Re: central docs (Re: Big Recipes? Cohousingcookbook? (Elizabeth Brackett))
From: Alice Alexander (
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:31:08 -0800 (PST)
Sean, many thanks for your offer to help! The Cohousing Association of the
US hosts such a website of resources at, so it would be
best not to duplicate efforts. Look under the first navigation bar
"resources," and also this tag cloud

We would welcome your involvement in expanding our resources!
Alice Alexander, Coho/US Executive Director

On Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 9:24 AM, Sean Davey <sean [at]>

> I would be interested in working with others to design a website for
> collecting and sharing cohousing recipes. I'd be happy to also build the
> site and host it for free. It would be great if one or more people wanted
> to be admins for the site (no tech skills required).
> I was also thinking that such a site could be expanded to include
> repositories of cohousing documents such as by-laws, cc&r's, process
> manuals, policies, committee mandates, etc. There may already be something
> like this, so please let me know if there is. It's a common request from
> folks who are starting new communities to see what other communities have
> done. It could also be a resource for existing communities facing new
> issues or just looking for new ideas.
> sean
> > Has anyone created a Cohousing cookbook?
> > some say - don't re-invent the wheel...
> > As I am preparing for the second dinner meeting of the Twin Cities
> > Cohousing Network, I thought, "Hasn't anyone made a cohousing cookbook? "
> >
> > I searched Cohousing-L and found a few references to outside sources.
> > I searched the Cohousing USA site and found 14 Recipes that I think Sandy
> > from Heartwood Cohousing collected. <
> >
> > So if you HAVE such a cook book please respond. Or respond if you would
> be
> > willing to work on creating a cookbook, try the recipes etc..
> >
> >
> > My ideas for the " program" for  a Cohousing Cookbook would include:
> >
> > It would need to include grids for each recipe to adjust the number of
> > servings.  Pan sizes for baking - how to go from 8x8 to 1/2 sheet pan
> > sizes- that may limit the " adjustability"
> > It should indicate time needed to prepare, and Cook or Bake, and tips on
> > serving, how well it freezes.
> >   sub heading - would more than one cook speed up the prep time?
> > It would need to include Vegetarian, and Vegan and Gluten free recipes.
> > Also meat based recipes, Recipes that can be split-
> > ( for example: prepare and saute veggies and add meat to only half of it)
> > It should not include recipes calling for a lot of prepackaged
> > ingredients, altho sometimes pre-packaged makes a dish practical.
> > What dishes can Children help prepare?
> > Might indicate relative cost of the ingredients.
> > Nutrition information, usually available on the on-line recipe sources.
> >
> > I do use online recipe sources,  but I would like to have recipes that we
> > can "Vet" as suitable for cohousing common meals  - they taste good, that
> > the ingredients listed to be sauteed actually fit in the size pan they
> say
> > to use etc...they  actually cook in the time the recipe says
> >
> >
> > I don't think the cook book needs many dessert recipes because normal
> > cookbooks do a good job on that.  We know cakes have multiple servings,
> > cookies come in Dozens, most of us are not going to make our own
> icecream.
> >
> > --
> > Becca Brackett  ecBrackett [at] <mailto:ecBrackett@cohousing.o
> rg>
> > Bassett Creek Cohousing <
> > Minneapolis, MN  Quilter and Family Doctor
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Alice Alexander
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