Get Recipes, Stories from Atria Senior Living Residents

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 20 December 2011

Talk about a fascinating collection: A Dash and a Dollop was introduced at the end of November, featuring “dishes that came to America by boat in the 1800s to meals that saw families through the Great Depression”, according to an Atria press release.

Residents not only shared their favorite recipes but also the stories behind them, concocting a beautiful blend of “family legacies, traditions and customs.”

Since food is at the center of most social and family gatherings, it made perfect sense to fill the pages of this unique cookbook with more than just recipes.

Ronda Watson, Atria’s VP of Culinary Services, talked about the “pivotal role of the kitchen” as the inspiration for many of the recipes and stories in the book. She adds that many of Atria’s culinary directors have prepared some of these beloved dishes for the entire community to enjoy.

All 13,000 Atria Senior Living residents will receive a copy of A Dash and a Dollop this month, but the general public will soon be able to purchase it online at Barnes & Noble (a great gift idea for those who still have a few names on their holiday shopping lists).

Learn more about the book here.

There are 4 Comments about this post

  1. Joy Lewallen says,

    My great aunt has a recipe in the book and I tried (as you suggested) to order it for all of my family members as a last minute Christmas gift, but can not find it on the Barnes and Noble website. Can you tell me when it will be available? Too late for Christmas, but I still want to honor our great aunt (who we just lost at age 99) by passing on her recipe, her picture, and a great comment about the history of the recipe.


    on 23 December 2011 / 11:35 PM

  2. Joy, thanks for your comments! That is wonderful that she has a recipe in the book. I’m sorry to hear that it’s not available yet; I checked the Atria website and it doesn’t say much more than “later this year” (and clearly we’re already at the end of it). Perhaps check with the Atria community where your great aunt resides?


    on 26 December 2011 / 7:53 PM

  3. Atria Senior Living says,

    Hi Joy,

    We are happy to hear that your great aunt was featured in the recipe book! We apologize for the delay, but we are not sure exactly when the book with be available for sale. Please check http://www.atriarecipes.com periodically for updates on when the book can be purchased. We are honored that we were able to preserve your aunt’s recipe and the story behind it.


    on 06 January 2012 / 11:41 AM

  4. Thanks for checking in, Cara! Can’t wait to see the book.


    on 06 January 2012 / 11:51 AM


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