Department of Art Alumni

Barbara Dunn '94


Barbara Dunn uses her artistic background in many of her projects at her Florida home. A recent project was a compilation of recipes for her family cookbooks.

Barbara writes, "These cookbooks were a labor of love. The covers were the hardest part, trying to decide what represented each family best."

A format was set up to type each recipe and the recipes came to her copied, emailed, and hand written. One recipe did not have a title and another was missing an ingredient. Many were just confusing due to the way they were written. Barbara let the family send in whatever they wanted and created categories accordingly. There were some unique entries such as dog biscuits or home-made glass cleaner to make a more interesting, personalized book.

The books were copies with one color front page with acetate on the front and black board on the back to add firmness.

She ended with a favorite recipe:

Recipe for a Happy Day
1 cup friendly words
2 heaping cups understanding
4 heaping teaspoons time and patience
pinch of warm personality
dash of humor

Measure words carefully. Add heaping cup of understanding; use generous amounts of time and patience. Cook with gas on front burner. Keep temperature low... do not boil. Add dash of humor and a pinch of warm personality. Season to taste with spice of life. Serve in individual molds. This recipe is guaranteed never to fail. Virginia O. Paquette

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