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St. Vincent DePaul Roman Catholic Church has released a cookbook to celebrate the Holiday area’s congregation’s first half-century.

HOLIDAY — When you want to make a dinner besides frozen pizza or boxed macaroni and cheese, a cookbook is the first thing you should turn to. A local church celebrated a milestone anniversary with a book of more than 200 recipes for you to try your hand at. Whether it’s an entree, snack, dessert, or anything in between, there will be something new for you to create in your kitchen.

The members of St. Vincent DePaul Roman Catholic Church, in Holiday, compiled 222 recipes into a 50th anniversary commemorative cookbook that is available for the public to purchase. The book is titled “50 Years of Loving and Serving” and made up of submitted recipes from the parishioners.

The church was founded in May of 1969. Along with celebrating half a century, the church also wanted to use the cookbook to help cover other anniversary expenses.

The book was printed by Morris Press Cookbooks, a publisher founded in 1933 and based out of Kearney, Nebraska.

Marilyn Inkrott is a chairman on the anniversary committee for the church. She was excited to see how many people had things to contribute to the book.

She said, “I learned how willing people are to share and be a part of the parish.”

It seemed like a perfect fit for the church to do something with food because their committee meetings and prayer groups have always featured recipes being shared among members.

A few examples from the cookbook include Chicken à la King, spiced nuts and meat marinades. The recipes are divided into eight categories and the pages are bound together by a spiral binding spine.

Inkrott believes that the best part about the cookbook is the longevity of its meaning.

“It’s something we can cherish and pass on to other generations,” she said.

The cookbooks, $10, can be purchased at the church office. St. Vincent DePaul Roman Catholic Church is at 4843 Mile Stretch Drive. The office is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 727-938-1974.