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From the firehouse to your house

NORTH LIBERTY — Firefighters are known for many things: bravery, strength, heroism, and cooking. Yes, cooking. While volunteer firefighters aren’t cooking meals at the station with the frequency of their career brothers and sisters, they still tend to know their way around the kitchen.
As proof, the North Liberty Fire Dept. Auxiliary is offering North Liberty Firehouse Favorites, a collection of 350 recipes culled from the firefighters, their spouses, and families. Each tasty and time-tested food formulation is titled and attributed to the firefighter or family member who came up with it. The recipes come in a hard cover, three-ring binder complete with a plastic holder allowing the book to be stood up while in use, saving precious counter space.
According to Julie Vandewater, wife of Chief Eric Vandewater, plans are to issue sets of additional recipes in the coming years, which would drop right into the binder. Vandewater also noted proceeds from selling the books will go into the Fire Department’s Benevolent Fund. It was this fund which purchased a lightning detector for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball League earlier this year.
Vandewater also noted the book has been in the works for two years, and was put on-hold last year due to the floods. She added the Auxiliary, which was founded three years ago, cooks for department events and provides rehabilitation and refreshments at large fires or other major incidents.
The $20 book can be purchased at the North Liberty City Hall, through the Fire Department, at US Bank, and coming soon to the North Liberty Branch of Hills Bank and Trust. For more information, contact Julie Vandewater at 665-2166 or go to the department’s website at www.NLFIRE.org.