This week's column is dedicated to Lee and Kim who have hearts of gold.


Quick Rolls

1 package yeast (1 tablespoon)

2 cups flour

2/3 cup warm water

1 tablespoon sugar

1 egg

dash of salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add lightly beaten egg. Add all dry ingredients and mix well. Work flour into dough. Form a loaf or rolls and put in greased pan to rise, approximately 45 minutes. Cook at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Take out of oven and rub top with butter.


Lakes Burgoo

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

2 cups diced potatoes

1 large onion, chopped

3/4 cup chopped green pepper

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (14 1/2 ounces ) peas, drained

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) cut green beans, drained

1 can (14 1/2 ounce) whole kernel corn, drained

1 bottle (18 ounces) barbeque sauce

2 cups water

1 can (14 1/2 ounce) tomato pure

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a dutch oven. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; Simmer for 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until potatoes are tender.


Maine Mud Cookies

2 1/3 cups flour

2/3 cup baking cocoa

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, sugars, baking soda and salt. Stir in the buttermilk and applesauce (dough will be thick and moist). Drop by tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Spread with a fork to make irregular shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks.



1 pint of clams, chopped fine

1 egg, well beaten

1 cup cracker crumbs

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine ingredients in order given and mix well. Form in round cakes and fry in hot fat, about 1 inch deep. Drain and serve piping hot. Recipe may be multiplied.


Honey Apple Salad

3 cups chopped apples

1/2 cup grapes halved

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup chopped dates (optional)

1/4 cup dairy sour cream

1/4 cup honey

dash salt

Lightly combine first four ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, blend together the sour cream, honey and salt. Lightly toss the dressing with apple mixture. Chill before serving.


Maple Baked Chicken

3-pound chicken, cut in pieces

4 tablespoons butter melted

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon salt

dash pepper

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/4 cup chopped nuts, (optional)

Place chicken pieces in a shallow casserole dish or baking pan. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chicken pieces. Bake, uncovered in 400 degree oven 50 to 60 minutes, basting every 15 minutes.


Chocolate Tapioca

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup cocoa

3 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 3/4 cups milk

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar, cocoa, tapioca and salt in saucepan; blend in milk and egg. Let stand 5 minutes. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into bowl. Press plastic wrap onto surface. Cool; chill. Spoon into dessert dishes. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.


Our thought for the week: "If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk far, walk with others." – African Proverb