It's Holy Week
Easter will be celebrated Sunday . . .
And although it's not a special lunch
(for it was a regular Lunch Bunch luncheon)
but it was a special lunch
The table is set in the dining room
(and a new addition is the shades on the scones -- to help defuse the light)
Since it is almost Easter . . . bunnies made their appearance on the dining room table
"chocolate" ones bought long ago on sale after Easter
A vase of garden forsythia lends a spring touch to the table
And candles in the silver candlesticks
All set and ready for company --
food aromas wafting through the house
lamps and sconces lit
A fire in the fireplace (for it's a cold and rainy day)
A candle lending it's fragrance
A Quaker Lace cloth
Jim's grandmother's cutlery
Damask napkins in silver rings
The Aynsley Pembroke
(the 1900 era plates)
A salad of romaine, sliced strawberries, red onion and pecans
with Ms. Gilmore's raspberry cream dressing
(Ms. Gilmore's is a tea room in Springfield -- their raspberry cream dressing is AMAZING)
JoAnn's Chicken With Artichokes
(an easy but yet elegant recipe)
Served with roasted asparagus and a crescent roll
In the cookbook, it was called "Lemon Delight" but I renamed it
It's tart, cool, tangy and sweet
Decorated with lemon zest and a slice of lemon!
Served with coffee
The recipes all came from:
Not bought in 1976
(for I didn't live in Fort Scott then)
but had we lived here, I certainly would have bought the cookbook!
I know so many of the contributors to this cookbook
I didn't know they were involved in Jaycees -- it's something they have never talked about
And husband Jim and I were also involved with Jaycees at the same time
Only in Missouri -- Nevada to be exact
Our women's auxiliary were not called "Jaynes" but rather simply "Wives"
We never published a cookbook
But a lot of my recipes in my own cookbook
are from those Jaycee days.
We worked hard, we partied hard
We ate a lot
And the wives were great cooks!