This week's column is dedicated to Mary Cobb from Harmony. She makes people smile where ever she goes.


Turkey Pastries


(good for leftover turkey)


2 packages softened cream cheese, 3-ounces each


2 tablespoons softened butter


2 cups diced cooked turkey


2 tablespoons milk


1 tablespoons chopped onion


1/2 teaspoon salt


1/8 teaspoon pepper


2 cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls


Melted butter


Bread crumbs


Blend cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add chicken, milk, salt and pepper. Mix well. Separate crescent dinner rolls into 8 rectangles by pressing the triangles into rectangles. Divide chicken mixture equally into 8 portions and place in center of each rectangle. Gather the 4 corners of each rectangle and pinch together to seal in chicken mixture. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.



Mulled Apple Cider


In a large saucepan, combine one gallon of apple cider with eight cinnamon sticks, four apples studded with cloves and ten whole allspice. Simmer the cider for at least 30 minutes. Serve hot right from the stove, using a ladle to fill cups. For a spiked version, add a half cup of light rum.



Venison Daube


5 pound venison roast


Salt to taste


dash of pepper


3/4 cup flour


3 tablespoons shortening


2 medium onions


1  can tomatoes (2 1/2 cups)


2 to 3 cups water


2 whole cloves


4 small bay leaves


1/2 teaspoon allspice


pinch of thyme


1 tablespoon chopped parsley


Dredge roast in salt, pepper and flour. Reserve remaining mixture. Brown meat in shortening in Dutch oven. Saute onions in drippings, add remaining ingredients. Return roast to oven, simmer slowly until meat is tender. Thicken gravy with reserved flour. Allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours to cook in a 325 to 350 degree oven.



Orange Walnut Date Bars


1 cup flour


1/2 teaspoon baking soda


1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


1/2 teaspoon salt


1/3 cup soft butter


3/4 cup light brown sugar


1 tablespoon orange rind


2 tablespoons orange juice


1/2 cup pitted dates


3/4 cup chopped walnuts


1 egg


Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; set aside. In a large bowl beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in one egg and add orange juice. Beat in flour mixture. Stir in dates and walnuts, spread in 9-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.



Our thought for the week: " Once a bad environment bred bad people. Now it's the other way around."