Dear Sun Spots: I wonder if your readers want to add fun and play to their lives in the coming year – something delightful to balance the work we adults do. Reading aloud at a licensed home-based child care facility from a prepacked bag of books could be just the thing to bring a spark to yours and our 2007!

BookReach, of the Auburn and Lewiston public libraries, is looking for committed, reliable volunteers to read to children under age 5, one weekday morning, for about 20-30 minutes, every one or two weeks. The picture books are colorful and fun, and their stories can stimulate in children the joy of opening books while bringing out a playful side in all of us.

Please phone Kathleen Demers, BookReach coordinator, as soon as possible at 784-0135, ext. 213, to begin the process of adding something fun and rewarding to your life and the lives of those being read to in 2007. – Kathleen Demers, Lewiston


Dear Sun Spots: Thanks for the great job you do at helping people find things. I love your column. My daughter-in-law has asked me to make a raspberry quiche for Christmas. I have searched the Internet for the recipe and the one recipe I found is not what she remembers having. The one I found is from a chef at the Citadel. Has anyone ever heard of it? Does anyone have a recipe for one? Thanks. I can be reached at [email protected] – L.W. Paris.

Answer:
Other than the recipe you mention above, the only recipe Sun Spots was able to locate was an apple and raisin one online at www.recipeland.com and Sun Spots wonders if you might consider substituting the apples for raspberries and in place of the raisins perhaps some high-quality white or milk chocolate? In this case you might also consider leaving out the cinnamon entirely, unless you happen to like raspberries and cinnamon. Ingredients & Directions: 1/3 c. raisins, 1 quiche shell (9 inch), 3 large apples, 2 large eggs (or ½ cup egg substitute), 1 cup whipping cream, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1½ tsp. cinnamon. Sprinkle raisins on bottom of quiche shell. Peel, core and slice apples; arrange over raisins. Whisk together eggs, cream, sugar and cinnamon; pour over apples. Bake in 375-degree oven for 50 minutes or until custard is nearly firm. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving or serve at room temperature.

Dear Sun Spots: I am a listener of Keith Olbermann, who has a talk show called Countdown on MSNBC. I would like his mailing address, please, as I have some information for him. Thank you.

Answer:
Consider contacting him via e-mail at [email protected] or via mail in the C/O Countdown, MSNBC TV, One MSNBC Plaza, Secaucus, N.J. 07094.

Dear Sun Spots: For C.J of West Poland who wondering where to buy rabbit meat (Sun Spots request Thursday): Town and Country Foods in Greene, 946-5489, can possibly order rabbit meat for you, by the 40 pound case, to be delivered to their store within a week. They are located on 72 Daggett Hill Road and are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Terry Paladino, Lewiston.

Sun Spots wishes column readers a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

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