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April 16, 2024

Culinary Inspiration at The Westbury

Category: Culinary

Author: Jennifer Ray, Culinary Director

For numerous chefs, there exists a pivotal cookbook that served as the catalyst for their culinary journey. This single book ignited an idea, unlocking a passion for cooking they may not have realized they possessed. Cookbooks transcend mere collections of recipes; they serve as windows into cultures, histories, and personal narratives. With each page turn, a new adventure, tradition, or innovative technique unfolds.

Every recipe and cookbook, whether passed down through generations or reimagined, enriches our culinary culture at The Westbury Senior Living. Exploring culinary resources nurtures and evolves our love for food and cooking.

I own approximately 15 cookbooks, and among them, my absolute favorite is “Mama Dip’s Kitchen.” Southern home-cooked meals hold a special place in my heart, and I relish preparing them for my family during significant occasions, offering a warm and inviting taste of home.

Handwritten Recipe Card for Fudge

What captivates me most in a cookbook is its ability to ignite my creativity and inspire me to concoct new dishes.

I cherish two cherished recipes passed down to me: a homemade bread recipe and a potato salad recipe. Both have become staples in my kitchen. The homemade bread recipe has been in my family for generations, passed down from my great grandmother to my grandmother, and then to us. Additionally, one of my proudest creations is my Ratatouille recipe.

Generational recipes or new culinary creations can spark nostalgia and inspire our cooking journey. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook, we all have that one foolproof recipe. Don’t overlook the power of beloved cookbooks and their stories. Keep sharing and savoring the diverse flavors that await us.

The Westbury Senior Living in Columbia, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near University Hospital and Boone Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mizzou Tigers, Columbia Mall, The Broadway Shops, MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Finger Lake State Park, and LA Nickell Golf Course.

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