Getting Cooking in the New Year with the Robbinsville Community Cookbook

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ — Ring in the new year with new recipes from fellow friends and neighbors in Robbinsville. The Ability Tree Community Cookbook is ready for cooks to find their newest favorite recipes passed down from one generation to the next by local families. 

The 76-page cookbook is chock-full of 135 recipes ranging from appetizers, entrées and desserts along with kitchen and recipe tips and guides. Gluten free and vegetarian dishes are included making recipes available for everyone. Readers will enjoy recipes from many cultures which reflect the diversity found in Robbinsville’s community.

Recipes were collected by Ability Tree volunteer, and Robbinsville High School student, Amanda Steele beginning in spring of 2020. She said she wanted to “do more to benefit both the charity and (her) community” and was inspired to start the cookbook since her family loves to cook.   

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Cooking is an important part of the Steele household as is her passion for her community.  At the time when recipes were being collected, Steele told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that “this cookbook is a great way to unite the community using food, a central part of all of our lives, cultures, and histories. By sending in a recipe, community members would not only be sharing a part of their lives with their neighbors, but benefiting a truly deserving charity.”

All proceeds for the sale of the cookbook directly to the Ability Tree NJ, a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps to create inclusive, supportive communities where anyone affected by disability can enjoy healthy relationships in their neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and places of worship. Ability Tree reaches out to families with special needs through recreation, education, support, and training (R.E.S.T.). Programs include recreation and respite nights for children with special needs and their siblings, sibling scholarships for graduating seniors, and helping community organizations and events become more accessible. 

The Robbinsville Community Cookbook can be purchased on Ability Tree’s website for $18. 

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