Diamond family creates cookbook to benefit city park

Diamond family creates cookbook to benefit city park
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Cookbook with a Cause: A Diamond, Missouri family cooks up a creative way to make some improvements to the city park.

“I use this all the time. This was my grandmother’s cobbler.”

Debbie Cash flips through old family recipes, reminiscing on the flavors of her childhood, in the park her parents donated to the city in 1985.

“My dad had always dreamed that the city would have a park and the town is small so we hadn’t ever had anything like that,” explained Cash.

Part of the land was turned into senior housing, but for 27 years, Dieckhoff Park sat empty due to a lack of funds…but service projects like Eagle Scouts building pavillions and a lottery winner’s donation of funds for playground equipment were a start. It’s a trend Cash and her sister, Cindy Powers, who serves on the Diamond park board, hope to keep going with the help of their mom’s recipes.

“My mom and my brother wanted those recipes passed down so I thought it was a great idea to be able to help the park,” said Powers.

They compiled family favorites, 300 in total. Those recipes will be turned into a cookbook, debuting in August, with all proceeds going towards park projects. Cash and Powers hope to raise around $5,000 to add a walking trail, and possibly a dog park, also allocating funds to maintenance.

“We want to put some filler in for the playground to make sure that it’s good and safe for the kids because with all the rain this year, it’s kinda washed it all out,” Powers stated.

Both sisters are proud to see their family land being passed down to future generations, along with their favorite foods.

“All of our family is German, so there’s some really good German recipes like German potato salad that my grandmother always made, and we have three different versions of it, and so that’s just special, some special recipes like that,” expressed Cash.

The cookbook will be sold for $12 at Diamond’s Gem City Days celebration, but you can also pick up a copy by reaching out to the Dieckhoff family.

Debbie Cash is available at 417-437-0938 or you can email her at cashd65@gmail.com

Cindy Powers is available at 417-499-8957 or you can email her at cpowersescswa.org

Kayla Dieckhoff is available at 417-236-3582.

The book will also be sold at Main Street Feeds in Monett and Springfield, Missouri.

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