I am not one to turn down a good meal, probably because I lack creativity when it comes to orchestrating a delectable feast.
So, I am thankful to those who engineer recipes and publish cookbooks for people like me who need direction when they're set loose in a kitchen.
Now there is a cookbook in the planning stages that will benefit the efforts of Carroll County Food Sunday.
Carroll County Food Sunday is a nonprofit organization located in Westminster, Taneytown and Sykesville to serve people in need throughout the county. The organization has been operating since 1981.
During the first quarter of 1995, Carroll County Food Sunday served 3,510 households, which translates into 9,936 people.
A cookbook committee has been formed and recipes are being sought so the organization can continue assisting those needy families.
Karen Blandford, the committee's chairwoman, explained how the idea for the "Sunday Dinner" cookbook originated.
"I've always harbored a secret fantasy to write a cookbook," she said. "Working in government and doing volunteer work, I thought this was a good way to not only realize my fantasy but raise money for Food Sunday."
Ms. Blandford said her committee will begin accepting recipe ideas from the public immediately.
The committee specifically is looking for full-course dinner ideas that include an appetizer, salad, entree, fruits, vegetables, a grain and dessert.
"As it is planned right now, the cookbook will be in a menu format and would describe how to prepare each course," Ms. Blandford said.
The cookbook committee also is soliciting individuals who are willing to volunteer their kitchens to test recipes.
"When we have recipes we are interested in, we want to make sure that all the instructions make sense and the recipe is intact," Ms. Blandford said. "We want to make sure that everything comes out the way it is intended."
When the cookbook is completed, copies will be available at Locust Books in Westminster.
Anyone interested in submitting their Sunday dinner recipes or volunteering as a test kitchen should contact Ms. Blandford at 848-5069 or 795-1633.
Recipes should be mailed to: Karen Blandford, 5417 Emerald Drive, Sykesville 21784.
Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.,don't miss the Reese Flea Market and Craft Show on the carnival grounds at the Reese fire station.
The flea market, sponsored by the Ladies' Auxiliary, will feature more than 250 vendors displaying and selling crafts, antiques and a huge variety of flea market items.
Food concessions will provide market-goers with a selection of breakfast sandwiches, lunch foods and home-baked goods.
Admission and parking are free.
It's already under way, but here's a quick reminder about the Carroll County Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carroll County Ag Center.
All sorts of seasonal produce, crafts, flowers, gifts and homemade baked goods are available for sale.
Food is available on the grounds.
The Carroll County Public Library Summer Reading program is under way and the library has been filled with young people reading, checking out books and attending programs.
Interesting story time themes are scheduled through June and July for infants, preschoolers and toddlers.
A variety of animated programs also are on tap for the summer at the Westminster branch and other county library branches. Call your local branch for more information on programs for your child this summer season.