Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Entertaining friends...

A friend is scheduled to have a 'procedure' on Friday.  That means that tomorrow she will be fasting.  She is NOT looking forward to it...honestly, who does?

Anyway, she was trying to figure out what 'clear liquids' she could live with.  I offered to make her a good chicken broth...actually chicken and vegetable broth.  I stewed a chicken with onion, carrot, celery, and sweet potato, and then strained it.  I put the meat in the fridge to use later in the week, and filled up a quart jar with beautiful and fragrant broth.

Since I was making the broth for her, I invited her and husband to come for dinner tonight so they could pick it up and save me a trip.  :)  Then I planned a dinner that would hold her over through a day and a half of fasting.

The rest of the broth (after her quart was safely jarred) went into making Jalapeno Sweet Potato Soup (see photo above), which I introduced her to when I took her for lunch to Homestead Heritage in Elm Mott, Texas a few years ago.  I know she likes it, because she took her family back and got them hooked on it too.

I also made Italian Baked Chicken, which I knew she wouldn't eat, since she's mainly a vegetarian, but the rest of us did.  It's an easy entree which I usually serve with wild rice, but today I made Oven Roasted Veggie Rice.  I love roasted vegetables, and serving with a spiced rice could have been a main course in itself.  It was very good.

Then, to make sure she was stuffed full of yumminess before she has to start her fasting, I made what I call Makes Me Go Weak in the Knees Brownies and served it with vanilla ice cream.  I made these once years ago when we worked together, and she is still talking about them, so I knew she would be happy to see them rounding out tonight's menu.

I linked the recipes over at What's Cookin' Four Miles North of Nowhere.  

I'm also linking to What's for Dinner Wednesday with Cath@Home.  You can see her button in the right margin.  :)  Cath just moved to a farm in Tasmania, and it's Springtime there.  Lately her photographs are giving me serious envy of her fruit orchard!  


  1. Even though I have had dinner tonight, your post is seriously making me feel hungry again....I have made that roast veg rice is a good recipe! Thanks for linking and putting my button on your side bar. Cathxx

    1. Thanks, Cath! It was very good, but I just realized this morning that I doubled the rice quantity accidentally, so it would have been even more flavorful if I'd gotten the measurements correct. I'll definitely try again. :)

  2. Dang...wish you lived closer...I just so happen to be having a "procedure" next Monday, and have to do a clear liquid diet for most of the weekend. Haven't had time to cook anything for myself, so it's gonna be all store-bought. UGH.

    Oh well. I'm grateful for medical procedures (even the not so fun ones), and easy access to food that so many don't have, so I'll quit griping! :-)

    You're such a precious, thoughtful person my friend. I know that there are many of us out here who appreciate you greatly! <3

    1. Hugs to you, LB! Hope everything goes well for you. I recommend popsicles and Jell-o (since I can’t mail you chicken stock…haha). My friend here can’t do Jell-o.

  3. Ooooh, Kathleen - all that food looks and sounds delicious. Can I come round for dinner soon, please?!!!! x


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