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Oven Poached Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce

1 pound salmon fillet, cut into 4 portions
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Coat 9-inch glass pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.

Place salmon, skin-side down, in pie plate. Sprinkle with water, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with shallot. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 15 to 25 minutes or just until salmon flakes easy with a fork. Prepare Lemon-Dill Sauce, then serve over salmon.

1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup 1-percent milk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon fresh grated lemon peel
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Place mayonnaise in small saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk. Set saucepan over medium-low heat; cook, whisking constantly until mixture is smooth and heated through but not bubbling, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in dill, lemon peel, lemon juice, mustard and pepper. Serve warm.

Yields 4 servings. Per serving: 202 calories, 9g fat, 24g protein, 3g carbohydrate, 65mg cholesterol, 409mg sodium.


Robert Baumgardner, Sr.

A Celebration of Life Service for Robert Welcome Baumgardner, Sr., 84, of Pagosa Springs, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at the Restoration Fellowship Church in Pagosa Springs.  Pastor Al DeBoer, Pastor Randall C. Haynes, and Rev. Kenneth Carter will be officiating.  Honorary pastors are Dr. James W. Smith of Amarillo, Texas, and Rev. James E. Tidwell of Lampasas, Texas.  Services are under the direction of Hood Mortuary of Durango, Colorado.

Mr. Baumgardner died on September 11, 2007, in Pagosa Springs.  He was born on the Baumgardner family farm two miles south of Wellington, Texas, Collingsworth County, on January 27, 1923, the fourth living child of eight children and the fourth son of Joe B. and Eva Baumgardner.

Upon graduation from Wellington High School in 1941, Robert then enrolled at Texas Technological College in Lubbock, Texas.  His college education was interrupted when he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  He trained at several bases in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas and California before shipping out to the South Pacific.  He was a B-24 pilot and participated in the Western Pacific, Southern Philippines, Luzon, and New Guinea, Ryukys, China, Bismarck Archipelago and Air Offensive Japan battles and campaigns in 1945.  He served with the 43rd Bomb Group in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and was awarded the Air Medal, A-P Campaign Ribbon with eight bronze service stars, American Theatre Ribbon, and Victory Medal World War II.  He wrote his parents every day and sometimes more than once a day for the entire three years he was in the service.  His mother saved every letter which was later bound in books to remain a treasured reservoir of memories for his family.

He was discharged from the Army Air Corps as a First Lieutenant in 1946.  Robert then returned to Texas Tech where he met the former Charlene Bucy at a Wesley Foundation Valentine’s Day party in the basement of the Lubbock First Methodist Church.  They married on April 3, 1947, in Tahoka, Texas.  Robert graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Animal Husbandry in 1948 making “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities” as a senior.  For the next 25 years he farmed in Brownfield, Terry County, Texas, raising his family of four children there.  Thereafter he entered the insurance and investment business acquiring the Chartered Life Underwriter designation.  In 1988 he and Charlene moved to Pagosa Springs, where they lived until his death.

Robert was actively involved in the Brownfield First United Methodist Church, the CBC/Restoration Fellowship Church in Pagosa Springs along with many civic organizations.  During the forty years of living in Brownfield, Robert served thirty-eight consecutive years on the FUMC Board in many capacities as well as two terms as Chairman of the Board during the tenure. He was elected to three four year terms as Northwest Texas Lay Delegate to the International General Conference and four times to the Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Baumgardner served as an active Deacon of the Community Bible Church of Pagosa from 1992 to 2000 and was named Deacon Emeritus upon his retirement from the Board.  He continued to be a weekly greeter as long as his health allowed.  In Pagosa he was an Archuleta Delegate to the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, or RACOA, a member of the Archuleta Seniors, Inc. Board, and a greeter at the Chamber of Commerce building for a period.

He was elected to the Brownfield Independent School District Board and to the Terry County Hospital Board.  He was a volunteer Youth Coordinator of the Brownfield FUMC with Charlene for seventeen consecutive years, a Republican Precinct Chairman for thirty years, the Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 774 for ten years receiving the Order of the Arrow designation, President of the Brownfield Lions Club and served a term as co-president of the Brownfield Parent-Teachers Association with his wife.  His mentoring influence of the youth of Brownfield during those years is incalculable.

Next to his joy of reading, Robert loved to travel and had visited each of the 50 states in the Union instilling the same love in his children.

One of the most memorable attributes for which Robert is known was his cooking.  At the age of six when his older brother, Forrest, was deathly ill with rheumatic fever Robert was held out of school for a year to help take care of his invalid brother and assist his mother in the kitchen.  His lifelong love of cooking for others was born that year.  He was known for years in Brownfield as a chief cook for community-wide pancake suppers and fish fries.  For over 19 years he was a favored cook for the Church Youth activities, trips, Sunday evening meals, graduation breakfasts, etc.  Robert’s children and grandchildren grew up savoring his fancy omelets, homemade sourdough biscuits with gravy, and chocolate milkshakes that were “out of this world” to them.  As his children reached adulthood he began a tradition of baking wedding cakes.  Each of his children, many of his nieces, nephews, and friends, along with two of his grandsons enjoyed the fruits of his talent with “The Wedding Cake That Is Good to Eat” at their weddings.

Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlene, of Pagosa Springs; two sons, Robert, Jr. and wife, Joan Yaffe, of Austin and Karl and wife, Paulette, of Amarillo; two daughters, Barbara Lindley of Pagosa Springs and Sherrie Haynes and husband, Randall, of Ignacio, Colorado; nine grandchildren:  Kevin Lindley, Jason K. Baumgardner and wife, Catherine, Joanne E. Baumgardner, Teresa Baumgardner, Brad Welcome Baumgardner, Matt Haynes and wife, Susan, John Mark Haynes, Jeremiah Haynes, and Nicolas Haynes; three brothers:  Col. Haynes M. of San Antonio, Dr. Marion F. of West Lafayette, Indiana, and David M. of  Wellington, Texas; two sisters, Barbara Gordon of Roanoke, Texas and Priscilla Jacobson of Lubbock, Texas; with dozens of cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe B. and Eva Baumgardner; two brothers, John Henry Baumgardner and Forrest G. Baumgardner; one grandson, Benjamin Robert Haynes.

Robert, Daddy, Granddad, Uncle Robert was loved by all who knew him.  He was an outgoing, people loving, spirit-filled Christian gentleman who left every place he went better than he found it.  His bear-hugs will be sorely missed by his family and countless friends.
The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers to the Ignacio Community Church, memo:  The Robert and Charlene Baumgardner Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 1109, Ignacio, Colorado 81137.  This fund has been established to support the children’s ministry at the Ignacio Community Church in memory of Robert’s grandson, Benjamin Robert Haynes, who preceded him in death.