THE PARSON’S FAMILY MOVES ON!

After two enjoyable years in Perry, Georgia, the family was introduced for the first time to “Chicken Divan”, at the home of a dear friend and Church member. Here is as close to the original recipe as I can get. The dish was an enormous hit with the whole Family and was certainly an unusual way to enjoy chicken!

CHICKEN DIVAN:

1 PKG. FROZEN BROCCOLI- WHOLE OR CUT-UP

4 LARGE CHICKEN BREASTS OR 6 CHICKEN PIECES, BONE-IN

2 CANS CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP

3/4 CUP MAYONNAISE

3/4 CUP SHREDDED Velveeta CHEESE

1/3 CUP SHREDDED PARMESAN CHEESE

1/2 CUP SLIVERED ALMONDS

Boil chicken and cut up, if not already in pieces. Boil broccoli separately; drain. Mix the soup, mayonnaise and Velveeta together well. Arrange broccoli in a 9 x 13 baking dish, top with cut up chIcken; pour soup mixture on top. Add Parmesan and almonds. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, ENJOY!

(see; The Perry Years in :peoplewith4legs.com for information on the Family dogs of this time)

Long before Vidalia, Georgia, became famous for its onions, it was invaded by the Parson and his Family. On a typically hot June day in 1957, the Shippeys and faithful dog Tyke arrived at 709 Durden Street, the Parsonage of the First Methodist church in Vidalia. The Parsonage was a pleasant brick structure, and seemed to reach out and beckon in the itinerant Shippeys.

A large crowd of congregants was on hand to greet the new parsonage family and soon they were immersed in the grip of meeting new church members and beginning to put names with faces.

The Church bus pulled up in front of the house and the youth leader, Mrs. Elise Rattray, got out and told Judy that the young people were going to a local roller rink for an outing. She eagerly accepted the invitation and got on the bus.

The next few days were filled with hectic unpacking and setting out the family treasures; once the antique lamps and church-leaving silver were put out, and familiar pictures were hung, the new house began to feel like home.

Next time: MORE VIDALIA ADVENTURES

Author: Judy Shippey

I was an elementary teacher for 36 years with three degrees in education, young children being my speciality. I also enjoy gardening, reading and my main interest is cooking, hence the Adventures.

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