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Home Cooking: A daughter's story from Mountain Heritage cookbook

July 24, 2012

Bev Coyle is a member of the board for One Mountain Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the community surrounding Fort Ritchie in Cascade.

Coyle submitted several recipes for inclusion in “Mountain Heritage Cooking Collection,” a fundraising cookbook to benefit One Mountain Foundation. Several of the recipes Coyle submitted are from her mother, Miriam Poole.

“My mother was always the best cook ever,” Coyle said. “She has Alzheimer’s disease now. I thought it would be a nice to have some of her recipes in ‘Mountain Heritage Cooking Collection’.”

Coyle said Poole was improvisational — she could put things together without a recipe. She cooked everything, Coyle said, but excelled at desserts, such as this traditional apple crisp.

Coyle began cooking with her mother when she was a young girl.

“She used to show me stuff. I remember when I was very little she would have me help her,” Coyle said. “I’m not as good as her. I like to try new things all the time, but I like to follow a recipe. I guess that’s why I have 15 million cookbooks.”

Copies of “Mountain Heritage Cooking Collection” cost $15 and are available at Fort Ritchie Community Center, or go to www.onemountainfoundation.org.

— Chris Copley, Lifestyle assistant editor

Old-fashioned apple crisp

1 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 large egg

4 to 5 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and sliced

2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar mixture

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and egg. Use a fork to mash ingredients into a lumpy mixture.

Grease an 8-inch-by-8-inch baking pan. Spread apple slices in pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Spread the flour-egg mixture evenly over apples, and drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Serves six.

— Recipe by Miriam Poole; submitted by Bev Coyle

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