DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you or any of your readers have a recipe for meatloaf that’s not too spicy? Also for stuffed peppers or stuffed cabbage, also not too spicy?

They must be easy to do. We don’t have a computer, so I can’t look online.

I enjoy your column and appreciate you putting this request before your readers. — No Name, Lewiston

ANSWER: Mr. Sun Spots says the key to his liking Sun Spots’ meatloaf is the ground beef and how it is ground. He will only eat ground beef from the local convenience store in Readfield, which grinds its own beef.

Sun Spots uses 2.5 pounds of this quality meat, plus some chopped onion, uncooked oatmeal, one egg and some ketchup. For the ketchup, she saves a bottle that is almost empty, then adds some water, shakes it up and pours it all in. She is not a “measurer,” but she guesses that she uses about a third of a cup of onion and oatmeal.

She also uses a special meatloaf pan her mother gave her. It’s actually two pans. The top pan has drain holes and fits into the larger loaf pan. That keeps the loaf from “stewing” in the fat. You can get a similar effect by draining the fat off your meatloaf. Be careful. Hot grease makes for a bad burn.

Sun Spots has made stuffed peppers/cabbage, but it’s been awhile. She awaits reader responses with anticipation.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Does anyone know the recipe for crazy crust pizza? I had it in 1970. — J.Q.

ANSWER: Usually Sun Spots can’t print recipes from websites, but she thinks this one from allrecipes.com is safe.

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a rimmed pizza pan or baking sheet.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, oregano and black pepper. Mix in eggs and milk; stir well. Pour batter into prepared pan and tilt until evenly coated. Arrange toppings of choice on top of batter.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until crust is set.

Remove crust from oven. Drizzle on pizza sauce and sprinkle on cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Readers may have their own recipes to offer.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The third annual Spring Fling in Hartford has tables available for crafters. An eight-foot table is $10; a card-table size is $5.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Hartford Town Hall, Route 140. The sale benefits the Hartford Community Church Deacons.

There will be great Easter gifts, yummy food, many crafters (crocheted, knit, woodworking, jewelry, quilting, homemade items and much, much more.

Call me at 207-224-7355 or Vicky Brown at 207-597-2914 for more information or to rent a table. Thank you. — Arlene Nason, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The High Street Congregational Church, 106 Pleasant St., Auburn, has set April 12 for this year’s fabric supply fair. The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Crafters can rent a table for $20 and come in and sell all the supplies they bought but never used. This fair is for fabric and supplies only, not the finished products.

For more information , call me. Please make sure your name and phone numbers are clear in your message, so I will be able to return your calls.

Fabric donations for the church tables may be left at the church after April 1. Call the church at 784-1306 to confirm when someone will be there. Thank you. — Paula Wing, [email protected], 207-782-3751

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