There is no treasure like dear friends and I have many thoughtful ones. One of my newest friends, Frances Best, knows I like collecting and reading cookbooks. Last month for no reason she gave me a cookbook from the Hillcrest Baptist Church, Nederland that she attended before moving to this area. It is titled “Country Goodness” and is 210 pages of tried and true homemade recipes. Some of the pages have two or three recipes on them. Church cookbooks are one of my favorite kinds of recipe books. This one is outstanding. I especially was impressed with the Meat and Main Dishes section.

Soon after I arrived home with the cookbook, I started reading it. The first recipe I tried from the book was this Cheeseburger Pie (page 50); submitted by Ella Mae Morgan. I had no Bisquick and used Pioneer Biscuit mix instead which worked just fine. The batter bubbles up and forms its’ own golden brown crust. As accompaniments I prepared Boiled Red Potatoes, Smothered Squash and Sliced Homegrown Tomatoes. It was just a good old fashion dinner and the pie a simple, easy dish to prepare. In my opinion, using ground sausage instead of the ground beef could also make this a hearty breakfast dish. This one, dear people, is a KEEPER.

The cookbook is still available. If interested in acquiring a book, you may contact the church at 3324 Park Drive, Nederland, TX 77627. Phone number is (409) 722-3489. Cost is $10.00. I highly recommend this recipe book.

Thank you Frances, your thoughtfulness touched my heart. You indeed are a fine Christian person and a precious treasured friend. I also appreciate Hillcrest Baptist Church allowing me to share this recipe with the Record.

• 1 pound lean ground beef
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 1/2 teaspoon salt (I omitted)
• 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (I use Sharp Cheddar)

• 1 cup milk (I used 1 can of evaporated milk & added enough milk to equal 1 cup)
• 1/2 cup Bisquick (I substituted Pioneer Biscuit Mix)
• 2 eggs

Cook ground beef and onion; drain. Stir in salt. Spread in a greased 9-inch pie plate. Sprinkle with cheese. Stir remaining ingredients with a fork, until blended. Pour into pie plate over meat and cheese mixture. Bake at 400o for 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.