Cookbook features recipes of AMS employees

Many of the same people who know how to work on motors, race cars, and spruce up their vehicles, now are offering cooking tips.

Some employees of the Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) have collaborated on a cookbook, and the collection of recipes are free to the public.

“As our gift ... the staff at Atlanta Motor Speedway would like to share a small part of our holiday celebration with you, our special friends,” said Ed Clark, AMS president and general manager.

“Members of the AMS staff have selected their favorite holiday recipes, and each one comes with a story that relays what that recipe means to each staff member,” said Clark.

“From main dishes, to desserts, side items to snacks, there’s something for everyone in our recipe book. From our family to yours, we wish each of you a very merry Christmas, a festive holiday season, and a prosperous new year,” he added.

The AMS holiday cookbook features recipes for such appetizers as black bean and corn salsa; shrimp sip; smoked oysters Rockefeller, and stuffed mushrooms.

Some of the main dish recipes are for fried chicken, Maryland crab cakes, low country boil, and pizza.

Several side dishes are featured, such as green beans and bacon, sweet potato casserole, sweet potato soufflé, and twice baked potato casserole. Other recipes found in the book are for beverages, breakfast dishes, side Items, soups, salads and desserts.

Clark has included one of his favorite recipes for “fudge.” It involves a mixture of four-and-a-half cups of sugar; one large can of Pet Evaporated Milk, a stick, plus 1/3 cup of butter, 15 ounces of marshmallow creme, three small packages of chocolate chips that would total 18 ounces, two cups of chopped pecans, and a teaspoon of vanilla.

Clark got the recipe from a friend, Buster Dickerson, who worked for the speedway. Dickerson passed away in December of 2009, from pancreatic cancer, according to Kaleb Frady, AMS’ marketing and promotions coordinator.

”Instead of a card for the holiday season, we decided that a recipe book of our staff’s favorite recipes that they share each year with their families would be a neat way to say “Thank You” to our friends, fans, and those that work with us throughout the year,” said Frady, who has worked at AMS since June.

He included his recipe for a “Christmas fruit salad.” He said it was passed down from his grandmother, Charlotte Davis, of Ellijay.

“She prepares the dish every year for Christmas lunch on Christmas Day. She serves it with the turkey and ham,” he said. “It is always a memorable part of our Christmas; we expect that Christmas fruit salad every year, just like we do getting together and opening presents.”

Get the recipes at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/cookbook.