Delicious desserts are best shared with company

DEAR ABBY: I lost your collection of cookbooks! My family and I really enjoyed some of these recipes. I’ve loved everyone I’ve tried, but my favorites are the desserts. Particularly noteworthy is your Peanut Butter Pie. This is delicious ! Please let me know how I can order the booklets again. I need it because I’m having a family party for Father’s Day.

DEAR SWEET TOOTH: You and I have something in common – our affinity for desserts. I’ve made the Peanut Butter Pie several times for guests and it has been well received. Last time I made it, I thought I would try to “de-calorie” it. I strained fat-free yogurt through cheesecloth until it thickened and replaced it with cream cheese. It worked beautifully. My guests couldn’t tell the difference. For readers who would like to try it, here is the original recipe:

HEAVENLY PEANUT BUTTER PIE


CRUST:

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup butter (1/2 cube), melted

2oz. semi-sweet chocolate, grated

TOPPING: 1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

2 teaspoons butter, softened

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup salted peanuts (optional)

1 (8 oz) package frozen whipped topping, thawed

In medium bowl, combine cracker crumbs, butter and chocolate; mix well. Reserve 1/4 cup of the breadcrumb mixture to use as a garnish. Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom and sides of 9-inch pie pan. Coldness.

In a large bowl, beat together peanut butter, cream cheese and butter. Add sugar and vanilla. Mix well.

Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts. Stir in whipped topping. Pour into cooled crust and top with reserved breadcrumb mixture. Refrigerate overnight.

For: 8 DISCIPLINED people.

My cookbook contains more than 100 tasty recipes for soups, salads, appetizers, main dishes and, of course, desserts for special occasions. Order by sending your name and address and a check or money order for $16 (US funds) to: Dear Abby Cookbooklet Set, PO Box 447, Mt. Morris, IL 61054. Shipping and handling charges are included in the price.

I’m proud to say that some of the recipes included have won blue ribbons at national fairs, while others have graced the cover of women’s magazines. But whether your reception is formal or casual, remember that it’s the person you put in the chairs in addition to the food that makes a great party.

DEAR ABBY: My daughter’s boyfriend recently stayed with us for eight days. He is 50 years old ; we are in our sixties. He took “help yourself” to mean that it was okay to drink our alcohol from early afternoon until bedtime. How can we have some control over this situation without causing a scene?

— CLOSED BAR IN NORTH CAROLINA

DEAR BAR’S CLOSED: Put a lock on the cabinet where you store your booze, or take it out of the house completely when you know it’s planning a return visit. And while you’re at it, have a serious talk with your daughter about her boyfriend’s insatiable appetite for alcohol, as it could negatively impact her future.

About Dear Abby

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or PO Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.



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