Magnolia Garden Club Meets
The Magnolia Garden Club held their April meeting at the historic Abingdon Manor in Latta on Thursday, April 5.
Hostess Patty Griffey opened the beautiful bed and breakfast to the club and prepared a delicious program for all to enjoy.
A lovely devotion entitled “God’s Sweet Spring” described the beautiful transformation of our landscape during this time of year.
In Secretary Josey’s absence, the roll call and minutes were read by Amanda Huggins.
The Treasurer’s report was given by Belva Greene.
In the business segment, plans for the May Breakfast were discussed. This annual event is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th at 10:30 a.m. at the Edwards House in Latta. The theme will be “Plant Exchange.” Everyone is required to bring a small plant to serve as the centerpiece for the day and then everyone will get to take one plant home with them.
Final plans were made for the Springfest on April 17th and the Clean-Up Day on April 14th at the Belva Finklea Garden. Members also signed up for Hostess/Program Chairman for 2012-2013.
After the old and new business was discussed, Patty Griffey began her program on “The Many Use of Herbs”. A menu of delectable dishes was to follow including: Vodka Rosemary Lemonade Fizz; Shrimp BLT with Basil; Vidalia Onion Soup with Bay, Tarragon, Oregano and Basil; Hearts of Palm with Tarragon; Strawberry and Grand Marnier Sorbet with Mint Garnish; Broiled Salmon with Dill Sauce; and Mango, Honeydew and Pineapple with Ginger, Cilantro, Basil and Abingdon Manor honey.
With each dish, a unique story about the herbs used would follow. For example, members learned that it is best to cut basil with scissors to avoid bruising the herb and wait until the last minute to add it to dishes to maintain the flavor. Also, fresh herbs should be used in a 3 to 1 ratio versus dry herbs. The club is extremely fortunate to have Patty as a member and appreciate her generosity and talents during this April meeting.
The meeting was then adjourned until the May breakfast.