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Fresh Sheet: Leadership group to raise money with cookbook

Leadership Spokane students are selling a new cookbook.

The modest spiral-bound collection of favorite recipes was created as part of their leadership training for 2010 – but that’s only the beginning of the story.

Money raised by book sales will help the committee start a community garden on the local Salvation Army campus. Among other ministries, the Spokane-area Salvation Army operates a homeless shelter and transitional housing for families.

The fundraiser would also pay for classes starting this spring to teach residents how to plant and tend a garden, as well as how to cook the produce they grow, says Cindy Dandoy, of the Leadership Spokane human needs committee that created the recipe book.

Northern Quest Resort and Casino and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians underwrote all of the printing costs.

“That means 100 percent of the money raised will go toward the garden and classes,” Dandoy says.

The book includes more than 100 homey recipes from this year’s Leadership Spokane class, as well as alumni of the program – from baked spaghetti to roasted cauliflower and beef stroganoff to pumpkin squares. (There are a few recipes for dog treats, too).

It can be purchased for $10 at the Leadership Spokane office, 801 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 220. Or, call (509) 321-3639 to have a book shipped for an additional $2. They will accept PayPal payments.

A double shot for Latah Bistro

Latah Bistro recently got a nod in two national magazines.

The Latah Valley restaurant’s panna cotta with poached pears was included in Bon Appetit magazine’s R.S.V.P. column this month.

And chef David Blaine was featured in the recent edition of Bicycling magazine, featuring his passions for both cycling and cooking. The article includes his recipe for butternut squash enchiladas.

Latah Bistro recently celebrated five years of business. There are links to both articles on the Latah Lounge blog at the restaurant’s Web site,

Wild game on the menu

The North Idaho College Alumni Association will host its annual Wild Game Feast on Jan. 23.

The dinner includes a five-course meal in the Ts’elusm Dining Room of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building. The social begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 7.

Tickets are $65 per person or $60 for NIC Alumni Association members. Call (208) 769-5978 or go online to