A few years back, my sister and I, along with a few other members of our family, flew to Connecticut for our younger brother, Phil’s, ordination. It was a beautiful service and we were so proud of all that he had accomplished to get there. Afterward, we were invited to the Rector’s home for a celebration dinner/reception.
We walked over to the beautiful home in a gorgeous snowfall on a softly lit paved path. When we came to the door, we were welcomed in by the Rector and his wife. The house was filled with a lovely warmth, a blazing fire in the fireplace, candle light, people milling about and a wonderful smell. We were then ushered to a table groaning with appetizers and wine.
After a bit, dinner was announced and we were served the most amazing cassoulet. To tell you the truth, I don’t remember everything that was served, but I do remember commenting on how good everything tasted and how special we felt as they honored my brother, his wife and family with this wonderful reception.
Several years later, Phil came to visit us down south and he brought a cookbook with him. While there, he made some fantastic meals from the recipes in this book. I told him I had to have it and wanted to know how he found it. Phil told me it was one of several cookbooks by his friend Pam Anderson. I didn’t know who she was and asked him how he knew her and that’s when he told me that she was his Rector’s wife and they had his ordination dinner in their home.
Since then, I have purchased several of her books, Perfect Recipes for Having People Over and The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great. Every single recipe I have tried has been delicious and impressive, like the elegant Rosemary-scented Roast Pork Loin, Stuffed with Roasted Garlic, Dried Apricots and Cranberries with Port Wine sauce or the fun Grown-up Sloppy Joes. There is the satisfying breakfast Easy Savory Strata or the oh so easy and delicious Great Granola made into fruit parfaits. The weight loss cookbook is so practical with great tips for a slow and steady weight loss.
I highly encourage you to add these as well as her other books to your cookbook library, you won’t be sorry.