Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lunch is Served

For those of you who need to eat vicariously (such as Becky's husband, Dwight, in Alaska).  Enjoy!!
The recipe for Jennifer's lasagna is in the new Red Rooster cookbook that is now available.

Go-Go Stitchers from Fayettville, Tennessee

Our Go Go Stitchers are still here enjoying their retreat.  They are all working on different projects.  This quilt was completed by Mary Jo Howell.  It is a "Blooming Nine Patch" quilt.

Table runners by Betty!  Betty came to us all the way from California to join her quilting friends at the Red Rooster!  Gooooo Betty!

Mary Miller, Bonnie Jones, and Annette Burchfield are working on house blocks from the book Home Sweet Home by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.  Beautiful applique, ladies!!   Jennifer had bought the same book years ago and is now inspired to begin working on house blocks.

Busy!  Busy!

We could share more but it is time to start preparing lunch.  What's for lunch?  Lasagna, Italian Green Salad (just as good as Olive Garden), Homemade Italian Bread (just as good as Macaroni Grill), and Brownie Cookies for dessert.  Wish you were here!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What's for Lunch???

Today we are serving the "Go Go Stitchers" from Fayetteville, TN.  We are having a taco salad lunch with lemon coconut bars for dessert.

One of our Go Go girls getting ready to eat!!  Yum Yum!!  Wish you were here!
Lemon Coconut Bars:
2 c. All-purpose flour
1 c. Powdered sugar, divided
1 c. Butter, softened
1/2 c. Chopped slivered almonds, toasted
Lemon Chess Pie Filling
1 c. Sweetened flaked coconut

Combine flour and 1/2 c. powdered sugar. 

Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly; stir in almonds. 

Firmly press mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch pan. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 min. or until light golden brown. 

Stir together Lemon Chess Pie Filling and coconut; pour over baked crust. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until set. 

Cool in pan on a wire rack.  Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 c. powdered sugar, and cut into bars.

Lemon Chess Pie Filling:
2 c. Sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 c. Butter, melted
1/4 c. milk
1 T. Grated lemon rind
1/4 c. Fresh lemon juice
1 T. All-purpose flour
1 T. Cornmeal
1/4 tsp. Salt

Whisk together all ingredients.  Use filling immediately.

We have found that McCormick's California Lemon Peel can be used instead of lemon zest and is readily available at your local grocery.

Welcome to our Blog!!

Jennifer Bridges - owner of Red Rooster Retreat on Smith Lake in Crane Hill, Alabama. I'm the "chief cook and bottle washer", decorator, and household manager. My husband, Jim, is the business manager, handyman, and groundskeeper for the retreat.

We opened the Red Rooster retreat in January 2005 after my retirement from public school teaching. Jim is also retired from service in the U.S. Army for 27 years.  I enjoy the menu planning and cooking for guests, and decorating the Retreat for each season. An added bonus is seeing the beautiful thngs people are making while they are here, and the friendships we have developed with our guests.

Becky Jones – owner of Snowbird Retreat. I'm the assistant “chief  cook an bottle washer” for both retreats. My husband and I are in the process of retiring and moving to Alabama.  Dwight, myhusband, still works for the FAA in Alaska and is here only part of the time (just long enough to do his “honey do” lists).   We are originally from this area and wanted to end up down this way in the warmer weather.  We have been part of this venture since 2009 when we bought the retreat.  My favorite part of this work is meeting and talking to all of the wonderful guests that we have coming through each week.