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The last few weeks have been wonderfully exciting times for us!

In addition to cooking locally, we have been busy preparing for a political campaign.

It is with great pleasure that I let you know that my sister, Rebecca, has filed to run for city council here in Sanford.  You can read more about her at www.rebeccaforcitycouncil.com and in the article that ran in the paper this morning.

As her campaign manager, I have spent many hours working with her and fewer hours cooking. One of the benefits is that other household members have taken up the slack – at least when it comes to baking yummy treats (no one has volunteered to cook chard or lentils- I wonder why not?)

This recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies (adapted from the Pillsbury Complete Book of Baking) has made three appearances in the last week – it is easy to make, includes several local ingredients including peanut butter, and is quite delicious.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c brown sugar

1/2 c butter

1/2 c peanut butter

2 T milk

1 t vanilla

1 egg

1 3/4 c flour

1 t baking soda

1/2 salt

More sugar

Set oven to 375F. Beat together sugars and butter. Add peanut butter, milk, vanilla and egg. Mix well. To this mixture, add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir well and shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten in a criss cross pattern with a fork. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until golden. Enjoy!

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