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May 8, 2013

Couple finds recipe for a lasting and loving marriage

:Dear Abby: My husband came up to me after dinner, wrapped his arms around me and asked, “Honey, is there anything we need to discuss?” In his hand he held an envelope on which I had written your name and address. When I told him it was a request for a copy of your cookbooklet — not a request for marriage counseling — he was relieved. We have been “cooking up” a wonderful life together for 10 years.

Somehow I managed to misplace your cookbooklet. I have read that there is now a set of two of them. Would you please give me the ordering instructions? Thanks, Abby!

:Jean In Richland, Wash.

:Dear Jean: I get a lot of letters like yours and I’m glad to oblige. Once you start looking at “Cookbooklet II” you will see that a sweet tooth runs in my family. Many readers have told me the dessert recipes in my cookbooklets are great for entertaining, and actually save calories because they are divided among a greater number of people. The raw apple cake with caramel glaze serves 16! My booklets are sold as a set and can be ordered by sending your name and address, plus check or money order for $14 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby — Cookbooklet Set, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling are included in the price. Remember, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and this recipe requires five or six of them. (Think of the fiber!)

My cookbooklet set contains more than 100 tasty recipes for soups, salads, appetizers, main courses and desserts that can be used when friends and families get together to celebrate holidays and special occasions.

I have been told by some readers that they have been used as the basis for Dear Abby-themed dinner parties. (The place cards were decorated with hearts and flowers, and the centerpiece was a “bouquet” of envelopes addressed to me.)

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