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Wonderful molasses cookies

Figs come in hundreds of varieties and in colors that include purple, brown, green, yellow and white — but the fresh figs that you are most likely to see from midsummer to November are black mission figs, which are actually a sort of purple-brown-black and are most commonly grown in California. (Todd Cross / Washington Post)
Figs come in hundreds of varieties and in colors that include purple, brown, green, yellow and white — but the fresh figs that you are most likely to see from midsummer to November are black mission figs, which are actually a sort of purple-brown-black and are most commonly grown in California. (Todd Cross / Washington Post)

I am looking for a recipe published in The Fresno Bee around 1981 for a soft, chewy molasses oatmeal cookie. I remember it called for ¼ cup of oil, about ¾ cup of molasses, and had eggs. The batter was very dark. Thank you.

— Bette Thatcher, Carmichael
    

Dill dressing, please: Does anyone have the recipe for the dill dressing served with salads at La Bou or one similar?

— Susan Medeiros, Orangevale

Terri Cherwin is also looking for this recipe; a reduced-calorie version would be helpful for her.

    

Best crab cake ever: I have lost a favorite recipe. I think it came from a woman's magazine. It was for the best crab cakes ever. It talked about how this recipe had more crab and less filler than most.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Thank you.

— Melissa Magee, Sacramento

Watson is a Sacramento home economist who has been a nutrition consultant and cooking instructor for nearly 20 years. She is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Science. Write: Teri Watson, Taste, The Sacramento Bee, P.O. Box 15779, Sacramento 95852. Fax: 916-556-5625. E-mail: twatson@sacbee.com. Include your full name, phone number and city.

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