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DHS Reprises Historic Cookbook as Fundraiser for Music Program

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DHS Reprises Historic Cookbook as Fundraiser for Music Program
Posted on 05/03/2016
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“Cooking to Beat the Band,” a cookbook created by some Deering High School Band parents in the 1940s, successfully raised enough money to buy new band uniforms at that time. Now the historic cookbook has been reprised with both old and new recipes and is on sale once again. The proceeds will benefit Deering’s music program today, which includes band, chorus and a handbell choir.

“The Deering music program is now ready to present this awesome cookbook to the public as a current fundraiser,” said Gil Peltola, Deering’s music director.

He said the school is accepting pre-orders of the book, which will be available on June 1, 2016. The cookbook costs $15.

Peltola explained that in the late 1940s, “the Band Mothers Club of Deering High School put together a cookbook called, ‘Cooking to Beat the Band.’ This was a fundraiser for the music program. Two-hundred pages of recipes and many ads from businesses at the time were included in this cookbook. It was a great success. After receiving two copies from former band members, I thought it would be a great idea to reprint the original cookbook and add a new section with recipes from current teachers, students and parents and renewed ads from companies that are still in business.”

Sophia Morin, a DHS senior, was one of those playing an important role in reprising the cookbook.

“Recreating this cookbook is part of my Senior Capstone Project,” Sophia said. “In addition to helping with the reconstruction, I was responsible for reaching out to new and previous ad donors. I plan to present the cookbook along with my full project in the beginning of June. The proceeds will go back into the music program, one whose funding has increasingly been cut throughout the district. Music has been an enormous influence throughout all my years in school and I couldn't imagine where I would be without that influence today.”

She added, “We are in contact with the family that originally created the cookbook and the enthusiasm they showed when we told them we were recreating it was something so priceless. The cookbook includes over 200 pages of delicious recipes, old and new.”

The new version also will include historic local business advertisements from the 1940s.

To download an order form, click here. Order forms also are available at the main office of DHS, located at 370 Stevens Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Deering Music Director Gil Peltola at peltog@portlandschools.org.