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Girlfriends Forever

Girlfriends Forever

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by Susan Branch

From everyone's favorite girlfriend, the author of "The Heart of the Home, " comes a celebration of friendship, happiness, and healthy, low-fat recipes—illustrated with all-new, enchanting watercolor images.


From everyone's favorite girlfriend, the author of "The Heart of the Home, " comes a celebration of friendship, happiness, and healthy, low-fat recipes—illustrated with all-new, enchanting watercolor images.

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Little, Brown and Company
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1 ED
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.50(d)

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Help one another is part of the religion of our sisterhood.

-Louisa May Alcott

What do women talk about? Women's conversation starts in the middle, goes to the beginning, & doesn't have an end. We stop talking as we part & pick up right where we left off when we meet again. What do we talk about? Big things & little things: world peace, children, food, art, money, love, work, spirituality, movies & men, for starters. So that's how this book works - no beginning, no end, you can start in the middle & work from the inside out if you like. It goes from chocolate to heartbreak to boyfriends & back again. Talking to our girlfriends cheers us up & makes us feel connected. This book is here to help you fight off the "lonelies" when there are no girlfriends around - which, hopefully (thankfully) is rare.


Frozen Flower Bowl

This just screams "Girl Party" - an ice bowl decorated with flowers & herbs & filled with the fruit of the season. Perfect for showers, lunches, birthdays - even lunch.


To make the bowl: clean out a spot in your freezer (good luck). Fill a bowl part way with water; drop in a cup or so of fresh flower blossoms, herbs, berries, or leaves. Put a smaller bowl in the big bowl & fill the little bowl with ice cubes to weigh it down. Cover the whole thing with a clean dish towel & tie it all up with string (to keep bowls in place as water expands). Freeze overnight. 20 min. before serving remove from freezer, unwrap & allow to sit at room temp. Seperate bowls & fill with chilled fruit - drizzle Orange Dressing over all & toss gently. Set ice bowl in shallow dish & serve.

Orange Dressing

3/4 c. fresh orange juice

1 Tbsp. o.j. frozen concentrate

1 Tbsp. orange zest

Combine dressing ingred. in a small saucepan; simmer; reduce to 1/2 c. Remove from heat & chill.


Summer Favorite:

Watermelon Balls, Blueberries, Strawberries, Canaloupe Balls Red Grapes, Mango Chunks, Mint Sprigs.

Autumn Favorite:

Pears, Pomegranite Seeds, Green Grapes, Toasted Walnuts, Thin Iced Rings Of Red Onion, Dry Crumbled Blue Cheese

Use autumn leaves for bowl

Tropical Favorite:

Banana Slices, Pineapple Chunks, Kiwi Fruit, Mango, Star Fruit, Shredded Coconut, Shopped Macadamia Nuts


Pork Tenderloins with Apples & Cider Lentils

547 Cal * 11 G. Fat * 57 G. Protein * 463 MG. Sodium * 57 G. Carbo. * 20 G. Fiber

Serves 8

Only 2 Tbsp. added fat (olive oil) but it's a dinner you'd be proud to serve at any special occasion. Fun to cook: Put 2 lg. skillets & a lg. saucepan on top of the stove — make lentils first, start the pork, then the sauce.


Cider Lentils

1 lb. tiny black lentils

1 1/2 c. water

1 1/2 c. apple cider

2 tsp. chicken bouillon (paste)

3 whole cloves

2 bay leaves

1 sm. onion, minced

salt & pepper

Combine all ingred. (except s & p) in a lg. saucepan & bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & simmer 40-45 min. till taste — remove bay leaves.

Pork Tenderloins

3 lbs. pok tenderloins

2 Tbsp. olive oil

4 or 5 lg. shallots, peeled & halved

salt & pepper

Pat pork dry, salt & pepper. In a lg. skillet over high heat, brown meat & shallots well on all sides. Cook until instant-read thermometer registers 150 degrees in thickest part. Remove to serv. plate, cover w/foil & let sit 10 min. before carving. (save pan for finishing sauce.)

Apple Sauce

1 1/2 c. apple cider

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 green apples, peeled & sliced in 1/2" wedges

1 1/2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger

1/2 tsp. ground sage

3/4 c. dry white wine

3 c. chicken stock or broth

zest of 1 orange

1 tsp. arrowroot

Put 3/4 c. cider, cinnamon & apples in lg. skillet, simmer 2-3 min. till apples are just soft, remove them from pan & set aside. Add in rest of cider. Remove browned shallots from pork pan; chop & add to cider w/ginger, sage, & wine. Boil 4 min. Add chicken stock, boil & reduce by half. Add zest, whisk in arrowroot. Pour off fat from pork pan; pour sauce into pan & scrape up any bits of meat — add in apples & reheat. Slice pork, arrange on plates w/lentils, spoon sauce over pork & enjoy.


Marvelous Mushroom Soup

148 Cal * 3 G. Fat * 12 G. Protein * 827 MG. Sodium * 19 G. Carbo. * 4 G. Fiber

Makes 8 Servings


3 med. onions, peeled & thinly sliced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

6 c. chicken stock, homemade (p. 86) or canned

1 lb. mushrooms, mixed, shütake & baby bell, or ?

1/4 c. tomato paste

1/4 c. white port

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1 tsp. Parmesan cheese per serving

Slice onions very thinly & sauté in olive oil for about 1 hr. — add garlic about halfway through & continue cooking until slightly caramelized & very soft. Add stock, sliced mushrooms & all other ingred. except cheese. Simmer gently for 1/2 hr. Serve w/ Parmesan & Garlicky Bagel Toasts.

Copyright © 2000 Susan Branch

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Girlfriends Forever 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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I loved this book so much, I got one for my sister for her birthday. She LOVED it, too. This is another feel good book by Susan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The day my mother brought me home this book was the day I began to really enjoy life. At age 16 my emotions are swinging right to left constantly but not one day goes by when I do not pick up this book and my mood becomes calm and relaxed. The quotes are incredibly uplifting, the recipies are delicious and the stories make you want to throw girl parties every night. I have had quite a few myself since reading this book and plan to have many more. It really makes you realize how important girlfriends really are and how you control your own attitude on life and the way you handle everyday situations. I swear by this book to get you out of any bad mood, I even bought it for all my friends and they all say the same thing. If Susan Branch was to read this I would just want to tell her that she is very inspirational and has quite the fan club in our small community!! READ THIS BOOK!!! ( the best part is you don't have to start at the begining, I started in the middle and worked my way out!!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
What first attracted me to this book was the art work on the cover. Then I began to read and discovered a hidden treasure. Susan Branch makes us remember the best of friends and cherish the ones we have. This book should go along with the comfort foods we all crave at times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book to share with friends. I enjoyed the unique look at girls as well as the illustrations. A light hearted and uplifting book full of recipes and ideas. Perfect gift for bridesmaids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A true celebration of that friendship that is so unique to girlfriends. It is the perfect gift for my 'bestest' friend since first grade who is coming back to town for a weekend visit. We haven't seen each other in 16 years. This book will not only spark lots of memories, but it will also serve as a very special keepsake of our lifelong friendship of 46 years!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susan Branch is my girlfriend...even though we've never met. It's the feeling one gets as you read this book. It's as though you are sitting across from Susan,drinking tea, as she shares with you these wonderful stories of her cherished life experiences... talk about a step back in time...it's just a delightful,touching and humorous book to share...especially with those you have managed to remain Girlfriends Forever with!