New Cookbook Creates a Recipe for the Future

By Marcia Arpin

A new cookbook, expected to be published in time for the holidays, will make a perfect stocking stuffer. It is a delicious collaboration by local contributors and includes about 60 family-favourite recipes from diverse cultures, including a whole section on Finnish favourites. The book, which comes from Suomi Koti of Thunder Bay, has been designed for beginners and experienced cooks alike and features recipes contributed by residents at the long-term seniors’ residence, as well as the Thunder Bay community at large. 

Suomi Koti is a not-for-profit organization founded on September 12,1984. Construction of their building started in 1986 and welcomed its first tenants in April 1988. Situated on just over five acres of land in an urban setting, this apartment complex is designed to maintain a country atmosphere. The current building consists of 40 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom apartments in a three-storey building, fully equipped with saunas, exercise rooms, craft rooms, a library, a common room with kitchen facilities, and a garden area including a pond with a gazebo. Since 2011, the board of directors has recognized the value of expanding their building to include more space to welcome the interest from across Canada for their compassionate care. The cookbook, which will also feature photos and write-ups about Suomi Koti and the Thunder Bay community as a whole, is part of fundraising efforts towards that goal. 

The name Suomi Koti simply means “Finnish home,” but both of these words evoke an abundance of traditions, warmth, and familiarity for different people, all of which are beautifully reflected in the design, atmosphere, and lifestyle of this local residence.

The board says it’s dedicated to providing a home where every individual can thrive independently. Social and recreational opportunities and events are planned, often revolving around food, coffee, tea, dinners, music, and barbecues. A cookbook became a logical project to kickstart a campaign for planned expansions to the building and meet the needs of the community’s aging population. Cookbooks will be sold at the Suomi Koti office and local retail outlets. Priced under $20, this is an easy gift idea for those who crave a taste of Thunder Bay. For more information, visit