Cooks Who Care: Food, Fellowship and Growth

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Taste of Home recipes capture the attention of young cooks.

Group Photo 1Age 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.

Group Photo 2Apples 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."

Santa Fe Cheesecake PhotoThe 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 soup, salad, muffins and dessert for the girls. One of the recipes they use is Santa Fe Cheesecake (pictured at right).

"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."