We're Growing! Please check out our new sister community The Boulevard Senior Living of Saint Peters!

April 12, 2024

Culinary Inspiration at The Boulevard

Category: Culinary

Author: Derek Winning, 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 Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles. Exploring culinary resources nurtures and evolves our love for food and cooking.

I’ve amassed a decent-sized collection of 63 cookbooks, each holding its own appeal. Currently, one of my favorites is “The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook.” What draws me to this book is not just the recipes but the captivating stories and wealth of information that accompany them.

Cookbook Criteria: A Blend of Tradition and Innovation

When choosing a cookbook, I prioritize finding one with a unique perspective and meticulously tested recipes. With so many poorly curated recipes out there in books and blogs, quality is paramount.

Two delicious pecan rolls sitting side by side on a baking sheet, ready to be devoured!

Several cherished recipes have been passed down to me from my mother, many originating from her own mother or grandmother. In 2003, for Christmas, my mother gifted my siblings and me a blank cookbook, thoughtfully filled with all our favorite childhood recipes. I continue to add my best recipes to this cookbook, intending to pass it on to my daughter one day.

Among the recipes I’ve developed over the years, one that stands out is my beer dinner creation. Both my Nashville hot chicken slider and pimiento cheese mac & cheese have been hailed as phenomenal dishes.

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 Boulevard Senior Living of Saint Charles in St. Charles, 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 SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital St. Charles with convenient access to major shopping centers and clubs, including St. Peters Golf Club, Mid Rivers Mall, Katy Trail, Main Street St. Charles, New Town at St.Charles, and the Streets of St. Charles.

Schedule your tour of The Boulevard Saint Charles today

Join The Boulevard Saint Charles team

Follow Us

Copyright © 2024 Arrow Senior Living. All rights reserved.