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  • Kristin Webb

A Recipe for Success

Updated: Feb 8

Last July, Nicholas, a junior at Interlake High School, contacted Eastside Friends of Seniors to see if we could help him with a innovative idea.  Nicholas wanted to connect with seniors in the community to create a cookbook so that their favorite recipes could be preserved and passed on to future generations, keeping alive our diverse cultural heritage. He envisioned including a bit of information about each recipe contributor, along with any interesting stories they might like to share.  When completed, he  planned to sell hard and electronic copies of the cookbook, with all proceeds donated to EFS.

We thought this was a lovely idea and reached out to our clients and volunteers for recipes.  We also connected Nicholas with Janet Claypool and Ann Lamb, EFS supporters living in the Providence Point community, who did a fantastic job reaching out to their neighbors to help with project. Nicholas provided online and paper forms for participants to submit their recipes and other information. He and a few friends then compiled the recipes and stories into a 97-page book which was published in September 2023. He printed 100 cookbooks, and also created a downloadable electronic version.

Nicholas sold 90 cookbooks in just a few months. After deducting the cost of printing the cookbooks, he donated more than $1,000 in sales to Eastside Friends of Seniors! We are so proud of and thankful for Nicholas's efforts. This project highlights and preserves the diverse backgrounds, stories and tradtions from the older adults in our community.

If you would like to purchase the e-cookbook, click here.

We have a limited number of physical cookbooks for purchase. If you are interested, please email us at


We've shared just one of the many delicious recipes below.

Bread Pudding

"Our first stop after immigrating to the USA was a farm in North Dakota. This was served with the midday meal. It became a family favorite!"

2 cups milk- heat to scalding

4 cups cubed bread or coarse bread crumbs

¼ cup butter (melted)

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

½ cup raisins

1 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg

Pour hot milk over bread. Let it cool to room temperature. Add in beaten eggs and all other ingredients. Pour into buttered 1 ½ quart casserole. Bake at 350F degrees for 40-45 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Serve hot or cold with or without a pour of cream.

Recipe by Lloyd van Velthuyzen


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