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The Last Supper

Today, I am getting prepared for the last Christmas dinner that the Fraser Valley Rhododendron Society will be hosting.  It's a potluck dinner we do for the last meeting of the year.  I have been a member of the cluib for about 8 or 9 years when my best friends, Fred and Jill got me involved due to us having a five acre parcel in Whonnock, which I wanted to cover in Rhododendrons of all shapes and sizes and colours.  That of course didn't work out.  However, I stayed involved and over the last three years was the secretary of the club taking and maintaining the minutes and records. Due to an ever aging and decreasing membership and the same members doing a rotating annual duty on the executive, the vote was taken at the last Extraordinary General meeting to dissolve the club, donate their remaining funds to a couple of worthy causes and thus, Monday, November 28th, the last supper shall occur. I am taking a cornbread stuffing in a casserole dish that will have roasted pumpkin seeds and pecans and dried cranberries and blueberries in it.  I am also making a white chocolate-cranberry cheesecake.  I have talked about wanting to make one of these for the last two years.  However, I couldn't find a recipe.  I searched every single recipe on the Kraft website since they make the Philadelphia cream cheese.  Nope.  I have made several from there and they are always delicious.  Of course, me being me, I have to add my own twists, to the crusts or to the filling.  Like the white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake I did earlier this year.  I was not brave enough to experiment with the white chocolate cranberry on my own.  And now they have a recipe on their site.
The stuffing is all my own experiment though.  I'll take pictures and post later.

Good eating and have fun cooking.


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2 tbsps basil
2 tbsps thyme
1/2 cup shelled pistachios/pumpkin seeds/cashews
1 head celery (diced)
1 large onion (diced)
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