Monday, April 25, 2011

A Retro Luncheon

I've shared with you that my two dearest friends and I meet at least once a month to share a meal and enjoy the day together.  We can expound on any subject.  The ones we have some knowledge of can be most interesting.  Of course we have an opinion on many things!  I think we most enjoy sharing news of our widely scattered children who grew up together.  Happily, we have an upcoming wedding for one of them!

We each have this bright little Kokeshi doll.  She sits in our kitchen windows and on our desks to remind  us that we are not ever far from each other.

Someone said that Friday was a gray, chilly and rainy day.  I didn't notice so much as I drove to Jane's house. I certainly didn't notice the outside weather as I was greeted just inside the door by a happy little tail-wagging dog.   The roaring fire on the hearth lent a comforting glow as well as some heat as we gathered around it while our retro entree teased us with delicious aromas while it baked.

Seafood Bake  is a recipe from Jane's mother.  It reminded me of a dish that my mother served to her Mah Jongg ladies when she was the hostess.  My sisters and I always had a small dish if there were leftovers.  I'm going to file it with my recipes for Chicken a la King and Chicken Divan which are in my "retro" file.  It was delicious!  When you are in the mood for a nostalgic dish, click on the recipe to enlarge.

As you can see, it is an elegant looking dish.

 I asked for an extra helping so that it would photograph better = ) !!  The muffin was filled with plump blueberries--just right!

Our dessert was carrot cupcakes.  I was so anxious to enjoy mine that I forgot to take a photograph!!  They were excellent.

This is my dear "Old Same"*,  confidant, traveling companion, hostess, shopping enabler, etc., etc., etc.!  This is Jane!!  I've used her photo with her permission.  She's frequently in the newspaper so why not the blogging world!

*If you've read the wonderful Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, you'll recognized the "Old Same" reference.  If you haven't, I highly recommend that you do.