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Sanibel’s Melting Pot needs more recipes

By Staff | Jan 26, 2011

It’s been almost two months since CC Caldwell sent out the call for recipes.

Your appetizers and entress, your soups and salads, your desserts and side dishes, Caldwell says she needs them all — as soon as possible.

The Sanibel’s Melting Pot cookbook committee — made up of Caldwell, Sharon Corbett, Myra Legg and Carol Reed — hopes to collect enough recipes to publish a special community collection which, when sold, will raise funds for Community Housing and Resources (CHR) of Sanibel and Friends in Service Here (FISH) of Sanibel.

The cookbook project started last year when Caldwell, a volunteer with FISH and CHR resident, mentioned to another volunteer that she used to be in the restaurant business. The interaction prompted the suggestion that Caldwell should compile her own recipe book.

Eventually, Caldwell assembled a committee and pitched the idea of a fundraising cookbook to the Sanibel-Captiva Zonta Club, who agreed to help the committee organize a plan for publishing the book.

“We started collecting towards the end of November, and in the beginning we got lots of recipes. Then they just kind of stopped,” Caldwell said. “Im hoping to have everything ready by the end of April — but I need a lot of recipes.”

Currently, Caldwell has collected 40 recipes, but she’s hoping to amass at least 400 recipes by the end of season.

Which is why Caldwell said she needs any and all islanders, Southwest Florida locals and visitors to start sending out their favorite recipes.

“People can submit more than one recipe — we need appetizers, entrees, side dishes, desserts, soups, salads, everything. We really want this to be a first-class cookbook,” Caldwell said, noting that she has a simple form that contributors can easily fill out and submit.

Caldwell is also searching for sponsors.

For more information and to submit recipes, contact CC Caldwell (239-220-9280, cccaldwell24@comcast.net) or Sharon Corbett (239-898-8294, sharonfishercorbett@yahoo.com).