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McArthur is 'Cook of the Week'

This week’s cook of the week is Russell McArthur.

McArthur has worked in Iowa Park the past four years, three years as manager of Golden Chick, before having the opportunity to buy Cedar Tree Restaurant just over a year ago.

He and his wife, Courtney live in Wichita Falls, but have their home on the market, so they can move to Iowa Park.

Courtney is the bookkeeper for Cedar Tree as well as Wichita Metal.

To McArthur it seems he was meant to be in the food service business.

He said he has tried other occupations, but always ended up back in food. He said he figures it is his niche, since he always caught on fast and worked his way to the top quickly.

So when he learned the Cedar Tree was available to purchase he thought he may try owning his own food business. So far, it has worked well he said.

Although he did admit there is more stress owning his own business, explaining it’s more than managing people and food, before if something broke he just called someone to fix it and the stress was over. Now, even though he calls someone to fix something he says he has to be more concerned about the cost, and how it will affect his business.

He says the hardest part of being in the food service business is making everyone happy, and keeping good help.

His hobbies use to include playing drums, working on cars, and DJ work, but now he doesn’t have much time for hobbies.

The recipes he shared are two from Ellen Green who managed the Cedar Tree nine years, and the rest are some of he and his wife’s favorites.

Dirt Pie
1/2 stick (4 Tbls.) margarine
8 ozs. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 (3 1/2 oz.) pkgs. instant vanilla pudding mix, made as directed on package
1 pkg. (1 1/4lbs.) Oreo cookies, crushed
1 tub Cool Whip
Cream first three ingredients together. Mix pudding as directed. Mix in Cool Whip then add to the first three ingredients.
Alternate layers of cookies and pudding, beginning and ending with cookies.

Ellen’s Peanut Butter Fudge
2 cups milk
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup milk
8 Tbls. peanut butter
Boil sugar and milk in heavy pot. Boil until firm ball stage. Check stage in a bowl of cold water.
When at the right stage, take off of burner. Add peanut butter and whisk until it thickens. Pour into a butter cookie sheet or baking pan. Cool before cutting.
Ellen’s No Bake Cookies
To the above ingredients, add 1 cup of quick oats and stir fast.
Pour into buttered pan and cut into squares.

Frozen Fruit Salad
12 ozs. cream cheese
2 cups mayonnaise
7 cups drained fruit cocktail
5 cups tiny marshmallows
1 cup drained Maraschino cherries
2 cups whipped cream
Mix all of the ingredients together, spread into a dish and freeze until set. Serve.

Chicken Spaghetti

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 Pkg. spaghetti - cook as directed
1/4 small white onion
1 small can sliced tomatoes, drained
1 small can mushrooms
1 small can sliced ripe olives
1 tsp. Worcterchire sauce
1 small garlic clove, chopped
1 1/2 cans chicken broth
2 tsp. flour
Grated cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute onion, add drained tomatoes, broth and other seasonings. Cook to a thick sauce, then make a paste by adding 2 tsps. flour. Cool. Add to cooked spaghetti and simmer 15-20 minutes. Add chicken, mushrooms, and olives. Serve.



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