This week’s column is dedicated to the many fairs that have taken place recently in Maine – a fun time for young and old.

Apple Nut Brownies

2 large eggs

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 medium apple, peeled, cored and finely diced

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan. In a large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat eggs well until foamy. Gradually add sugar, beating after addition, until mixture is thick and light. In a separate bowl combine melted butter and cocoa powder. Stir in vanilla extract. Add chocolate mixture to large bowl. Beat on high until well combined (about 1 minute). Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to large bowl. Stir with a spoon until well combined. Fold in diced apples and chopped walnuts. (Batter will be stiff.) Pour batter into greased baking pan. Use a spatula to spread batter evenly into the corners. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

Yorkies Coleslaw

1 medium cabbage, chopped fine

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1 cup shredded carrot

Dressing:

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup vinegar

1 tablespoon salt

3 tablespoons salad oil

Mix dressing ingredients and pour over slaw. From Madeline York.

Apple Cider Cupcakes

1 package (18 ounces) spice cake mix

1 1/4 cups apple cider

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, plus additional for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 standard muffin cups with paper baking cups. Beat cake mix, apple cider, oil and eggs in medium bowl with electric mixer at low speed until blended. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in 2 cups chopped walnuts. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

Apple Cider Frosting

Beat 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened, unsalted butter and 1/4 cup apple cider in medium bowl with electric mixer at low speed until well blended. Gradually beat in 4 cups powdered sugar until smooth.

Baked Oatmeal

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

3 cups oatmeal

1 cup milk

2 teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine eggs, sugar, and butter in 2 quart baking dish. Add oatmeal, milk, baking powder, and salt; stir until well blended. Bake for 30 minutes. Add milk or ice cream.

Our thought for the week: “The secret of success in conversation is to be able to disagree without being disagreeable.”