Cook's Corner: Reunions bring out good cooks

Published 7:02 pm Wednesday, May 23, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
Summer is here and as I've mentioned before, it's the season for family reunions and homecomings of all sorts. These types of functions usually bring out the best in cooks all over.
Therefore, now is the time to pull out some old family recipes and give them a whirl so you'll be the hit of the party.
Our church had a congregational meal following our morning service on Sunday, and the food was fantastic. Of course, I wouldn't have expected any less since our congregation is filled with wonderful cooks who have been feeding the flock for years.
I seem to recall a line from the movie, &#8220Steel Magnolias,” where Dolly Parton's character takes some food home to her husband. She told him it was good fried chicken that had been prepared by Christian women. I guess somehow that just goes into the cooking of just about anything, including fried chicken.
At any rate, there was a dish prepared at our meal on Sunday that was new to me and it was wonderful. Brenda Gibson was guilty of putting a few extra pounds on me after I got a taste of her wonderful dish. I did get seconds before everyone discovered how good it was. After I found out who prepared the dish, I begged for the recipe and raved about how good the dish was.
Brenda was good enough to give me the recipe and I hope she won't be mad it I pass it along to you. You may have heard of this recipe before, but like I said earlier, it's a new one to me and one that I'll certainly be adding to my recipe box and to my &#8220good family reunion dish” ideas.
Chicken Casserole
3 chicken breasts, boiled and cut into chucks
1 box Uncle Ben's Wild rice
2 tbsp. butter
1 and one-half tbsp. flour
1 can cream of mushroom soup
One-half cup milk
1 small jar sliced mushrooms, drained
One-half cup onions, chopped
1 cup grated cheese
Salt and pepper to taste