Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cottey Cuisine

It's not very often that I get excited over a cookbook. And I'm excited over this one! It's a great book, it's local and it's filled with great recipes!!!!

It's by Michael Richardson, Chef and Director of Food Service at Cottey College, in the little town 20 miles from me.

It's title is The Best of Cottey Cooking, Favorite Recipes from the celebrated Cuisine of Cottey College.

Often, when I get a new cookbook, I read it and then put it on the shelf -- usually one of the cookbook shelves in the sunroom. My "real" cookbooks, the ones I refer to most often are in the kitchen -- above the fridge and another shelf in the larder.

I have what I call my "Nevada/Fort Scott" shelf of cookbooks upstairs for I do favor local cookbooks -- many have the the names of the recipe submitter and many of those are friends.

This cookbook, however, never made it upstairs -- it already has a place above the fridge.

And I've made several recipes from it including . . .

The Lemon Chiffon Pie

A great summer pie with a fresh lemon flavor. I made it twice for company and both groups pronounced it "superb"!!!

And . . .

The Chicken Divan

Made a great lunch dish for The Lunch Bunch -- however, since I served plates, I baked it in individual gratin dishes which also made for a pretty presentation.

You don't have to live in Nevada or Fort Scott to purchase this cookbook (although it is for sale there -- at the Daily Mail, Caveners, and Cottey in Nevada and at the Tribune and Life + Style in Fort Scott) for you can order it online -- at The Chef's Life.

Not only do you get a great cookbook but a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will fund scholarships for future Cottey College students.


1 nine inch graham cracker pie crust

14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (regular or fat free)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
8 ounce container whipped topping (regular or light)

1/2 cup whipped topping (optional)
5 to 6 strawberries, sliced or qusrtered

Whisk together the condensed milk and lemon juice until smooth and blended. Fold in the whipped topping, then pour into the crust. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish each serving with a dollop of whipped topping and a slice of strawberry, if desired.

NOTE: I didn't have extra whipped topping so I whipped some cream to top each piece and I didn't have strawberries but did have blueberries in the fridge so used them for garnish.


12 broccoli florets
4 t. vegetable oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch strips

10.75 ounce can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/2 c. light or regular mayonnaise
1/2 c. chicken broth
1 t. lemon juice
3/4 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. dry mustard


3/4 c. croutons
3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 T. grated Parmesan cheee
dash paprika

Steam the broccoli until crisp tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, chill in ice water, then drain again. Roll up in a towel to absorb excess moisture. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken strips and cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until juices run clear when pierced with a knife; set aside.

For Sauce: In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the soup, mayonnaise, broth, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard, whisking until smooth. Stir chicken, including the accumulated juices, into the sauce mixture.

Place the chicken mixture into an 8 x 8 inch (or similar size) pan. For a nice presentation, arrange the broccoli down 2 sides of the casserole. Top the casserole with croutons, then the cheddar cheese and then the Parmesan. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in a preheated 350 oven, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until hot in the center.

NOTE: Instead of one 8 x 8 inch pan, I used individual gratin dishes for the Divan. The girls pronounced it divine and since I was serving it, I thought it was prettier in individual dishes. I would make it in one big pan, if I were serving buffet or family style.

It's Friday -- which means that it's Foodie Friday -- where we all go over to Michael's at Design By Gollum to see what has been cooking this week!


Beth said...

Hi Martha, I want you to know that I always enjoy visiting; you have very good recipes and pretty tables too! Thank you! The pie sounds glorious and simple too. I plan to make your lemon meringue cookies this wknd and I'm so glad you shared that recipe. I want to try this one too, Martha. My best to you and thanks again! :-)

shannon i olson said...

Nothing like a great cookbook, Both recipes look fabulous.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Mmmm - chicken divan has been a family favorite for many years. My MIL first introduced me to is a s a new bride - great dish!


Pondside said...

Isn't it nice to find a cookbook that appeals to one's adventurous side as well as to one's taste? I love Chicken Divan!

D.B. said...

Wow, these look and sound amazing. Though I haven't tasted it yet, this may be the best chicken divan recipe I have ever perused. Off to the grocery store!

From the Kitchen said...

Chicken divan was a favorite that my mother made. She always served it with a fresh citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and greens salad with poppyseed dressing and Parker House rolls. Thanks for the delicious memories--and for the recipe!


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Chicken Divan is the very thing thing I made for my husband when we were dating! I haven't made it in years - thanks for reminding me of it. The Lemon Chiffon pie sounds wonderful too. What a great cookbook you've found!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Both these recipes sound delicious, Martha. A good cookbook is one of life's great enjoyments. I'm glad you found another to add to your collection. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Light and Voices said...

I'm getting hungry just looking at those pictures.
Joyce M

Linda said...

Oohh...looks yummy!

Jane said...

I had forgotten about Chicken Divan. It used to be one of our favorite dishes. Thanks for the reminder...
Jane (artfully graced)

Anonymous said...

As a Cottey Grad, one of the things I loved most about my time there was the delicious food! I wonder if the cookbook has the recipe for that potato soup in it? Probably not one of the "haute cuisine" recipes, but definitely one of the most beloved by all Cottey girls!

Maggie Thomas said...

I'm also a Cottey grad, and am positively tickled to read your positive review. I can promise that every recipe in this cookbook is a crowd pleaser! I fantasize about the food all the time... especially the cheesy chicken pie and dessert bars. Cheers!