Dear Sun Spots: I am responding to a request from M. Grover in Rumford in the Jan. 25 column for a simple potato doughnut recipe. I had to send mine as it is very easy and they are delicious every time. I found the recipe in “Main-ly Good Eatin,” cookbook put out by the American Cancer Society. In addition, regarding old songs, I can’t believe you don’t know about 107.5 Frank FM. It is awesome and the only radio station to listen to. – Cheryl Plog, Strong.

Potato doughnut ingredients: 1½ cups sugar, 2 tablespoons Crisco, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup plain (no seasoning) hot mashed potatoes, 4 cups all purpose flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 1 cup buttermilk, separate bowl of sugar and cinnamon. Method: Boil small to medium potato and mash onto plate. In a large bowl, cream sugar and shortening with mixer: add eggs, salt, vanilla and plain mashed potato. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and nutmeg. Add to the creamed mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Turn onto lightly floured board and knead five or six times. Roll out ¼ inch thick, cut with doughnut cutter. Fry in solid Crisco (at 370-380 degrees) until brown, turning doughnuts as soon as they rise to the top. This will take about 30 seconds per side. Yields three dozen.

Note: My secret is that once they’ve cooled slightly and drained onto paper towel, I dip them in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. I just add some sugar in a bowl and sprinkle cinnamon on top and mix (not too much but just enough to taste). These doughnuts do not stay around long and they are just as good the next day, if there are any left. You can’t go wrong with this one. Enjoy!

Dear Sun Spots: I am wondering if you have any information about the cooking show that has been held at the Lewiston Middle School in the past. It is open to the public and has had about 800 people in attendance. I am interested in knowing who sponsors the event, when it will be and any contact information that might be available. Any and all information would be greatly appreciated! – No Name, No Town.

Answer: The event is sponsored by the Sun Journal, and Sun Spots would encourage you to please contact Jody Jalbert via e-mail at [email protected] or via phone at (207) 689-2913 with any further questions.

Dear Sun Spots: Some time ago you printed the names and address of several shoe repair stores in the Lewiston-Auburn area. Can you please print them again if they are still available? Thank you for your help. – Ruth in Livermore.

Answer: Try taking your shoes to Obie’s Shoe Repair, 289 Lisbon St., Lewiston, (207) 784-8164, or Shoe Renu, 14 Maine St. (in Fort Andross), Brunswick, (207) 725-8557.

Dear Sun Spots: I enjoy reading your column every day and have gotten help from you several times, which I appreciate very much.

I’m looking for a cassette or records of Billy Cash Cradit that contain the song “Rub It In.” I’m hoping someone has one out there for me. I’ll buy it for a reasonable price. Please call (207) 783-8698. It’s a Lewiston phone number. I have an answering machine. Please leave a message if I’m not home. Thank you in advance. I will appreciate it very much. – Theresa Morneault, Sabattus.

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