Sunday, August 29, 2010

Reunion Lunch with my BFF Kathie

Kathie and Rebecka's Reunion Lunch...Cheers!

I've had a good chuckle over the years listening to my two daughter's talk about having a Best Friend for Life, you know the kind they call a "BFF",  but after my recent reunion lunch with my long time friend Kathie, I had to take a step back and examine the possibility that I too, might just have a BFF.  

I believe that there are very few "true friends" in our lifetime but the few we have, we cherish with all of our hearts.   If I had to define a BFF, that person would be the kind of friend you can see after being apart for years and pick up your friendship right where you left off.  Six days, six weeks, six months or even six years; no matter how long it's been since the last time you were together, it seems as if no time has past at all. Kathie is this kind of friend!!

I met Kathie when our children were in preschool together.  It seems like ions ago that our children were that young.  Kathie's oldest is going into college this year and my oldest is married and expecting his first child...my, how time flies. 

I haven't seen Kathie since we moved to Florida five years ago and now that I've been back in Colorado for several months, I knew we were long over due for a visit.

I invited Kathie to my home for a reunion lunch excited to catch up on the past five years and share some much needed girl time.  Sharing great food and great conversation with a great friend is the perfect trifecta!

I made lunch and Kathie brought dessert.  Lucky for me, Kathie is a Manager for Dove Chocolate Discoveries! Her business is going great and I was so pleased to try one of her personal creations, Cabernet Mousse Delights with Cabernet Raspberry fudge sauce. Yum!  Don't worry, I've included her recipe here too!

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Reunion Lunch Menu:




  • Mixed Greens Salad with Fresh Peach Vinaigrette; At Home With Rebecka

Fresh Peach Vinaigrette
Sorry, no pic for the salad...we ate it all before I remembered to take a photo..


Check out Livlifetoo for this recipe...
her scones looked amazing, mine tasted great but were really ugly as sin!

  • Strawberry Italian Sodas; At Home With Rebecka









RECIPES

Green Pea and Cilantro Soup







4 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 whole green chili pepper seeded and chopped
3 cups frozen green peas
4 cups chicken stock
2 table fresh cilantro chopped
salt and pepper to taste




Method:

Melt butter over low heat and sweat onion, garlic and chili for 3-4 minutes, add peas and cover with stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for 7-8 minutes, add freshly chopped cilantro and puree in blender or food processor till creamy, reheat if needed. Season with salt and pepper adding just a pinch of sugar to enhance the flavor. Serve with a swirl of softly whipped cream and a few fresh cilantro leaves.
serves 6


 Lemon Blueberry Scones: livlifetoo.blogspot.com


Sadly...this is my ugly duckling version...however, all was not lost! I whipped up a big bowl of sweet whipping cream and we forced ourselves to eat them anyways!


I've said it before and I know I'll say it again, that I'm not much of a baker...to add insult to injury, I live at eight thousand five hundred feet and I still haven't figured out how to adjust for high altitude baking...pfft!! It's a work in progress!






Peach Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon green onion chopped white part only
1/2 juice from 1/2 lime
1 small ripe peach peeled and stone removed




Method:


Mix together first seven ingredients in a mason jar, cover with lid add shake until honey is dissolved,  peel and pit  fresh peach, cut peach into small pieces and place into a small food processor, pour vinaigrette over peaches and blend until smooth.  Toss greens lightly with dressing.  Add fresh sliced tomato wedges for added color and flavor. 







Strawberry Italian Soda


4 tablespoons strawberry syrup, I substitute a batch of strawberry jam I canned earlier this month.  The jam didn't jell correctly but it was a great addition to the sodas.  It tasted amazing with the addition the chunky fruit floating about the glass.

1 8 ounce glass 3/4 filled with crushed ice
1 bottle Soda Water
1 bottle Tonic Water
mint leaves
1 1/2 pint Half and Half optional to make Italian Cream Soda

Method:
Fill glass with crushed ice leaving about 1/4 inch head space, add strawberry syrup, fill 1/2 of the glass with soda water, next 1/2 with tonic water, garnish with mint and serve.  For Cream Soda add in 1/4's and fill the last 1/4 with half and half.  Enjoy


Cabernet Mousse Delights



Ingredients:

1-packet Dove Chocolate Discoveries Chocolate Mousse Mix

2-bars (4oz) Dove Chocolate Discoveries Chef Series Dark Chocolate

3/4-cup Heavy whipping cream

1-package Sugar Free Shortbread Cookies

Dove Chocolate Discoveries Cabernet Raspberry Fudge Sauce

Cocoa powder or Dark Sipping Chocolate powder

Mousse:

~Break the dark chocolate into pieces and melt in the microwave at high power in 20-30 second intervals. Stir between each interval and continue until the chocolate JUST melts. Let it cool slightly at room temperature.

~Pour whipping cream into a medium mixing bowl along with the Mousse Mix and whip the cream on medium to high speed to light peaks. With a spatula or spoon mix in the melted dark chocolate until fully blended. Be sure chocolate is not too hot when mixing with the whipped cream as the chocolate might form small "flecks" in your mousse.

Cookies:

Spoon mousse into a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe the mousse onto each cookie. Refridgerate until mousse has set up. Just before serving, drizzle each cookie with the Cabernet Raspberry fudge sauce, add a small dab of whipped cream to the top and sprinkle with cocoa powder to taste.

Add some SWEETNESS to your day...host a chocolate tasting party!
Chocolatiers wanted...business is SWEET! No Experience necessary!
Kathie Scrimgeour
Manager
Dove Chocolate Discoveries™
www.Dove-Chocolate-Discoveries.com/sites/Kathie




"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with friendship." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



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5 comments:

  1. You're so lucky to have a friend like Kathie. It is true that when I left my hometown, get married, settled down in another state, a couple of kids and many years later, I do sometimes wonder about my old buddies! But along the way, we meet new friends, and it is great, but the hope to meet up with old friends is always there! I'm glad you had a good time with Kathie!

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  2. kf, You're absolutely right...I'm truly blessed to have a friend like Kathie! Meeting and making new friends is also well worth the effort and can bring some very special people into our lives.

    I know this may sound silly but many years ago as I watched the Anne of Green Gables Series on the Hallmark channel, I was moved by the tender relationships that formed between most of the characters. I realized that I wanted to have a real “Bosom Buddy” just like Anne! The relationship that formed between Anne and Diana Barry always made me hope for that kind of friend. I think all humans desire a true and wholesome friendship experience.
    I hope that you get an opportunity to rekindle your past friendships too. Thank you for your lovely comments, they are deeply appreciated!

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  3. You have amazing recipes. Would you consider linking one of them up to My Meatless Mondays?

    http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-meatless-mondays-zucchini-mufflettes.html

    You are blessed to have such a good friend. Enjoy each other.

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  4. Having friends that you can not see for months/years and then just start talking to like no time passed is one of life's wonderful gifts! Thanks for stopping by, I can't wait to check out more of your blog.

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  5. Sweet and Savory, I would very much enjoy linking up woth your Meatless Mondays! Let me now which recipe you're interested in using and what I need to do to link in the correct location!

    Crystal, I'm so delighted that you stopped by today!! Friend's like these are priceless! I'm looking forward to making more here in the foodie blog world. Welcome♥

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