We've had snow
We've had ice
(in fact last month while we were chatting away, rain fell and froze --
it was interesting as the Lunch Bunchers slid to their cars!
But this month we had
Look, Ma, no driveway!
But they preservered!
Parking on the street behind me, walking around BIG heavy construction equipment
and through the neighbor's yard dodging the big pile of dirt and tree roots!
Our menu reflected this "red letter day" of construction!
The table covered with the Quaker Lace cloth
Damask napkins in silver rings, Jim's grandmother's cutlery, the Wedgwood Cuckoo (I only have plates -- sigh) and my mother's iced tea glasses
Leftover Valentine's Luncheon flowers in the crystal ice bucket with silver trim.
The colors of the flowers are reflected in the colors on the plate
Aynsley Pembroke for dessert
Coffee service set up on the mahogany serving piece
A typical ladies lunch
Hot Chicken Salad, Freshly baked biscuits and Millionaire Salad
Marinated vegetables and mushrooms
(called "Millionaire" because it is a "can" salad and every can costs $3 to $4 --
so it costs "a million bucks" to make!
My favorite and easily made Cream Biscuits
Strawberry Jam Cake
Found on one of my favorite blogs:
Mary's recipes are always good!
It was a good dessert cake for lunch
But would be a perfect coffee cake for a ladies Bible study!
MRS. SULLIVAN'S HOT CHICKEN SALAD
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cups chopped celery
1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. Cheddar cheese, grated
2 t. lemon juice
1/2 c. slivered almonds
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup crushed potato chips
Stir together all ingredients except potato chips. Put into a casserole or 9 inch square pan. Top with chips.
Bake at 450 for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts
14 oz. can hearts of palm, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
14 oz. can pitted ripe olives, sliced
2 ounce jar diced pimentos
5 ounce jar roasted red peppers (packed in oil) diced
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 clover garlic, minced
1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 c. chopped parsley
1/2 t. thyme
2/3 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
Drain artichoke hearts, hearts of palm olives, pimentos and red peppers. Place with sliced mushrooms in large glass bowl.
Combine other ingredients. Marinate vegetables in oil mixture overnight. Remove vegetables from marinade with slotted spoon. Serve chilled in lettuce lined bowl. For individual servings, line plate with lettuce and top with salad.
2 cups self rising flour
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
Mix together until it forms a dough. Knead a few times. Pat out on work surface and cut with biscuit cutter. Bake in a preheated 500 degree oven for 10 minutes.
STRAWBERRY JAM CAKE
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup strawberry jam
Optional: confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan or tube pan. (I prefer the tube pan).
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Beat butter until light and creamy. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in sour cream and vanilla, beating until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until blended.
Transfer 1/2 cup of batter to a small bowl. Stir in jam, mixing well. Set aside.
Pour remaining batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Make a 1-inch trough in the center of the batter all the way around the pan. Spoon batter/jam mixture into trough, spreading evenly.
Bake for 1 hour, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake begins pulling away from the edges of the pan. Cool cake in pan for about 15 minutes. Then, invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. If you wish Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
NOTE: I used homemade strawberry jam for the cake.