Martha Len Nelson / Food

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Treats ahead for fans of sweets and songs

If you liked Elvis, you’ll want to make reservations for Music Theatre of Denton’s upcoming production of All Shook Up, opening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and running through the next weekend. You’ll know all the songs, including “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Love Me Tender.”

For reservations, call 940-382-1915 or access www.dentoncommunitytheaterorg, where you may see the seating chart, learn which seats are available and put them on your credit card.

This weekend brings an event I look forward to each year: the extremely successful Denton Arts & Jazz Festival! This year, festival chairman Carol Short has signed some fabulous big-time entertainers: David Sanborn, the silver-sounding saxophonist, tonight; the “Original” Blues Brothers Band featuring University of North Texas alumnus “Blue” Lou Marini on Saturday night; and the ever popular Brave Combo on Sunday night.

My favorite foods there are gyro wraps, fried green tomatoes and, of course, baked goods at our Denton Woman’s Club booth between the library and the club building.

Today’s recipe was always made for this event by the late Barbara Jackson, so this year, Hal Jackson’s cousin Mary Denny is making them. How long has it been since you’ve had a homemade sand tart? We will have Woman’s Club Cookbooks, with more than 1,200 recipes, for sale at $29.95 at our booth. They make nice Mother’s Day gifts!

Maurine Floyd’s Sand Tarts

Yield: 4 dozen

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for rolling

2 cups flour, sifted

1 cup finely chopped pecans

1 teaspoon vanilla

Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar. Stir in flour, nuts and vanilla. Mix well. Shape dough into small balls or crescents.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 325 degrees for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Roll in extra powdered sugar while still warm.

MARTHA LEN NELSON can be contacted at 940-382-9597 or e-mail


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