WBU employees, alums compiling cookbook

PLAINVIEW - What do 500 recipes have to do with a cabin in the mountains? Plenty, if you're part of the Wayland Baptist University family.

The university employees and alums are currently compiling a cookbook of favorite recipes to be sold as a fundraiser. Proceeds from the book sales will cover the cost of refurbishing and remodeling the school's cabin at the Glorieta Conference Center in New Mexico.

The cabin serves as a lodging resource for university employees who may be attending a conference at Glorieta or who are just vacationing there. Employees pay a fee to use the facility, which has a large living room area, two bedroom spaces and kitchenettes. With time and use, of course, the cabin has grown to need repairs and updating of the furnishings and décor.

"I spent some time at Glorieta last summer and I could see things that needed improvement. I also noted that there were some recipes in the kitchen pinned inside the cabinet doors and knew that was some great history and memories there," said Kita Hargrove, who helped spearhead the project. "I wanted to do a fundraiser for the cabin and got the idea to do a cookbook. We've just gone from there."

Hargrove, who is the administrative assistant for the Division of Religion and Philosophy, said she also sees the recipe collection not only as a cooking resource but also as a history book of sorts.

"If you look at the cookbook as a family tree and where all the roots of the university go and how far it reaches, it's pretty amazing," she said. "We've had missionaries overseas and former professors and folks from all over the world. I have come to love the university even more as I've made connections with recipe contributors and their connections to this great university."

Wayland alums or former employees who wish to contribute recipes may get instructions to do so by contacting Hargrove at 291-1160. Recipes will be accepted through this week or until the number required to send the book to production.

Cookbooks may be purchased through Sept. 19 for an advance discount of $12.50. After the books are printed and ready for distribution - estimated to be in November or early December - the price will be $13 each.