Cream of broccoli soup makes an elegant first course. This recipe is for Lonnie Harrison of Bel Air. "I've had this recipe for many years and everyone who tries it likes it, even kids," writes Mary Dalnekoff of Columbia. Garnish it with a swirl of yogurt, sour cream or whipping cream. This is easy to do; simply fill a clean squeeze-type ketchup or mustard jar with the garnish. Slowly squeeze out a narrow swirl on top of the soup and serve immediately.
Cream of broccoli soup
1 bunch broccoli
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
6 tablespoons flour
5 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Cut broccoli into 2-inch pieces. Cut large stems in half or quarters. Put broccoli in saucepan and add water to cover and salt to taste. Cook about 5 minutes until crisp-tender. Do not overcook. Drain and set aside.
Melt butter and add flour, stirring with whisk. Add broth and stir until thick and smooth. Add broccoli and simmer 10 minutes. Whirl in blender until smooth. Return to saucepan. Add milk, nutmeg and pepper. Serve hot.
* Allan Schwartz of Baltimore forwarded this recipe to us for G. Webb of Forest Hill. The recipe originally came from Kellogg Co.
3 pounds frying chicken pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup frozen pineapple-orange juice concentrate, thawed
4 cups corn flakes or corn flake crumbs
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
Arrange chicken in shallow baking pan; sprinkle with salt.
Beat egg with juice and pour over chicken; let stand in refrigerator about 1 hour, turning pieces once.
If using corn flakes, crush into fine crumbs. Mix crumbs with coconut and curry.
Drain chicken pieces slightly; coat with crumb mixture. Place skin side up in single layer in foil-lined, shallow baking pan. Drizzle with melted margarine.
Bake in heated 350-degree oven about 1 hour or until fork tender. Serve on heated plates. Garnish with pineapple ring twists dipped in coconut and placed on endive.
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