ROBBINSVILLE, NJ --  Some of the best recipes are passed down from one generation to the next, a staple in the family cookbook that provides go-to nutritious, or at least delicious, meals. 

Ability Tree New Jersey is asking for families to share those meals with friends and neighbors through the Robbinsville Community Cookbook.  

The cookbook will include, the organization has said, a variety of recipes from all different cultures and backgrounds. Recipes that follow dietary restrictions such as vegan also are welcome. More than 90 recipes, ranging from pies and cookies to pasta dishes, beef jerky, mandrel bread, soups, and more have already been submitted by Robbinsville residents.

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The project is being coordinated by Ability Tree volunteer, and Robbinsville High School student, Amanda Steele. She said she wanted to "do more to benefit both the charity and (her) community" and was inspired to start the cookbook since her family loves to cook.   

"Baking is my personal favorite, so the idea to use recipes to accomplish both goals came about," Steele told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville. "I believe that this cookbook is a great way to unite the community using food, a central part of all of our lives, cultures, and histories.  By sending in a recipe, community members would not only be sharing a part of their lives with their neighbors, but benefiting a truly deserving charity."

Recipes can be submitted via email at until March 10 via email, either by typing them or snapping a photo of it. The names of the recipe authors will appear with it in the cookbook. 

The cookbook will be available for purchase during the annual Robbinsville Community Day in June. 

A faith-based, community-focused, 501c3 organization, Ability Tree New Jersey envisions families impacted by disability being accepted and supported in their local community, and enjoying healthy relationships in their neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and churches.  Ability Tree reaches out to families with special needs through recreation, education, support, and training (R.E.S.T.). Programs include recreation and respite nights for children with special needs and their siblings, sibling scholarships for graduating seniors, and helping community organizations and events become more accessible. 

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