Lost recipes re­found in Abby cook­book­let

Albuquerque Journal - - PUZZLES - Abi­gail Van Buren Con­tact www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los An­ge­les, CA 90069.

DEAR ABBY: Due to some un­for­tu­nate fam­ily cir­cum­stances, I was dev­as­tated to dis­cover that nearly all of my boxes of cher­ished recipes had been de­stroyed. I’m now start­ing over from scratch to col­lect spe­cial recipes I can pass down to my chil­dren.

Most of my fam­ily mem­bers have died, so they can no longer be a re­source for the tra­di­tional dishes I grew up with. I saw a post on­line a while back about a cook­book­let set you were of­fer­ing. Is it still avail­able, and how much does it cost? It would mean a lot to me to be able to share some of your fa­vorite recipes with my kids and younger rel­a­tives.

LORIE IN ENCINO, CALIF.

DEAR LORIE: Hav­ing been a com­pul­sive recipe col­lec­tor for many years, I can imag­ine how frus­trat­ing it was to dis­cover your recipes were gone. I hope my recipe book­lets will start you on your way to re­build­ing your col­lec­tion.

Many read­ers have writ­ten to tell me that my recipes are great for en­ter­tain­ing and ac­tu­ally save calories when they are di­vided among a greater num­ber of guests. The Raw Ap­ple Cake serves 16. (Re­mem­ber, “An ap­ple a day keeps the doc­tor away.”) Think of the fiber! The Pe­can Pie has taken blue rib­bons in county fairs. Oth­ers were fea­tured on the cov­ers of women’s mag­a­zines.

My cook­book­let set con­tains more than 100 tasty recipes for soups, sal­ads, ap­pe­tiz­ers, main cour­ses and desserts that can be used when friends and fam­ily get to­gether to cel­e­brate hol­i­days and spe­cial oc­ca­sions. Once you start re­view­ing “Cook­book­let II,” you will see that a sweet tooth runs in my fam­ily. The cook­book­lets are sold as a set and can be or­dered by send­ing your name and ad­dress, plus check or money or­der for $14 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby — Cook­book­let Set, P.O. Box 447, Mount Mor­ris, IL 61054-0447. I hope you will en­joy all the recipes be­cause din­ner guests, fam­ily mem­bers — as well as other read­ers — have raved about them. They have even been used as the ba­sis for Dear Ab­bythemed din­ner par­ties.

In­cluded in this col­lec­tion are tips on en­ter­tain­ing for those who are in­ex­pe­ri­enced or ner­vous about it. Re­mem­ber, al­though what you put on the ta­ble is im­por­tant, it’s who you put in the chairs that makes a great party.

DEAR ABBY: What do you do if your friends have gra­ciously given you sev­eral nights free at a lovely beach ho­tel, but your room faces a huge wall cov­ered by a black tarp —a con­struc­tion site? We’ve been told that no other rooms are avail­able. ROOM WITH NO VIEW

DEAR ROOM: Be­cause other ac­com­mo­da­tions aren’t avail­able, you gra­ciously ac­cept that you won’t be look­ing out at the moon­lit wa­ter. Then do your best to en­joy your FREE hol­i­day, spend­ing as much time on the sun­lit beach as you can. (Don’t for­get to use sun­screen!)

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