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“Rich or poor, the good host or hostess always seems to have the same traits: a love of home, a delight in companionship, and an appreciation of good food and drink.”
“The food and drink are only half the party; the host himself is the other half.”
“If you are uncertain about the cooking time of an important dish, it is better to have it done too late than too early. Conversation can fill any gaps between courses.”
“Simple or complex, small or large, buffets are the easiest, most informal and often the
pleasantest way to entertain.”

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Marionberry Cobbler
1 stick butter, melted
1-1/2 c milk
2 c flour
2 c sugar
1 T baking powder
4 c fresh or frozen marionberries, substitute with black berries
up to 2 c sugar (for the top)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan. Mix milk, flour, 2 cups sugar and baking powder well. Pour over melted butter. Do NOT stir. Sprinkle berries on top. Do NOT stir. Cover with up to 2 cups sugar. Do NOT stir. Bake for about 1 hour or until middle is set and edges are crispy.

Jim Beard's Complete Cookbook for Entertaining, Jim Beard, 1954