Bloomington, IN, December 17, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Aunt Alice’s Goodies will fill every tummy
Cooks will love to bake some of the best Christmas cookies in Chicago
In Aunt Alice’s Goodies, author Alice Stevens cooks up some of the most scrumptious recipes she learned during her upbringing in Chicago and does it with a folksy tone and for a good cause.
Stevens shares a short story with each of the more than 75 recipes that draw the want-to-be cooks into her experiences in life, ranging from her being involved in the hippie sub-culture to being politically active and a single mother. After reviewing her dog-eared, batter-splattered recipe cards with all of the chicken-scratched handwriting, she decided it was time to commit them to a better form for everyone to indulge and delight in.
A key section that all readers will especially enjoy is the Christmas Cookies section of Aunt Alice’s Goodies. Stevens shares some key secrets and revelations to make every cook’s cookie collection the envy of the family and the neighborhood including Tip 3: Always use 100% butter. Christmas is no time for margarine.
“One day I started to crave peanut butter cookies the way my mother made them,” Stevens said. “Then weeks later, I had a dream about the hard fudge we used to make back in the 1950s when I was growing up on the South Side of Chicago. And what ever happened to mayonnaise cake? My psyche was trying to tell me something. And this book is the result. What my psyche has called me to do is gather my goodies into this cookbook- to pass on the recipes that my family members have used for their celebrations through many decades of the 20th century.”
From specialty drinks to breakfast treats and cakes to pies (especially the award-winning blueberry type), Stevens’ goodies will warm hearts and stomachs in a traditional style, including a hippie favorite -- carrot cake.
In addition, all of the proceeds of the book will go to the charitable organization, 826 Chicago, a non-profit dedicated to supporting students age 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and helping teachers inspire their students to write.
About the author
Alice Stevens grew up as a member of a large Irish family from the South Side of Chicago. She received her master’s in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has worked as a professional writer and editor for a number of Chicago-based and national companies. She lives with her husband in Chicago’s South Loop.
For more information contact: Travis Wilson