House of Jules

    Hey Michelle! Saw your comment on my sister's Olympics dinner post & would love to contribute the Guinness cake recipe to the special needs cookbook! I'll have a post up on my blog with all the info later this week.
    House of Jules

  • Angela

    Hi Michelle!

    I’m so sorry I’m just now reading this. My Dad has been in town (staying thru labor day) since Sat. so I have not had much computer time this week. More guests coming this weekend, LOL, so I may be a little out of touch until our guests leave. You are certainly welcome to grab any recipes from my site that you think would be good for the cookbook, or depending on how much time we have, I could send you some particular ones probably next week sometime. Just let me know how you prefer to handle. Hugs and thanks for thinking of my food! I’m honored to be asked! :-))

  • ~Janet~

    Thanks for dropping by my blog via BATW. Feel free to use the recipe for Brownie Cobbler and Whipped Cream. 🙂

  • Michelle

    Jules (2) – Thank you, thank you! That cake looked SO yum! I’ll look for the post and grab the recipe. THANKS AGAIN!

    Angela – No worries on the houseguests (you entertain more than ANYone I know). I’ll look around and let you know what recipes I’m borrowing. What name do you want your recipes to appear under? THANKS!

    Janet – Welcome! BATW rocks! The brownie cobbler looks great, so thank you so much for letting me use it. YOU’RE WONDERFUL!

  • edbteach

    michelle You can use Elizabeth Blair for the Key Lime Cake recipie.

    Teacher Mom/edbteach

  • Swistle

    I’ll link to this post this weekend and see if we can stir up some interest.

  • Michelle

    Swistle – Thanks, that would be great! And you have some great recipes yourself, too…. THANKS!

  • emily

    Hi Michelle! Saw Swistle’s post and thought I might be able to help. Here’s a link to a recipe I love that I posted on my blog, hope you can use it:


  • emily

    I’m not sure if that link will work – if not, email me! [email protected]

    Good luck!!

  • carrie

    Hi Michelle! Coming from Swistle, too…I have a yummy cake recipe – it sounds labor intensive, but it isn’t – it is a great alternative to carrot/spice cake, so rich, so good! You can find it at

    Also Stacy over at has some great recipes on Fridays…I’ve made some of her stuff like the Chicky enchiladas…yum!

    Good luck!

  • CassJustCurious

    Hi Michelle- Swistle sent me. Feel free to use any of the recipes I’ve posted to Chop. Stir. Mix. Good luck and let us know where we can buy one of these cookbooks!

  • greedygrace

    You can use the recipe I submitted for the the SITS recipe contest:

    What a great idea for a fundraiser! Good luck!

  • Susie

    That is a really great idea for a fundraiser!!

    I have so many great recipes at And you can use any of those. But, if I had to narrow it down for you, I would have to say that the Grilled Strawberry Shortcake is my best go-to for entertaining. It’s quick, it’s easy and it is really elegant. Email me if you have any questions: [email protected]

  • Debbie Y.


    Recipe of Mila Petty

    ½ cup Cocoa
    1 cup Sugar
    ¼ cup Cornstarch
    3 Eggs
    2 cups Milk
    2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
    ¾ teaspoons Salt


    3 egg whites
    ½ teaspoon baking powder
    6 tablespoons sugar

    Mix and sift cocoa, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add unbeaten egg yolks with milk and stir well. Cook in a double boiler until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from eye of stove. Add vanilla and pour into a baked pie crust. Cook in oven 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

    Cover with meringue made by beating egg whites until stiff and adding ½ teaspoon baking powder and six tablespoons sugar. Brown in oven.

    Submitted on August 31, 2008
    by her posthumous granddaughter-in-law, Debbie Yarbrough

  • JackeeG4glamorous

    Hi, I’m coming from Swistle…Give me a few hours and I’ll post TWO related recipes on Hot Wings Appetizers that you can use. Both taste Awesome! and I won a recipe contest with one…

    Best Wishes

    Jackee at

  • Paul

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  • HollyLynne

    I’m also here via Swistle! Feel free to use any of these:

    Carrot and Toaste Cumin Soup:

    Black Bean Salad:

    Polenta Bruschetta:

    My name is Holly Mix

    Good luck w/ your cookbook!

  • Stacie

    Saw your name on SITs and wanted to stop by to offer a recipe for your fundraiser.

    This is from my Gooseberry Patch Cookbook, Merry Christmas. This is a great recipe! (I’ve chgd. it a bit – but so yummy!)

    1 lb. hamburger
    1 pkg taco seasoning mix
    1 14 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 cup mayo
    1 cup salsa
    1 bag corn tortilla chips
    1 10 oz. bag lettuce
    1/4 cup chopped red onion
    1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
    1/4 cup chopped green onions

    Brown hamburger. Drain. Add taco seasoning and prepare according to directions on taco seasoning packet.

    Stir in black beans. Set aside.

    Whisk together mayonnaise and salsa. Set aside.

    Place tortilla chips on the bottom of baking dish. Top with lettuce/cheese.

    Top with ground beef mixture.

    Drizzle with mayonnaise-salsa dressing.


    Top with chopped onion, shredded cheese and green onion.

  • AngiDe- Nana's Box

    Here’s something a bit different, but easy to make. No offense if you don’t use it. It’s a samoan dish and my 3 yr old LOVES it!

    Pani Popo

    * 1 (12 ounce) package frozen dinner rolls, thawed, and let rise
    * 1 (10 ounce) can coconut milk
    * 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
    * 3/4 cup white sugar, or to taste


    1. Coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and add rolls. Set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled, up to 2 hours.
    2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together the coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk and sugar. Pour this mixture over the top of the rolls as evenly as you can.
    3. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes before separating and serving.

  • Jamy

    Hey SITSta! I’d love to help with your recipe needs! I have at least 10 I can think of to send you. I must be an idiot because I don’t know where to find your e-mail address, but if you want to leave it on a comment on my blog, I’ll delete it right away if you want. Then I’ll just e-mail you all the recipes. Thanks! And good luck with the cookbook!

  • Mama's Losin' It

    Wow look at all the feedback you’ve gotten so far! That’s great!! And of course you know you are welcome to any and all the recipes I’ve used on The Blog. 🙂 I hope they help…

  • Swati


    Here via Swistle’s blog. With 700 recipes planned, I don’t know if you’d have space for – non American ones, but it seemed like a possibility, so I thought you could try this Indian dish called “matar ghugni”. It is something pretty simple, and it versatile as well. Since I don’t usually measure it, the amounts below are rather a rough guide to your taste –

    Shelled peas 1 cup
    Peeled garlic cut in small pieces 3/4 tbsp
    Salt to taste
    Pepper optional
    Unflavoured cooking oil (traditionally made with mustard oil but that is too strong for most people)

    Heat 1tbsp oil in a wok/kadhai/pan with lid – amount is obviously less if you are using a non stick pan. Add the garlic before it gets to smoke. Let it heat through for half to one minute, and add the peas just as it starts to turn golden. Flavour with salt and pepper (if desired), cover with a lid which is well fitted but not too tight, and let it cook on low medium heat, stirring occasionally. It is done when the peas are soft and just beginning to squish.

    It can be served as a component of any Indian meal – with rotis, parathas, rice and pulses, or it can be mashed up for kids who don’t want their peas to be extra sweet. Mix with some lightly fried crushed rice (chiwra) and its a snack or breakfast dish. Add thinly sliced potatoes when cooking to make a more substantial ‘subzi’. Let cool and mash and use as stuffing for a pea paratha. Decrease the amount of garlic and don’t let the peas cook that much for a side dish with a heavy beef main course.

    If you want to include it, contact me through my blog 🙂

  • Stacy

    I put up a recipe every week, take a look and use what you can. Some of them come from other websites, so I am not sure if you can use those, but some are mine.

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