Mother liked cooking for her family. We loved her cooking and we enjoyed each other. I am certain we had our quota of family worries in the sixties, but I am thankful for the feeling of belonging at mealtimes. We grew up with a willingness to work and that there was a place and time for play. When we participated in these after school activities we learned to obey the rules and respect our teachers. We knew we were growing up safely and healthy with the freedom to make choices. My wish is that today's young children, grow up with similar values. Family structure, schedules, a secure feeling of being well taken care of and enjoying each other during family dinners as they share stories of their day.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss together the noodles, soup, broth, and sherry. Add the chicken, 2 cups of the cheese, the almonds, pimento, mushrooms, and salt and pepper, to taste, and toss gently to combine. Transfer the mixture to a greased 13 by 9 by 2-inch casserole and top with the remaining cup of cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and, if they're thick, peel them. Place the asparagus on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, then toss to coat the asparagus completely. Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast the asparagus for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender, but still crisp!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 c. brown sugar, butter, oats and cinnamon; mix until large pieces form. (I cut the butter into the dry ingredients with my pastry blender.) Set aside. In a large bowl, combine 1/4 c. flour, 1/4 c. brown sugar, apples, pears, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1 tsp. lemon zest. Spread fruit in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle oat mixture evenly over top.
Bake @ 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until fruit mixture is tender and bubbly. Cool 15 minutes.
Top with fresh whipped cream!