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Pepparkakor (Pfeffernusse) cookies take “Best of Show”

—Elizabeth Hackett, Sandoval County Cooperative Extension

Old Fashioned Pepparkakor (Pfeffernusse) Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Makes 7 dozen
Cream together well:

½ cup unsalted butter
Add ¾ cup sugar
½ cup molasses
¼ cup honey, 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Add 2 eggs
Sift together and combine with set ingredients:

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Place in bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill dough at least three hours. Scoop dough into 1” rounds and roll in powdered sugar and place on baking sheet, one inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes (adjustment for high altitude) and lightly browned on bottom of cookie. Remove and place on cooling rack. When cooled, dust with more powdered sugar if desired, and watch them disappear.

Gardening in four seasons: new class schedule released

—Janet Blair

The Sandoval County Master Gardeners has released a new listing for its Four Seasons Gardening Classes. Classes will be offered, free of charge, the third Tuesday of each month at the Sabana Grande Recreation Center, 4110 Sabana Grande Avenue SE in Rio Rancho, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The dates are as follows:

  • December 20: Building and using cold frames with Dr. Curtis Smith
  • January 17: Seed starting with Lynda Garvin
  • February 2: Planning your vegetable garden with Loren Meinz
  • March 21: The challenge of growing tomatoes with Sam Thompson
  • April 18: Raised bed gardening with John Zarola
  • May 16: Chickens 101 with Gary Sims

For more information, visit or call 867-2582.

County Commission to host regional collaboration summit

—Sidney Hill

The Sandoval County Commission has once again invited government and business leaders from across the region to convene for a Collaboration Summit.

The summit is scheduled for December 15, 2016, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Rio Rancho Public Schools Training Facility—500 Laser Road in Rio Rancho. This meeting, like the previous one, is aimed at seeking joint solutions to issues that affect all county residents. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Public safety
  • Community health/mental health
  • Infrastructure
  • Establishing priorities for the upcoming legislative session

The agenda for this summit was driven by issues raised in the first meeting, which took place in October of 2015. That meeting revealed that communities across the county have similar priorities. Economic development emerged as a top priority for all communities. However, there also was near-unanimous agreement that building successful local economies will require attending to some of these other issues.

County officials expect to hear further discussion, and perhaps some proposed solutions, to some of these issues at the upcoming summit. Because all members of the county commission are expected to attend the summit, a formal notice of the meeting must be posted on the county website. The purpose of this meeting is solely to promote discussion of issues. The county commission will not take any action at this meeting. A full report from the meeting will be prepared and posted on the county’s website. For more information, call the County Manager’s office at 867-7538.

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