The Heart of Cooking ~ A Charity Cookbook

We love to share recipes here at Wildflower Junction. A few months back I was delighted to be invited to take part in a cookbook featuring recipes from 130 authors, which also includes fellow Fillies Elizabeth, Mary, Vicki, and Cheryl St. John. The proceeds from the cookbook go to Snap-4-Kids. With the holidays coming up I figured this would be a great time to share info about the cookbook and Snap-4-Kids. The Heart of Cooking could be a fun gift idea, and all for a super cause 😀

Snap-4-Kids is an organization established to raise money for families of special needs children. Here is their mission statement: “Our Mission is assisting families of children with special needs, especially the physically challenged, in helping their child reach his/her maximum potential through information, referral, education, and modest grants for medical and therapeutic equipment, not covered by health insurance or in the case of no health insurance, throughout the United States, from birth to age 22.  By helping children with special needs in reaching their maximum potential, we are giving them the greatest gift that we can.”

The Heart of Cooking
includes 170 recipes for a variety of food, as well as author pictures and bios. Some of the recipes also include personal stories about the recipes. Click on the cookbook for a list of all the contributing authors, the buy link and more information on the Snap-4-Kids foundation.

It’s likely no surprise my contribution has to do with potatoes (my favorite food!), a recipe I’d been cooking frequently at the time. Now I’m wishing I’d have sent the recipe for YESTERDAY’S MASHED POTATOES, a yummy recipe my mother-in-law turned me onto that could come in handy with holiday leftover mashed potatoes. But since I didn’t, I’ll post it today 🙂


6 cups leftover mashed potatoes (or you can use fresh, sometimes I can’t wait for leftovers)
1 pint sour cream (or plain yogurt)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese

In a medium bowl mix mash potatoes, sour cream and parsley. Set aside. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray. Spread layer of mashed potato-sour cream mixture in casserole then layer of cheddar cheese; repeat. End with topping of remaining grated cheese. Cover and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.

M-m-mmm goodness 😉

Do you have a favorite potato recipe, or perhaps a favorite cookbook we should hunt down?

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23 thoughts on “The Heart of Cooking ~ A Charity Cookbook”

  1. I love all my old Southern Living cookbooks. But I go to all the time. It is like the SL cookbooks but in web form!

    I love roasted potatoes and just discovered organic buttercream potatoes. They live up to their name. I have never had a spud melt in my mouth like these do!

    Great cookbook and cause! Thanks for sharing.

    Peace, Julie

  2. Stacey my cousin lives in Alabama and they make their potatoes like that all the time. I love them so much. Oh man I think I am going to go make some at 7:45 in morning. LOL
    Get idea about cookbook I love cookbooks.

  3. Stacey, I will have to try that recipe! Potatoes, and cheese, two of my favorite things!
    I will have to order a few of those cookbooks! It would make a great gift for some of my foodie friends! 😉
    The Taste Of Home cookbooks are some of my favorites! I also like to find cookbooks from church groups, or charitys, etc. at flea markets and yard sales.
    Looking forward to getting this cookbook that helps such a great cause!

  4. I love this recipe. Fast and delicious. And make it, stick it in the oven to bake and forget it for the most part while you focus on the rest of the meal.
    (I usually make 1/2 recipe)
    Parmesan Potatoes

    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    salt and pepper to taste
    10 potatoes, peeled and cubed
    1/2 cup butter, melted


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    In a bag combine Parmesan cheese, flour, salt and pepper; mix well. Place potatoes in bag and shake to coat.
    Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour in potatoes—including the coating whether it’s stuck to the potatoes or not. Drizzle melted butter over top.
    Bake in preheated oven until potatoes are tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours, turn potatoes over with a spatula once.

    I haven’t made this for a while. Now I’m hungry for it. The potatoes have this wonderful, crispy crust and are tender inside.

  5. That looks like a fun cookbook and I’m going to have to try those potatoes!
    I love the local church and club cookbooks. I have one that has a lot of Mom’s best recipes in it and I turn to it for every holiday and whenever I need to take a dish somewhere.

  6. Hi Brenda! The first time my mom-in-law made those potatoes, I found a new love over regular mashed potatoes 🙂 She likes them because she make them the day before a holiday…I like ’em ’cause they taste like heaven 😉 Hugs!

  7. What a neat idea! And it’s for such a worthy cause. I, too, was once invited to contribute to a cookbook by a whole group of authors and I’m glad I did. I treasure that cookbook. It has some neat recipes in it and it was great publicity.

    And thanks for sharing that leftover potato recipe. I never know what to do with those and usually just throw them out after they sit in my fridge for a few days. This might come in handy for Thanksgiving.

  8. Hi Judy! I have quite a few from church and the church preschool when my boys attended–they always yield some interesting recipes. I have a Campbell’s Soup recipe book I used to use quite a bit 🙂

  9. Suzanne might eventually write that cookbook or combination of cookbook and crafts book. We certainly have been badgering her to write one long enough! At least she’s thinking about it now.

  10. Cookbooks are a major weakness here. Will have to check this one out. I already have a 3 ringed binder with the Fillies’ recipes I have gotten here.
    When we do a rib roast or other “fancy” dinner, I fix a dish similar to yours. Mashed potatoes, sour cream, diced onions, seasoned salt and pepper – all mixed together and baked. It is simple and elegant. If there are leftovers, we add cheese and rebake for another meal.
    I have also taken leftover mashed potatoes, added onion and formed into patties. Fry in butter (or something less fattening) and serve with any type of meat.
    Another quick use if for shepherd’s pie. Put ground beef cooked with onions, mixed vegetables, and either make gravy or add canned in a baking dish and spread mashed potatoes over the top like a crust and bake. A quick, easy dinner.

  11. By the way, mashed/whipped potatoes freeze pretty well. Great for a quick addition to a meal without having to go through the trouble of making them. Microwaves certainly make life easy. After thawing them, you can use them for the cheese casserole or shepherd’s pie, etc.

  12. I, too, love cookbooks. Hi Stacey — great post, by the way. Have you ever read this one: NOURISHING TRADITIONS by Sally Fallon?

    It’s a great one for recovering lost traditions and lost cooking/canning/keeping of food traditions that have been lost in the industrial age. I really highly recommend it.

    When it comes to potatoes, I usually opt for the real sweet potato (not yams, but sweet potatoes). They look similar, yet are packed with a bit more nutrition and as least as far as I’m concerned, they don’t pack on the weight like the regular potatoe does.

    Always watching that weight…

  13. Thanks for that recipe. Go to author she has a cookbook now of some of her readers. Look for mine in there for an easy meat dish.

  14. I don’t follow recipes very well as I never have all that is needed, but those potatoes looked so yummy and easy!

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