With Christmas close at hand, I am content knowing I have the perfect gift for many of my special friends. My gift to you is telling you about the Southwest Airlines 35th Anniversary Keepsake Cookbook. Let me tell you why it is a perfect gift!
All proceeds from sales go to our Catastrophic Assistance Charity helping fellow Southwest Employees suffering severe financial hardship resulting from a catastrophic event in their lives. Times when there seems to be nowhere to turn - and then here is a gift!
The cookbook itself is a collection of over 737 (as in Boeing 737) favorite family recipes, quotes, pictures, cooking tips, and our Southwest Airlines secret recipe. For collectors of Southwest Memorabilia there are heartwarming stories from Employees. I gave a copy to my daughter-in-law (she was visiting, and I couldn't wait for Christmas!) and she raved about the chocolate peanut butter fudge on page 289 submitted by Keith Hodges in Finance. My friend told me to be sure and make the breakfast granola from Sherri Earnst, a Chicago-based flight attendant (page 372). But, my very favorite recipe brings tears to my eyes as I tell you about it. It is Tania's Tia Maria cake on page 366. Tania Devore was a Dallas Flight Attendant for many years and is remembered for her fun-loving spirit. She died three years ago a few days before Christmas due to complications from Type 1 diabetes. Tania loved the Holidays and would bake this cake to share with her Crew. It became so popular, she started taking orders, selling them in the Dallas Flight Attendant lounge. I coveted this recipe but it was a closely guarded secret. Dallas Flight Attendant Fran Chance published this recipe in memory of Tania. It was found taped inside a cabinet door at Tania's house. This recipe alone is worth the price of the cookbook.
I have a dozen of these cookbooks, and I am going to buy more as I continue to think of another deserving friend. Don't tell, but my daughters-in-law, best friends, hair dresser, nail lady, doctor, and any White Elephant gift occasion will all receive this keepsake. Give one as a hostess gift, and it will guarantee you being asked back to another party!
The cookbook price with shipping and handling is $25.00. Make checks payable to 35th Anniversary Cookbook and mail to Southwest Airlines 35th Anniversary Cookbook, HDQ/1CB, P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, TX 75235. Please help Chairperson Kelli Bartlett by printing names and addresses clearly.
Once these treasures are gone, there will be no second print. No Christmas Eve deliveries, so I encourage you to act now! You, too, can "Feel the Spirit" and "Savor the Fare!"