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Gourmet ideas for your holiday table By Tom Frederick Thanksgiving and Christmas, and of course FOOD! Three words that seem to fit together. Thoughts of holiday food include sugar plums, roasting chestnuts, smoking a turkey, making cookies, stirring fudge and so much more. Phyllis Phelps has a reputation around the Lake Almanor Basin as a, gourmet cook. Phelps said, "I just love to cook; I have been cooking since I was seven years old." In 1974, Phelps and her late husband, Mike started camping around the lake. The interest in the area grew until one year there were 32 people counting children, friends and family for Thanksgiving. While concentrating on Thanksgiving Phelps said it has been tradition for years that each guest gets a pie of their choice. The special part is that is served and one is ready to take home. One holiday occasion she made 14 pies, all different. Phelps also makes the bread, Potato Bring on Ch"l-i -tmas A typical Chri anas dinner consists of a slow roasted goose with orange sauce, fruit stuffing, potatoes, vegeta- bles and more. Adding fruit to many of her recipes is simple. Phelps uses baby food fruits. They are already pureed and are pure fruit. If she needs a quick sauce she will stir in a bit of club soda and but- ter. Phelps keeps baby food versions of apricots, plums, prunes, and peaches on hand in case friends drop by, so she can create a special holiday meal in a short time. As words of advice, she cautions against using substitutes such as mar- garine or milk if the recipe calls for butter and cream. Another stock item for a gourmet cook is Marsala wine, a little expen- sive, but lasts, "Forever, or least a long time." Chris Mathewson at the Glass Onion in Chester can special order the vint- ner of your choice. Taste of Italy Rolls is one of the favorites. Phelps learned to cook Italian at ' --- Photo by Torn With a cookie in one hand and spoon in the other Phyllis Phelps ready to prepare a holiday meal fit for royalty. The pan Phelps is usi given to her when she was only fourteen years old. look forward to se~'ing your title & escrow needs for another ~9 years! : nine ye_ars,, old. said that her daughter never has Issuing policies of Title Insurance of Stewart Title Guaranty Co. Nona,' from, Napoli was her gotten into cooking, but Ian enjoys., or -th ol a lima tmmm - ] teacher. Nona spoke no English and working with Grandma on her holia '/ and Your [ Phelps spoke no Italian. To this day, meals -- 608 Court, P.O. Box 1754 257-8866 Susanville , Phelps makes many dishes she doesThis w-ill be the flu'st winter that not know the name of. Phelps will winter in the basin W@ She also has learned that presenta- no family in the area, she is looking Hazel Wobbe's Country Cottage Lyle & Hazel Wobbe 714-950 Sagebrush Blvd. ~t-x . _ Susanville ~.~k~t~,'~(~ tion is very important. For her "Nona" dishes she has very Italian set of dish- es. Phelps has five sets of dishes to complement her cooking styles. He time china has sixteen place settings. In recent years, Phelps has the help of her seven-year-old grandson. Phelps forward to a quite holiday season. A disadvantage to being a good cook is Phelps does not get many invitatior for meals. Phelps has simplified some her See Gourmet, rear .t-f o [ ib a lI Gifts & Toys Holiday Decorations Christmas Crafts Cards & Stationery VALU-WlSE W. Sierra Ave. Portola-