Dear Sun Spots: I enjoy your daily column and it has so much information. You have helped me before, and I hope you can again.

My husband bought me a Magic Chef convection oven for Christmas. It came with a book on how to use it, but not any way to cook different foods. We tried to broil hamburgers, they came out like shoe leather. I would appreciate Sun Spots finding us a cookbook for convection ovens or perhaps some readers could help. Thank you for any information. – No Name, Minot.


Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots located several convection oven cookbooks online www.amazon.com. You might also contact Magic Chef to see if they carry a cookbook with a variety of recipes for trying out in your new oven. In the meantime, Sun Spots did locate The Convection Oven Bible by Linda Stephen on on www.powells.com as well as the following recipe for Melt-In-Your-Mouth Salmon Fillets (Convection Oven Method), found online at www.recipezaar.com. Ingredients: five salmon fillets (skin left on one side), 1/2 cup mayonnaise (or as needed), 2 teaspoons dried dill weed (or to taste), 2 teaspoons lemon pepper (or to taste), seasoning salt (to taste), lemon wedges. Method: Wash the salmon well under cold water, then pat dry using paper towels. In a bowl mix together mayonnaise with dried dill and lemon pepper until combined. Using a brush, coat all sides of the salmon fillets with the mayo mixture (make certain to coat the fillets generously with mayo!).

Place a well-greased rack into a greased baking dish and set the salmon (skin-side down) onto the rack. Sprinkle the top of the fillets with seasoning salt. At this point you can cover an refrigerate until ready to bake. Set heat to 425 convection-bake (must use a hot oven). Bake the salmon for 20 minutes or until cooked (do not turn the salmon, the cooking time will vary depending on the size of your fillets).

Serve the cooked fillets with lemon wedges.

Dear Sun Spots: We are looking for volunteers.

The “Program for Grieving Children and Teens” will hold a 27-hour training in May for those interested in becoming a volunteer.

Classes will be held at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice in Lewiston. Training includes such topics as understanding grief and how different age groups respond to it; group facilitation; safe expression of anger; self care; age appropriate activities within groups; rituals and rights, etc. This training is provided at no cost.

The program offers non-therapeutic peer-to-peer support for families who have lost a loved one to death. Currently we run two 10-week sessions per year, one in the spring, one in the fall. Kids meet in age appropriate groups for activities, games, rituals, art and other forms of self-expression. Accompanying adults are given the opportunity to meet at the same time to support each other and discuss ways to best support their family’s needs.

We are a volunteer-driven program that is co-sponsored by A.H.C.H. and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Volunteer opportunities include facilitating adult or child groups, greeting or interviewing families, community outreach, and clerical work.

This work is demanding, but extremely rewarding. Prospective volunteers should not have suffered a loss within the last year and be at least 16 years old. All candidates will be interviewed and must pass a D.H.S. and criminal background check. If you or someone you know is looking for a meaningful volunteer experience, please apply.

For more information, or for a volunteer application, please call Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice at 777-7740, ext. 1302. – Jake Lariviere, Lewiston.

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