3.01.2012

The Recipe Testers Guild


I think it's fair to say we have an actual solid structure, a concrete building to warmly house the ideas and plans of this endeavor. The walls of said structure are being fashioned out of:
1. A Table of Contents
2. A Timeline - The goal is to be finished in 18 months!
3. A Chosen Chapter to start from - You guessed it... Pies and Tarts!
4. A Working List of The Shoofly Project Recipe Testers Guild!

(There's one more piece of that structure that I'm so excited to talk about that it's all my long, cold fingertips can do to not type the very words my heart is calling out to type. Alas the time is not quite right. My heart will have to hold. But don't worry... you'll be the first to know.)

And anyway today we're talking about The Guild. (The word "guild" is inspired by Keturah who appears to have gone to her very own Guild with some frequency as she mentions it in her diaries quite a bit. I'm currently reading 1972.) This particular guild we're talking about is for folks wanting to help test recipes. Recipes that will eventually go in The Shoofly Project final cookbook. It's like a communal way of ensuring that the food tastes good, the recipes make sense, and everything is accurate.

You don't have to be a good cook to be part of the guild, in fact it's great to have folks who consider themselves "bad" cooks. (Though I bet you're just being modest.) And it's great to have folks who consider themselves wizards in the kitchen. (Though if you're actually calling yourself a wizard, I'd call that weird.)

Young, Old, Any Country, Every Background, Whatever Palate.
Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Meatheads, Sugar Seekers...
Welcome!

Here's how it'll work...
1. If you haven't yet, let me know you're interested in joining.
2. We'll then send you a recipe. (at some point)**
3. Which you can then make. And eat!
4. Which you then report back on... How did it go? Did the recipe make sense? Did it taste divine or like concrete with a dash of nutmeg? 
5. We then use your dynamic feedback to adjust, revise, develop, and ultimately write a cookbook.

In exchange you get...
1. To eat!
2. To be part of something called The Guild. And that's pretty much awesome. Fact.
3. To be part of writing a cookbook!
4. To have your name listed on the blog and book! Again... pretty much awesome.

If you've already joined on - Welcome! I'm super excited to add you to the fabric and fashioning of this building. If you haven't yet - We'd love to have you!

**I've not exactly figured out the details of the work flow yet but I'm on it. Details for Guild Member coming soon. 

Now on to some pies...

29 comments:

  1. Hi Katie, I've been following your blog for a while and have really been enjoying it! I'd love to be a guild member/recipe tester. I live in Hesston, teach nursing at Hesston College, go to Whitestone Mennonite Church and am parenting two middle school daughters along with my husband, Doug. You can contact me at frucat@yahoo.com if you'd like me to test a recipe or two!

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    1. Welcome Rita! Thanks for your comment and for joining the new Guild! I'm sure you know many of my family members quite well... small world. :)
      I'll let you know as soon as we've got the details ironed out.
      Thanks again!
      K

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  2. Hi, I'm interested! I don't think I've ever commented on the blog before but I am a passionate cook of Mennonite origin, I heard about your blog from my sister who is an EMU grad. I live in Ontario, Canada now but I'm American. I cook often from Simply in Season and other Mennonite cookbooks, and I love to find new recipes. We try to eat vegetarian three to four days a week, and we love ethnic food. I have a two year old with my husband, who also grew up in a Mennonite family.

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    1. hey there martha! it'll be lovely to have a guild member on that side of the border... thanks for the interest and for joining. your well-seasoned mennonite palate will definitely be a great addition.
      if you could send me your email that would be great... my email is katie.boyts@gmail.com.
      thanks again martha!
      k
      p.s. your little one is super cute. :)

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  3. I'm in! I've got celiac, so gluten-free for me. And looking forward to meeting you in Harrisonburg. AmyG@MennoMedia.org.

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    1. Hey Amy! Great to hear from you and have you join the Guild. Thank you so much! It'll be wonderful to get your opinion since we're going to try to give gluten-free options. So I'll put you down and let you know as soon as we have the details down.
      Looking forward to meeting you as well! Should be a fun weekend. :)

      Thanks again,
      K

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  4. Hey Katie,
    Just thought I'd write to let you know that I've been following your blog (Kate Showalter posted it on her Facebook) and that I'd love to test recipes for you! I don't know if you remember me, but we were in Guatemala together until you broke your leg..anyway, I love to cook and am Mennonite and grew up eating very Mennonite food (more German than Russian)..and I consider myself picky about recipes (economy and hassle both play into pickiness). Anyway, let me know if I can help!
    Jen

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    1. Hi Jen, Ah yes... the Guatemala saga. I do remember you! Crazy times! It's great to reconnect.
      A picky palate will be a great addition. :) Thanks for joining us! We're putting together the details in the next few days and so I'll let you know the happenings soon.
      If you could send me your email that would be great... katie.boyts@gmail.com
      Thanks again!
      K

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  5. I'd love to help with this project! I'm from Hesston, KS and grew up loving Russian/German food. I have a picky husband and young son, so I'm sure they will give great feedback!

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    1. Picky husbands and young sons make great judges. Ha! :) You must have your work cut out for you! Thanks so much for joining Amy! Welcome! As a Hesstonite you must know a lot of my family. That makes me smile. :)
      I'll let you know as soon as we have the details ironed out.
      Thanks again!
      K

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    2. Oh hey... me again. Can you send me your email address? katie.boyts@gmail.com
      Thanks!

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  6. Sarah Buller FentonMarch 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Katie - I would very much like to be part of the recipe testers guild. I tested recipes for the Simply in Season cookbook and enjoyed it very much. MY cooking heritage comes from my paternal Russian Mennonite grandmother and maternal Pennsylvania Dutch grandmother, and of course I have branched out from there. You can contact me at csfenton@frontier.com. Sarah Buller Fenton

    (BTW, we're very good friends with your friend Kristin's parents, Kurt and Marla. Small Menno world.)

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    1. Hi Sarah, Thanks so much! Your expertise in this arena will be a huge asset! Plus your bloodline has left you an interesting combo of tastebuds I'm sure. :) I've got you down so I'll let you know as soon as we've got the details nailed down.
      A small Menno world indeed! Please send my love to Kurt and Marla!
      Thanks again!
      K

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  7. This sounds like a great project! I would love to participate by testing the recipes and providing feedback.

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  8. Please forgive my innocence re Mennonite (google here I come).

    Good tasty food crosses ALL barriers...

    There is a Yorkshire saying.."make yourself at home..the kettle is on"....and yes you are welcome...

    Kepp you all safe
    Janet the Yorkshire lass...

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  9. Katie,

    I keep reading about your "Guild" and think I need to join the fun. I know my schedule is nutty and may not allow me to test every recipe. Would you still accept a part-time guilder?

    Thanks,

    Jen

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    1. Hi Jen! Of course I'd love your part-time guild-ness!! There won't be any pressure to participate every round so you can choose to test as your time allows. So great to hear from you!
      k

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  10. I'd love to participate. My family are Swiss german Mennonites from Lancaster. We've been in the states since before it was---1600s.

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    1. Hi Amy, Fantastic!! So glad to have you along! Your Swiss roots will be a great addition!
      Just shoot me an email with your email address and we'll get you signed up. Thanks so much!
      Katie
      katie.boyts@gmail.com

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  11. Count me in!


    wendy@wendyperry.com

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    1. Oh great!! Thanks Wendy... your expertise will be amazing!
      I'll send you the info email in just a moment.
      Thanks again!!
      K

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  12. Interestingly enough I came to your blog yesterday to find something fun to make for dinner, I tried the Borscht and it was an amazing hit! Then while I was letting it simmer, simmer, simmer (such good cooking cues) I read about the "guild", I'd love to participate.

    Hope all is well in New Mexico.

    Aunt Diana

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    1. Hi Auntie!! Thanks for the comment... Sooo glad you liked the borscht! It's just so comforting I think, and seems to get better the next day.
      I will most definitely sign you up for the guild. Thanks!! Our first round of pie recipes should be coming out this week.
      Love love,
      Katie

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    2. Oh hey, can you send me your email?

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  13. Hi, culinary student from sunny AZ here. I would love to be part of the guild. Consider me one of the "novices". It sounds fun, and I could use all the practice.

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    1. Hi Kellie! We'd love to have you!! Just send me your email and I'll get you all started... katie.boyts@gmail.com.
      Thanks so much for joining!
      Katie

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  14. Hi Katie,
    I am a recipe editor and would be happy to help you. I recently spent some time in Ohio's Amish country and loved it! Email: theheritagecook@comcast.net.

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    1. Wonderful Jane! Thanks so much... your expertise will be much appreciated.
      We've done one round of testing so far and I'll email you those recipes. It's pie at the moment!
      I'd love to hear more about your trip in Ohio! Where all did you visit?

      K

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  15. Jordan Fuselier-GardnerMay 25, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Hi Katie,

    Anymore room in The Guild? I'm a mountain girl living up in a small town so I found that lately I'm spending a ton of time cooking and I'd love the opportunity to do some 'recipe testing'. I love new adventures and the occasional mishap. :)

    jordy_3491@yahoo.com

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