Every year, I donate a luncheon to the "other" PEO chapter in town
for their fundraiser auction.
"You and two friends are invited to join me for lunch"
Today, was the day that Marcy and her two friends joined me
Such a grand occasion called for the lace tablecloth
(but really, when did you ever see me using faux?)
And the "good"china
I think everyone needs at least one set of white/cream china with a gold band
Of course, I always do a menu
The first course was my favorite blue and bleu salad
blueberries, bleu cheese and pecans
over romaine dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette
(homemade, of course!)
The entree was called "Apricot Chicken"
I've seen it forever and never made it --
it's always in church cookbooks from the late 70s and 80s
usually right before or right after the chicken dish we call "Sarah's Chicken"
It's an old recipe you can tell because it calls for a whole chicken
That was back in the day when your choice of chicken was whole or cut up
Rarely, did you find packages of special pieces!
You mix a cup of apricot jam, 1/2 package of onion soup mix, 1/4 bottle of Russian dressing (again, showing the age of the recipe -- I subbed Ott's) and 2 T. mayonnaise. Mix together, pour over chicken and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
Especially when served with white and wild rice with more of the sauce drizzled over!
Dessert was classic and simple
A cherry pie
Made from local cherries from the freezer
And my own pie crust
A lattice crust because Mom always made cherry pie with a lattice crust.
A simple pie just cherries, sugar, butter, flour and a bit of almond flavoring.
So you can taste the cherries
But what pie doesn't taste better with a little ice cream?
And friend Marcy who bought the lunch as a fundraiser brought me a hostess gift
A wonderful heart with a great message
Which goes perfectly in my breakfast room
What a great way to start the day!