Modified: November 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm •  Published: November 6, 2013
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RECIPE FOR A GOOD COOK

2 cups desire to cook

1 cup love, filled to overflowing

1 cup creative ability

1 tablespoon originality

1 tablespoon spice for life

Dash of imagination

• Blend well and place in a sunny cheery kitchen not any warmer than 70 degrees. This makes for a lifetime of surprises and good eating.

Sandy Killian, Oklahoma City

DEAR READERS: Please share your recipes for favorite family Christmas beverages.

Also, a reader asked for a recipe for Mystery Fruitcake. I searched but could not find one. Perhaps one of you can help. In the meantime, this is a good fruitcake, too.

TEXAS FRUIT CAKE

1 pound pecan meats

2 or 3 ounces lemon extract, to taste

1 pound candied cherries

1 pound candied pineapple

5 cups all-purpose flour

1 pound butter or margarine

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

• Soak pecan meats in lemon extract overnight in tightly closed plastic container. Do not use metal.

• In large bowl, dust cherries and pineapple with 1-cup of the flour. Add pecans and mix well.

• Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease 4 loaf pans and dust with flour. In large bowl of electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, mixing well.

• Sift together remaining flour and baking powder. Add to sugar-egg mixture. Stir into fruit-nut mixture, working from the bottom up until fruit-nut mix is well distributed. (You may have to use your hands.) Divide into prepared pans and bake in middle of oven 2 1/2-to-3 hours or until tester comes out clean. Do not let edges burn. Allow to cool 30 minutes before removing cakes to racks. They will be better after about a week. Or, when completely cool, they can be wrapped and frozen.

Melba

DEAR MELBA: I hope you can tell readers about our Holiday Shopping Extravaganza that will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at Waterloo Church of the Nazarene, 457 W. Waterloo Road in Edmond.

Doris Beecham, Edmond

If you have a problem other readers might help solve or an idea you'd like to share, email mlovelace@opubco.com or write to Melba's Swap Shop, Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Please include your name and address.

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