Vandalia’s Kinley Elzea enjoys cooking and likes spending time in the kitchen with her family, including time next to her grandmother Barbara Elzea.
Their relationship along with an interest in family cookbooks led to a passion to create her own cookbook.
She began getting recipes from different family members and even made some of her own.
It didn’t take long before a goal of creating 50 cookbooks turned into 200 books.
This led to the creation of the “Kinley Kares Project,” as proceeds from her cookbook entitled “The Fun Way To Cook!” will benefit the playroom at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
“The playroom is where patients can play, paint, draw, listen to music, and just be out of their hospital rooms for a while,” said Kinley in a letter about her cookbook. “This is a cause that is important to me because during my stays at the hospital, it has been one of my favorite places. I have seen so many children enjoy this room and all it has to offer. I would like to give back to this wonderful cause.”
Cookbooks will only be for sale at her vendor booth, next to Elzea Realty, on Prairie Days held Saturday, September 27 in Vandalia. They cost $10 each.
“She’s had a lot of fun with (the project),” said Kinley’s mom Nicole Elzea. Kinley is the daughter of Brandon and Nicole Elzea, of Vandalia.