Sadie made her first casserole, Chicken Divan, completely from scratch last night. After reviewing the recipe and instructions with her, I went out side to muck some chicken coops. After an appropriate length of time had passed, she announced that it was in the oven. After finishing up our "farm duties" we went inside to eat dinner. I have to say that it was the BEST casserole I have ever had. I am not a huge fan of casseroles with all of their fatty creamy sauces. Actually, I am a fan, but struggle knowing it is not often healthy. Maybe I enjoyed the dinner because I did not have to cook it. Or, maybe it was that it came from Sadie's heart.
She has always enjoyed messing around in the kitchen. She easily whips up brownies, cookies, and cakes from mixes and can be found cooking eggs for her siblings on the weekends. However, this was her first from scratch entree. Boiling and cubing the chicken, cooking the broccoli, and mixing the remaining ingredients were part of this process. She was pretty pleased at the way it turned out. I enjoyed "discussing" the lessons learned while she cooked, like the fact that it seemed to have too much creamy goodness in it and how to remedy that. I imagine it will not be the last dinner we enjoy by Chef Sadie.