Delectable appetizers. Made-from-scratch desserts. Traditional comfort food like grandma used to make.

Last year, Barbara Cleeland, a volunteer at Homeland Center, spearheaded the creation of a cookbook to commemorate the non-profit’s 150th anniversary.

“Since we created one for the 125th anniversary, I suggested the idea at one of our development committee meetings,” she says. “A cookbook committee consisting of six members, and me as chair, had the task to make it happen.”

While most of the 185 recipes in the 86-page book are new, a few are from the 125th anniversary edition that Barbara and her committee just couldn’t leave out.

“I personally recommend the Pasta Ala Vodka,” Barbara says with a smile. “That one is mine and it is one of my family’s favorites.”

The cookbook, titled Heritage Recipes from Homeland Center Cookbook, costs $25 and all proceeds benefit the Homeland Center Endowment Fund.

“The Endowment Fund is used to assist residents who have run out of money to pay for their services here at Homeland, keeping with the founder’s tradition of never asking anyone to leave due to financial distress,” Barbara says. “No one knows which residents are in need, as it is kept strictly confidential.”

Before the 150th celebration comes to a close this spring, make sure you purchase the cookbook while copies are still available. To make your purchase, please click here.

After living in Los Angeles, California for over four decades, Barbara Cleeland moved to the Harrisburg region in 2003 to be closer to her sister, as she was receiving care at Homeland Center. After her sister passed away, Barbara was asked to be a volunteer in the Development Office and has been assisting Homeland Center as a volunteer since 2006; she also began serving on the Board of Managers in 2007.

 

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