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.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Favorite Meal . . . 30 plus years later

The Thalias
A women's club in Nevada
use a Tasting Tour
as their fundraiser.
Started way back in 78 or79.

It was a great event
A theme, great food prepared by The Thalias
And . . . . it was also a homes tour
Each year there were three houses
And one of them was always an old one.

There were a limited number of tickets
And they always sold out quickly

In those early years, The Thalias also sold cookbooks
Which detailed the menus for each home
which included the tasting recipes as well as other recipes from the members

We always bought our tickets early
And always bought the cookbook on the first stop
(in case they ran out)

I have all the cookbooks
And they are ones that I truly treasure
And a lot of our favorite foods comes from those pages.

My favorite meal, however,
was at the 1984 tour
The theme was
Brunch, Luncheon and Dinner
And as I sat in Sally Thorpe's living room
I fell in love with the meal
The Dinner meal
(as served on the Tasting Tour)

Spinach Balls
Oven-fried Parmesan Chicken
Cheese Potatoes O'Brien
Green Pea Salad
Cranberries Amaretto
Orange Muffins
Overnight Meringues

That night for dinner, having a whole chicken in the fridge and peas in the pantry,
I recreated the chicken, potatoes and salad that we were served.

And it became a favorite meal when we lived in Nevada

I had forgotten about that meal and that cookbook until I decided to try the
Scarlet Ring Meatloaf
which is also in that same 1984 cookbook

The Oven-fried Parmesan Chicken updated from whole chicken to chicken strips

Cheese Potatoes O'Brien

The chicken and potatoes with the pea salad updated with fresh peas and a sprinkle of paprika

The cookbook is definitely loved!

Friend Patsy McCullough (whose chicken red apple has been renamed by us as "Sarah's Chicken")
submitted the chicken recipe

The potato recipe is Bonnie Jane Teel's

As is the pea salad.
I used frozen peas instead of the canned ones
And I think it makes for a better salad.


Cindy Lou said...

Looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipes!

Pondside said...

That sounds like a menu for the next Bridge Luncheon!

Pat said...

I, too love old cookbooks!!!
When "Mr. Ed" was serving in Europe, the ladies of the Chapel put together an amazing cookbook!!!
These cookbooks are priceless!!!