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Camp Hill mother’s dinner dilemma inspires group
Samantha Soccio knew the Facebook post all too well.
One of her friends posted a status update about not knowing what to make for dinner, and Soccio empathized—she had posted that dilemma many times before. On a whim, she got an idea and decided to create a Facebook group to share dinner ideas and recipes.
Soccio, of Camp Hill, expected 20 or 30 friends, to join the “What’s for Dinner?” group. Five months and 213 members later, Soccio is surprised and excited about how far her small idea has come.
After initially inviting her Facebook friends, Soccio watched as the group grew through friends of friends and by word of mouth. “I didn’t expect so many people and from so many places,” Soccio said.
The group gets usually more than 10 posts per day from members simply saying what they’re having for dinner. Some join the group to learn how to do things better in the kitchen, while others post pictures of their meals and share with the group how they are made.
Soccio said she may post that she has chicken to cook but no ideas what to do with it. Her fellow members will quickly respond with 10 different ways and meals to make with that chicken.
The simple posts lead to conversations, and soon after, people are posting entire recipes or culinary tips.
Some members even post when they’re going out or grabbing fast food, and Soccio said she appreciates that because sometimes she likes the idea and could go for that too.
“I’m following it all the time on my phone,” Soccio said. “It’s constantly coming up with what everyone’s having. I probably post three to five days a week.”
Soccio—who cooks for her husband and 2-year-old son—is very proud of her group and excited to see what future opportunities may be cooked up. “I’m really excited about how far it’s come,” Soccio said. “There are people asking if we can do a compilation of the recipes and tips being posted. It’s really exciting to get more people and more ideas.”
Kurt Bopp is assistant editor/web for Central Penn Parent and he can cook. Tacos are his specialty.