Festive Edition 2020-2021

Uncommon Kitchens: A Collection of Special Recipes by Mount Holyoke Alumnae and Students from all over the World
Let us celebrate together: Festive recipes wanted!

In April 2020, the Mount Holyoke European Alumnae Council issued a call to all domestic goddesses, dedicated bakers, and accidental cooks among its members and launched a cooking, baking, and drink recipe competition. Within a few weeks the organizing committee received over 85 recipes from 16 different countries. The recipes collection was subsequently formatted into a book, currently on sale on the Amazon platform.

Following the success of the first edition, work is underway to produce a new edition of Uncommon Kitchens, this time dedicated to festive recipes from all over the world. The objective is to share recipes and dear memories which belong to all the different seasonal and festive traditions cherished within our group.

With the celebrations for the Lunar New Year approaching in several Asian cultures and countries, the editorial team is now especially looking forward to receiving new submissions from alums and students who will soon be celebrating, either in Asia or in their new adoptive countries all over the world.

Festive recipes from Europe and other parts of the world are obviously still very much welcome!!

Red Napkins_Uncommon Kitchens Asian Edition


What Type of Recipes? Who Can Submit?

All sort of “festive recipes and memories” are welcome, from traditional family dishes and drinks to sophisticated and extravagant culinary adventures. It will be wonderful to be able to celebrate our international network in this unique way and to enrich our Uncommon Kitchens collection! (Please include clear explanations and useful instructions for substituting exotic ingredients, too.)

All Mount Holyoke College alumnae or students may submit, as long as they feel a world citizen!!

How to Submit
  1. Download the recipe template here or click the blue button below. Click the download icon at the top right of the screen (it looks like this: ) and save on your computer.* You may need to Save As… to edit, and be sure to add your name in the file name!
  2. Write up your recipe, being sure to complete the template in full
  3. Email your recipe to mhceuropean@gmail.com, attaching the form and any photos (JPGs or PNGs) you’d like to include (steps making your dish, the final product, you in your kitchen, etc.). Voila! Done!

All recipes will be posted on the website and shared via Facebook and special editions of our newsletter. Once we have enough recipes, we will add them to our growing virtual cookbook to share with fellow alumnae and students, which we will continue to add to over the coming months and years. 

* Do not click Open with GDocs, as you won’t be able to edit the file. If you encounter a problem, don’t hesitate to email us


February 28th 2021

So put on your chef’s whites and get cooking!