This week's column is dedicated to Hanna, who will in the near future be running across meadows filled with buttercups.


Beef Rib Roast


1 bone-in beef rib roast


1 garlic clove, minced


1 teaspoon salt


1/2 teaspoon pepper


1 small onion, sliced


6 t0 8 bacon strips


Place roast fat side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Rub with garlic, salt and pepper, top with onions and bacon. Bake uncovered, at 325 degrees for 2 to 3 hours. If using a thermometer, it should read, for medium-rare145 degrees, for medium 160 degrees and for well done170 degrees. Transfer to warm serving platter. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.



Curly Noddle Dinner

1 pound ground beef


1 package (3 ounces) beef Ramen noodles


1 can (14 1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes


1 can ( 8 1/2 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained


In a skillet, brown beef, drain. Stir in noodles with contents of accompanying seasoning packets, tomatoes and corn. Mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until the noodles are tender.



Spinach Quiche Ring

1 cup cracker or bread crumbs


1 pound spinach, cooked, pressed dry and finely chopped


1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


1 tablespoon canola oil


2 eggs, slightly beaten


1 cup skim milk


1 tablespoon flour


1 tablespoon grated onion


1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


1/2 teaspoon minced garlic


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a 1-quart ring mold (or other shaped baking mold) with three coats of non-stick oil. Pour cracker or bread crumbs into bottom of mold. Turn and tap mold to coat bottom and halfway up sides of mold. Tap out remaining crumbs. Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Spoon custard into prepared ring mold. Bake for 25 minutes or until set-up and firm. Cool 5 minutes before taking out of ring mold.


Williamsburg Bread Cake

2 cans crescent rolls


12 ounces cream cheese


1 1/4 cups sugar


1 egg, separated


1 teaspoon vanilla


1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


1/2 cup chopped pecans, if desired


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Evenly layer one can of rolls on bottom of a 9- by 13-inch pan, with seams smoothed together. Mix cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, egg yolk and vanilla together. Spread over rolls in pan. Place second can of rolls over the cheese mixture seams together. Beat egg white and brush over top of cake. Sprinkle the half cup of sugar and cinnamon on top. Add pecans and bake for 30 minutes. Taste resembles an Italian cheese pie or a cheese danish.


Brownie Pudding

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder


3/4 cup sugar


2 tablespoons cocoa


1/2 cup milk


1 teaspoon vanilla


3/4 cup walnuts


2 tablespoons soft butter




3/4 cup brown sugar


1/4 cup cocoa


1 3/4 cups very hot water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift dry ingredients, add milk, vanilla and soft butter. Mix until smooth and add nuts. Pour into a greased 8- by 8-inch cake pan. Mix brown sugar and cocoa, sprinkle over batter. Pour hot water over entire batter. Do not stir! Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. This pudding makes its own fudge sauce. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.



Our thought for the week: " There is no time for destruction, hate or anger. We must build on hope." — Leo Tolstoy