After heir­loom recipes are de­stroyed, reader starts from scratch

Chicago Sun-Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - DEAR ABBY AD­VICE

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, Cal­i­for­nia

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 and fam­ily mem­bers — as well as other read­ers — have raved about them. They have even been used as the ba­sis for Dear Abby- themed din­ner par­ties. ( The place cards were dec­o­rated with hearts and flow­ers, and the cen­ter­piece was a “bou­quet” of en­velopes ad­dressed to me.)

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!).

Dear Abby is writ­ten by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Con­tact Dear Abby at dear­abby. com or P. O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

What teens need to know about sex, drugs, AIDS and get­ting along with peers and par­ents is in “What Every Teen Should Know.” Send your name and mail­ing ad­dress, plus check or money or­der for $ 7 ( U. S. funds), to: Dear Abby, Teen Booklet, P. O. Box 447, Mount Mor­ris, IL 61054- 0447. ( Ship­ping and han­dling are in­cluded in the price.)

MOST OF MY FAM­ILY MEM­BERS HAVE DIED, SO THEY CAN NO LONGER BE A RE­SOURCE FOR THE TRA­DI­TIONAL DISHES I GREWUP WITH.

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