Martha Len Nelson / Food

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The beat never stops in Denton.

Mike Steinel, a jazz trumpet professor at the University of North Texas, will assume the personality of Tex Zimmerman with his annual Memorial Day concert, “Dylanfest,” from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Dan’s Silverleaf on Industrial Street.

Tex Zimmerman and His All-Star Revue perform music drawn from Bob Dylan’s (Robert Zimmerman) career spanning five decades. Mike, on keyboard and harmonica, will be joined by fabulous instrumentalists and vocalists such as Rosana and Gary Eckert, Beverly Hoch and Paul Slavens.

Admission is free with a contribution to Instruments of Change, a nonprofit founded in 2008 to take musical instruments and instruction to at-risk children throughout the world.

In fact, if you have an unused musical instrument lying around your home, Mike and his wife, Beverly Hoch, would gladly take it off your hands. Mike’s e-mail address is mike.steinel@unt.edu .

Denton Community Theatre’s PointBank Black Box Theatre on East Hickory Street will be the place to be next weekend for the second annual Method and Madness playwriting festival from Thursday through June 1, featuring staged readings of five prize-winning original scripts.

The festival, focusing on “imagination and the human condition,” was created to raise awareness during Mental Health Month.

A reception and dinner before the opening night play is slated for 6 p.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/14A8orK , or the Method & Madness event page on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/17lzczm .

The next show at the Campus Theater venue begins one week from today when Denton Community Theatre presents Larry Gelbart’s crafty comedy Sly Fox, about scheming miser Foxwell J. Sly, directed by Bill Kirkley.

From the play on words, you can imagine the antics onstage. The theater suggests it is for mature audiences only.

To purchase tickets, call 940-382-1915, or go to www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com , where you can select your own seats.

Today’s recipe is for lemon lovers. Nita Hill brought these for the Denton City Federation of Women’s Clubs booth at the recent Denton Arts & Jazz Festival.

The cookie dough is supposed to be rolled and sliced, but Nita says she just dropped the dough by teaspoonfuls. Either way, they will melt in your mouth!

Lemon Frost Cookies

Yield: about 4 dozen

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened

6 tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons lemon juice

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup cornstarch

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

For frosting:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2 cups confectioners sugar

4 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

Additional lemon zest for topping (optional)

Using an electric mixer, cream the 3 sticks of butter and 6 tablespoons of sugar until light and fluffy, about five minutes. Beat in lemon juice.

In another bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch and lemon peel; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape dough into two rolls, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter; wrap in plastic and chill for an hour, or until firm.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Gently — they are fragile — remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

To make frosting: Beat 1 stick of butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners sugar, 4 teaspoons lemon juice and zest; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies; sprinkle with additional lemon zest if desired. Let stand until set.

Store cookies in an airtight container, such as a cookie tin, not plasticware.

MARTHA LEN NELSON can be contacted at 940-382-9597 or e-mail mlnelson29@verizon.net .

 


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