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Modified: November 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm •  Published: November 6, 2013


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.


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.


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 or write to Melba's Swap Shop, Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Please include your name and address.


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