Something’S Cooking At The Senior Center

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Recently we went to see the movie “Julie & Julia.” I loved it and even though it is considered to be a chick-flick, Len enjoyed it too.

The film got me to thinking about cookbooks. I confess to being a cookbook addict. Even when not looking for a specific recipe, I enjoy browsing through them.

When we lived in Wisconsin, I had a collection of more than 50 cookbooks in all categories — ethnic, dessert, celebrity and lots of my favorites, those put out by churches, schools and other organizations.

When we moved to Payson — taking only what we could pack into our van — I had to get rid of all those beloved cookbooks. Some I gave away and the rest were donated to the American Association of University Women for their huge annual book sale.

I’m sure you can figure out what happened once we were established in Payson — the hunt for new cookbooks began. Now, 11 years later, I again have a sizeable collection.

The movie prompted me to spend some time with my cookbooks. What fun.

One of my favorites, “The Breakfast Book” by Marion Cunningham (which just happens to have the best recipe for buttermilk pancakes anywhere) includes a list for “Breakfast Table Civility and Deportment.”

Among the rules are: “Because everyone is defenseless at breakfast, there should be no contentiousness or crossness” and “Guests always receive the choicest portions.”

Another book, Gladys Taber’s “Stillmeadow Cook Book,” advises that the recipe for Mexican salad “Serves four, or you can just serve two and not get into any trouble.”

In another recipe from the same book, Viennese Veal Stew, the author adds, “If you feel as I do about caraway seeds, leave them out.”

P.S. I am currently looking for a cookbook titled “The Bean Bible” to add to my collection. If anyone out there has a copy and is willing to part with it, please call me at (928) 472-9302.

Senior Circle

Senior Circle Adviser and Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Coombes has resigned her position with Senior Circle to move to the Pacific Northwest. Maureen Griffin is now in the post.

There will be an AARP Drivers’ Safety Program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. A $14 fee covers course materials. For information, call (928) 472-9290.

A Munch and Learn program is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Senior Circle. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Tom Russell, health insurance specialist. He will discuss 2010 Medical Beneficiary Choices. Reservations may be made at the Circle front desk or by calling the above phone number.

This program is open to the public and will cover:

• Why upcoming changes in government funding to Medicare Part C may impact your 2010 choices.

• Specific questions to ask your current 2009 company before renewing for 2010, and why a plan’s fine print almost never stays the same from year to year.

• Rarely discussed — or promoted — coverage options that in today’s climate may work best for you and your specific needs.

• Traditional Medicare, Part D Rx and Medicare Supplements — how to navigate the many choices and make the best possible coverage decisions.

Marienea LaShomb is the art project leader at Senior Circle. Classes are held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.

Think about it: Save the earth — it’s the only planet with chocolate.

Senior Center and Thrift Store

Time to ready your wardrobe for the change of seasons. The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., now has fall clothing for sale. A new department has been added to the Boutique: a selection of Junior Miss garments. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Senior Center and Thrift Store would like to thank the teachers and staff, parents and students from Dynamite Sports who entertained September’s First Friday visitors with their delightful dancing and gymnastics.

The Senior Center will be closed Monday, Oct. 12 for Columbus Day. The Thrift Store will be open.

It’s not too early to start thinking about the Senior Center’s annual Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 30. There will be a costume contest, entertainment and a ghoulish gourmet lunch. For reservations call (928) 474-4876.

Carmen Brown is Volunteer of the Month for October. Carmen serves at both the Senior Center and the Thrift Store.

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