Apples of Gold

Apples of Gold


Age doesn't matter when it comes to enjoying good food. But, let's face it. Those with extra years under their belt usually have more expertise in the kitchen.

A lifelong passion for young people, plus a collection of tried-and-true Taste of Home recipes, led West Bend, Wisconsin residents Diane Fechter and RuthAnn Phaneuf to host an Apples of Gold program for the young women in their community.

Apples of Gold is a 6-week-long mentoring program that combines scripture lessons with live cooking demonstrations and shared meals. It teaches young women how to be godly wives and mothers, while emphasizing the importance of hospitality in the home.

"The older women teach the younger women life skills, including how to prepare home-cooked meals," says Diane. "Young people like good food just as much as we do, and they don't always want to use a microwave in the process."

The leaders primarily use Taste of Home recipes for their demos. At one meeting, Diane and RuthAnn (with some help from a few other members) prepared Santa Fe Cheesecake, Deli-Style Pasta Salad, Turkey Fruit Salad, Cranberry Almond Muffins, Creamy Turkey Soup and Tiramisu Toffee Torte.

"We use Taste of Home recipes because they're delicious, they're easy to make and they always turn out," says RuthAnn. "We show the girls that having friends over for a meal doesn't have to be difficult or scary."

Among the most-requested Taste of Home recipes are Santa Fe Cheesecake, Deli-Style Pasta Salad, Turkey Fruit Salad, Cranberry Almond Muffins, Creamy Turkey Soup and Tiramisu Toffee Torte.