JEFFERSON CITY - Several months ago, the Women Legislators of Missouri sent out requests for recipes to legislators of Missouri and various members of the U.S. government.
In response, First Lady Hillary Clinton submitted her famous chocolate chip cookies. House Speaker Steve Gaw, D-Moberly, offered "my mom's swift steak." The women legislators also received recipes from U.S. Representative Ike Skelton and Lt. Governor Roger Wilson.
The group has taken all these recipes and published the cookbook "Capitol Cooks" to help raise money for the philanthropic programs the group is trying to support.
"We wanted recipes not from just women legislators, but from men and women involved in government," said Rep. Deleta Williams, D-Warrensburg, who is a member of the Women Legislators of America and has played a big part in this project. "We were very pleased with the response."
Along with the recipes, "Capitol Cooks" includes stories about some of the recipes and tid bits about where many of them came from. The book also contains historical information about Missouri.
Williams said women legislators intends to help fund two projects from the profits. The group plans to give five women $500 college scholarships. The other program the group plans to fund is the Patch Program, which offers children of mothers who are in Missouri prisons to visit them.
"In the past year, we gave $1,000 to each of the Patch programs," Williams said of the two women's state prisons in Chillicothe and Vandalia.
The cost of the book is $10 and is available through Williams office at 573-751-2272, or any other women legislator's office in Missouri.