*The contest is now over and a winner has been determined.*
I have to be honest, I LOVE my life!
I had coffee this morning which turned into lunch with a good friend today and we had some amazing laughs and conversation. Thank you, Laura!
I've been reconnecting with some old friends lately and I must say that it's wonderful.
It's also comforting to know that when you need someone in times of stress or crisis that someone will be there.
I've always preferred to be there for others. It's so much easier for me to "pay it forward" as opposed to
But that's what life's about isn't it? Love thy neighbors as you would love thyself.
Besides, it's ALWAYS good to reconnect with your girlfriends and have a good laugh because that's the best medicine. And boy, does it feel good when my cheeks hurt!
Tonight's dinner is sponsored by (no, not sponsored, just wanted to sound like a voice-over for a commercial) or rather adapted from The New Doubleday Cookbook; authors, Jean Anderson and Elaine Hanna; publisher, Doubleday, a division of Random House; ISBN 0-385-19577-X.
Chicken Divan - serves 4
¼ cup butter or margarine
¼ cup sifted flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
¾ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons dry sherry
1 head broccoli (about 1½ pounds) trimmed and chopped
3 cooked chicken breasts ( about 1- 1½ pounds), cut into small pieces
1 cup shredded Cheddar/ Monterey Jack Cheese
½ cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Melt butter in a saucepan over moderate heat, blend in flour, slowly add broth and milk, and heat stirring until thickened; mix in salt, pepper, ¼ cup cheese, and the sherry.
Arrange broccoli in a single layer in a buttered 8 X 8-inch baking dish and top with chopped chicken. Spread shredded cheddar/jack cheese evenly over chicken.
Beat cream until soft peaks form and fold into sauce.
Pour evenly over chicken.
Bake, uncovered about ½ hour until bubbly.
Broil quickly to brown and serve.
We really liked this dish - I must say, it's a keeper I rate all of my dishes on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the absolute best and this one earned 4 rolling pins The sauce was delicious and with the extra shredded cheese I added, it had a lot of flavor. i always think it's great to have a vegetable in a casserole especially if there are children involved.