RVFD Aux’s cookbook Vol. 4 a ‘must have’

They’re here! The new cookbooks from the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department is now in print—just in time for Mother’s Day or any other gift-giving you need to do.

If your Dad is the cook in the family, you can give him one because the book includes a lot of recipes from men—some for the grill, some not. If you can’t think of anyone to give one to, just buy one for yourself. The firehouse cookbooks are my very favorites— I use them more than any in my cookbook collection.

Here’s just one example from Firehouse Family Favorites, Volume 4—did you realize that it has been 15 years since the last one was published? This one is for the outdoor cooker by Elvis McQuinn Jr. Big Ol’ Mess 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into chunks

3 jalapeno peppers, sliced

1 green pepper, cut into bite-size chunks

1 sweet onion, cut into bite-size chunks

1 foil cooking bag

1/2 cup Tabasco sauce

1 (10 oz.) jar sweet-and-sour sauce

Place sausage, peppers and onion in foil bag. Mix Tabasco sauce with sweet-and-sour sauce in a small bowl and pour over mixture in foil bag; seal edge tightly. Place foil bag on grill; cook for about 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. Slit open and serve right out of the bag.

Linda Crane again has lots of her favorite recipes, like in the other books. Have you ever eaten anything made by Linda Crane that wasn’t good? Here’s another.

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1 cup pecans, chopped

2/3 cup butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

In bowl, combine sugar, flour and pecans. Set aside. In large bowl, combine butter and eggs, mixing well. Stir in dry ingredients just until moistened. Spray miniature muffin pans and fill 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes or until done—do not over bake. Remove immediately to cool on wire rack. Makes approximately 36 muffins.

The hardback, three-ring cookbook is $15 and you can get one at Pam’s Rockdale Beauty Shop or call Joni Crane, cookbook chairman, 512-429-0261. Funds from the cookbook pay for the annual scholarship for a graduating student whose parent is associated with the fire department.


The annual MARC Run is all day Saturday. You can get bbq plates to go or stay at the headquarters, The Ranch. This motorcycle, car, horse and buggy (or whatever) event provides funds for the center which nurtures people throughout the county with physical or mental disabilities. A live auction will provide more funds for the center and there will be a disc jockey for your entertainment and dancing.

If you’re rested up by Wednesday, you can relax and play your favorite games with your favorite people at Linwood Acres Garden Club’s annual Spring Happening at St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall. The salad luncheon is back and delicious and a silent auction adds to the fun and also the scholarship funds the club gives each year. You can get tickets from any garden club member or at the door. Get your besties together and come join the fun.

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