In The Kitchen: Offering treats from Junior Service League

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By Robin McDaniel
Blount Today

Browsing through the Junior Service League Cookbook, I found a recipe that would give me the opportunity to try something familiar that I had never baked before.

I have never baked spaghetti, so the Baked Spaghetti Casserole was a good recipe for me to try. After trying it, there is only one problem with the dish. We are now eating it once a week, and, it is even better warmed-up for another meal a day or two later!

Add a salad and garlic bread and you have a delicious supper.

The second recipe is Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze. It is easy, moist and delicious.

The Junior Service League was founded in 1951, and its members provide immeasurable hours to the community, including volunteering at numerous Special Olympics events, delivering meals daily through Senior Nutrition’s "Meals on Wheels," providing volunteers for organizations such as American Red Cross, United Way, Blount Memorial Hospital and Leadership Blount. Their signature project is Blount County Toys for Tots, which helps raise money for toys for more than 1,200 Blount County children each year.

The cookbooks are for sale and are available from any Junior Service League member and at the Blount Today office.

Baked Spaghetti
Submitted by Whitney Roberts
8 oz. spaghetti, cooked and drained
1 to 1 and 1/2 lb. ground beef, browned
1 onion chopped
1 26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
1 small carton cottage cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Olive oil

Cook spaghetti, drain and toss with small amount of olive oil. Brown ground beef and onion together. Combine spaghetti sauce and meat.

Spray a 9 x 13 in baking dish with any non-stick cooking spray. Put noodles in dish, spread on cottage cheese, then cover with the spaghetti sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese.

Bake a 350-degrees covered for 25-30 minutes. Uncover, and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Submitted by Eva Carpenter
3 eggs
1 and 1/2 cup Wesson vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups plain flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix eggs, oil and sugar, blend well. Sift dry ingredients into egg mixture. Add vanilla, apples and pecans. Batter will be stiff. Pour mixture into bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool.

Brown Sugar Glaze
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons butter
Melt butter and add brown sugar. Cook until nice and bubbly. Drizzle on cake.

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