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Memories include many favorites
DEAR MELBA: Recently I was thinking of the Anna Maude’s Apple Pie from years ago, then I opened the paper to see the true recipe in your column! I can’t tell you how excited I was to see that.
The Lyons (editor’s note: Cooper Lyon was owner of Anna Maude’s cafeteria) were my next-door neighbors when I was growing up. Cooper’s mother was precious and tiny, and Cooper would always come over to help her by burning the compost and picking the apples from trees in her yard for the pies. Little did I know then the treat that was growing right outside my bedroom window. We would climb in those trees, and I knew my parents loved the pie served with a slice of cheddar cheese on top.
It’s a very fond memory of mine, as you can tell.
I have to ask, as I know you have been asked a hundred times, do you have the original Putnam City School Cinnamon Roll recipe from the 1970s? I went to grade school there, and every Friday the cafeteria would serve tacos and cinnamon rolls. They were incredible. I truly do not think I have found one like it since. It had many layers and was very gooey. I would love to know if you have it. Thank you so much for what you do. It is so fun getting to bring back a part of our history that has made an impression in our lives.
— Ashley Duncan
DEAR MELBA: Please inquire if anyone will share Anna Maude’s recipes for Rhubarb Pie and Fried Eggplant.
— Reba Lawson, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: Do you have a recipe for Texas Caviar? It’s made with black-eyed peas.
— Karen Dickerson, Del City
Someone will surely have a different recipe to share, but the following is from a 1987 column. It’s similar to a recipe Jolene McHughes, of Norman, shared. Add the jalapeno peppers carefully, adjusting them to suit your taste. One thing I especially like about this one is that it can be made ahead.
2 cans (14 ounces each) black-eyed peas, drained
1 can (15 ounces) white hominy, drained
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium sweet green pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 bottle (8 ounces) Italian salad dressing
•In large salad bowl, combine all ingredients except salad dressing; mix well. Pour dressing over mixture and mix well again. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for at least 2 hours. Drain and serve. Makes 7 cups.
Signs of Faith
DEAR MELBA: In Missoula, Mont., my cousin’s husband had the joyful duty of posting the church sign. The sign he posted just before going into the presence of the Lord Jesus was: “Is Jesus your per$onal savior?” He used the dollar sign because the Lord Jesus has already paid the price.
— Theresa Lovelace, Tuttle
DEAR MELBA: Here’s a church sign I saw in Wilburton: God wants custody of our lives, not just weekend visits.
— Mary Lee Colwell, Red Oak
DEAR MELBA: I want to tell you about a fantastic church sign I saw at a church in Harrah: The teacher is silent when giving a test.
— Bill Fisher, Harrah
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