Recipes From Barnegat Light Reprised in Cookbook Re-issue

Ladies Auxiliary Project Benefits the Fire Company
Aug 25, 2016

A cookbook is a treasure that gets more valuable with years, when it’s a community cookbook like the one brought out and polished up again by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Barnegat Light Vol. Fire Co.

“This is our third printing,” said Auxiliary President Marie Stone.

“Over the past eight years we have had so many requests for it.”

A chapter of some favorite seafood recipes from the Barnegat Light community is a highlight, but the cookbook carries all other meals and menus, too.

It is now for sale from auxiliary members and at several locations in Barnegat Light as an auxiliary fund-raising project for the Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1.

Anna Grimste was auxiliary president at the time the cookbook originally came out in 2008. It is a 106-page collection of recipes by auxiliary members, their friends and families, plus more pages of cooking tips, and an astonishing section of environmentally-safe cleaning tricks.

“They formed a committee and worked really hard. They put a lot of fabulous recipes in it,” Stone said.

“It’s a great little cookbook, and it’s only $10. It makes a great birthday or Christmas gift.”

Harvest time, also, is a good time for recipes for Fresh Tomato Relish, Pumpkin Soup, Eggplant & Spinach-Stuffed Manicotti, Corn Cassserole, Cranberry Bars and much more.

Many will be drawn to the seafood section, where they will find gems like Barnegat Light Scallops Coquille, a recipe from the former Wida’s Restaurant in Barnegat Light. Former auxiliary member Marsha Monfort provided that recipe. There’s a Broiled Deviled Fish Sauce from J. Pat Voss that spices up the flounder everyone is catching this late summer, among 14 pages of seafood recipes.

The cookbook introduction says “it all started with a cake.” The locally famous recipe is in the book.

“In 1982 the Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary held their very first auction. The highlight of the evening was a chocolate cake baked by Mrs. Weeks. It brought the highest price that evening. Mrs. Weeks was delighted.”

The “Going Green” chapter at the back of the book is as entertainingly amazing.

For “Slug-Proof Planters,” cut copper wire and twist it tightly around the pot halfway up. “As slugs creep up, they will be repelled by the copper wire and your container plants will be safe,” says the entry by Veev Washburn.

For a  “Slug Trap” in the garden, the main ingredient is beer that is placed in a pie plate embedded into a shallow hole. Get the cookbook and find out tricks for repelling mosquitoes, “poisoning” poison ivy plants, composting and more.

Vintage photos mark the start of every section, such as the photo of men laying the foundation for the firehouse in 1938.

The cookbooks can be purchased at Barnegat Light borough hall, East Seventh Street, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays; at East Coast Consignment, 708 Broadway, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and weekends; or outside White’s Market, 1507 Central Ave. from 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays through Sept. 4. — Maria Scandale


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