|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:
- Green Pea and Cilantro Soup; from the kitchen of another of my life long friends, Karen Baldwin @http://www.provisionsbreadblog.com/
- 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..
- Lemon Blueberry Scones; recipe from livlifetoo.blogspot.com
|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
Cabernet Mousse Delights; recipe created by Kathie S @ www.Dove-Chocolate-Discoveries.com/sites/Kathie
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
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.
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
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.
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
1 1/2 pint Half and Half optional to make Italian Cream Soda
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
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
~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.
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.
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