Country Cooking with a Granville Flair: Apricot Casserole

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The Sutton General Store has just completed another successful dinner theater entitled "Holly Jolly Christmas in Mayberry." We rekindled some old friendships and made new ones - a lot of our visitors were repeat customers, and we had some first-timers. We actually had one lady who said she had seen every one of our plays. Now that is a dedicated fan!

We continue to be amazed at the publicity we have received. Each year, we try to make our play better than the year before. And each year we have some repeat fans who say, "This year is the best you have done!" They set the bar higher for us to succeed each year.

We tried different plays, but our success has been with the Andy Griffith shows. Who doesn't love Andy Griffith? The first show aired on Oct. 3, 1960, and never placed lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings. Its final season was rated No. 1. In a "Today Show" interview, Griffith said, "Well, though we never said it, and though it was shot in the 1960s, it had a feeling of the 1930s. It was when we were doing it, of a time gone by."

This is what we are about and what Granville is about. We have the feeling of yesteryear and time gone by. So join us for our Valentine Dinner Theater on Feb. 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 as we kick off the 1930s. The title will be "Love Stories in Mayberry: Rations and Romance." For reservations, call 931-653-4151. Also, for a complete list of Granville events, go to Happy New Year, everybody!

Apricot Casserole

2 (15 oz.) cans drained apricots

1 c. light brown sugar

1 c. crumbled Ritz crackers

½ c. margarine

Place drained apricots in greased casserole dish. Sprinkle brown sugar over apricots. Sprinkle crushed cracker crumbs over grown sugar and apricots. Dot with margarine. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until light brown.

This recipe was submitted by Carol Webster and can be found in the "T.B. Sutton Store Cookbook."

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