While Wearing Pearls

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Reunion Dinner Part 2

The Rest of the Story.....

I'll finish with the menu items and then share a little about the weekend.

I made a Blueberry Barbecue Sauce from the blog How Sweet It Is.... our whole family and now friends love this recipe.  I highly recommend this blog and her recipes.

Now this recipe makes people that have never liked grits come back for seconds and ask for the recipe.  I got it from our local Jr. League cookbook but I have modified it.  I make it thicker and with less eggs and other stuff so I feel that it is where many love it.

Cheese Grits

6 cups of chicken or vegetable broth (I use organic)
2 cups quick grits
1 1/2 sticks butter (I know this is bad but this is a splurge dish)
1 pound cheddar cheese shredded
3 teaspoons seasoned salt (sounds like a lot but grits need the seasoning!)
1 8oz. can green chilies
2 eggs beaten
(if it seems dry you can add another egg)

Bring the broth to a boil and slowly add the grits and stir until thick.  Add all but the eggs and stir until cheese is melted.  It boils really fast and pops on you so I take it off the burner to do this.  Add the eggs when you remove the grit mixture from the burner and stir in.  Grease a 9x13 dish with butter or Pam(I use Pam).  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour depending on your oven.  This casserole is a great side dish for many menus.  Have fun with it and watch people come back for more, or call asking for the recipe.

This was really a wonderful dinner party for friends of my husbands from his college days.  The reunion was based around the college ministry that he attended.  We got to see many friends, hear amazing music and inspiring words.  The dinner party the night before the event was a great way to prepare our hearts for the weekend.

Reunions...While Wearing Pearls

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Chicken Salad for Lunch

I may have found a simple picture solution. There is an app for blogger. Catching up with technology!

Monday, June 18, 2012

One more thought about my blog.  I get several emails or calls a month about where to eat while on a trip.  I really am a foodie!!
This week it is about restaurants in Aspen.  So a new addition to my thoughts is great places to go while traveling.
I added this good picture I took last spring in the UK because I wasn't blogging then and it is great.
Have a great day and thanks for all of the sweet comments on my past post.

Reunion Dinner

Dinner is Served

This last Friday we had a wonderful dinner for great friends.  The recipes that I fixed are some family favorites and not hard to fix.
Now my pictures were awful only one was passible for the blog and it is not very good.  Oh well.

The Menu

Pork Tender
Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
Roasted Asparagus
Cheese Grits
Strawberry Cake from a Bakery

The only usable picture

Sangria Recipe

3 oranges
2 lemons
2 limes
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of berries (I used blackberries)
2 apples
2 cups of grapes
2 bottles of rioja (Spanish red wine)
1 litter of ginger ale

Slice the oranges, lemons, limes, and apples and place in a large container.  Add the berries and grapes to the container and sprinkle with the cup of sugar.  Let the fruit and sugar sit for an hour at room temperature then add the red wine and let it set for about 30 minutes.  Right before serving add ice and the ginger ale.  
I do not use the liquor that is in most recipes which is how we like it better.


1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1 quart sliced strawberries
1/4 of a purple onion diced
Organic lettuce
1 avocado diced
1/2 cup feta cheese
4 Tablespoons Watermelon Vinaigrette (Cookwell & Company)

Toss together the ingredients and add the dressing before serving.

Pork Tender Marinade

This is for 2 pork tenders, I always double if making more

1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
3 garlic cloves, pressed in my garlic clove press
2 teaspoons ginger(sometimes I use fresh but for this it was the dried form)

Marinade over night or at least several hours.
Then I put mine on a rimmed cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  I roast at 425 for about 30 to forty minutes.

Okay I'm posting for now because some are waiting for my recipes.

I wish I had more pictures to show but they were really bad and I need to ask someone for help with that.  I will post my grits recipe later.  It is the most asked for recipe that I make.

Have a wonderful day and I will write more later.

While Wearing Pearls