My sweet friend, Danelle, had given me flowers just the day before our lunch. How timely! They were repurposed into a new arrangement in this silver, footed tea/coffee pot.
And, so, onto the menu. I decided on something safe and easy and delicious. Parmesan Chicken Fingers. I know we've all been cooking and eating these since we first found out chickens had fingers in the '80s, but if you don't have a melt-in-your-mouth, totally-awesome, company-can't-get-enough-of-it recipe, I'll slip one in at the end of the post. I've served these cold at a picnic, room temp as an hors d'oeuvres, and piping hot as a meal. Always delicious! And always served with a bowl of marinara for dipping in. Mmmmmmm!
(Oops, horrible, blurry picture . . . sorry . . . I took it in a hurry at the table so these ladies would not think I was totally strange photographing my food. I don't think they would understand about blogs!)
We laughed and talked about children and grandchildren (theirs not mine . . . yikes!), and how to cook lentils, and Marie living in NYC during 9/11, and Yolla living in Beiruit during the 17-year war, and how they met their husbands.
And then we finished up the meal with these delights. Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars. It was an experiment. It worked! Instant family favorite. My niece calls them Addiction Bars. You must try them!
I got the recipe from this wonderful blog.
And then we sat and talked some more and Marie played the piano for us,
and Yolla showed us pictures of bombed-out Beiruit and beautifully reconstructed Beiruit and the blue, blue Mediterranean Sea that laps right up against her home city.
And then it was time to go and we hugged and knew we were friends.
We ate. We shared. We connected. It was just lovely!
Cut each chicken breast into 4 "fingers." In large bowl combine crumbs, cheese, salt, pepper and parsley. Saute' garlic in butter. Remove from heat. Add chicken fingers and let sit for 3 minutes (I think this step MAKES it!). Dip chicken in bread crumbs and place in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Top "fingers" with more bread crumbs and pour remaining butter over all. Bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes. Enjoy!!!