Monthly Archives: July 2011

Cool Summer Recipe Series: Fabulous Blueberry Coffee Cake

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Just in time for Litchfield’s delicious blueberry harvest – a fabulous blueberry coffee cake recipe from LWC co-president Jean White, who said she got this recipe from a Seattle, WA-area restaurant. ENJOY!

Anthony’s Blueberry Coffee Cake

  • ¾ cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and beat. Mix flour, salt and baking powder.  Add vanilla to milk. Alternately add milk and flour mixture to batter and beat until smooth. Mix 1 ½ cups of blueberries to batter by hand.  Pour into greased 9×13 baking pan and sprinkle with crumb topping and remaining blueberries.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.  Test center with toothpick to be sure it is done.  Center will remain slightly soft.  Especially good when served warm.  Keep covered in refrigerator for moistness.  It freezes well also.

Crumb Topping

  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter

Combine flour, sugar and cinnamon.  Cut in butter in ½” pieces and work in with a fork until crumbly

– Jean White

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Cool Summer Recipe #2: Sweet & Sour Kielbasa

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Our latest summer recipe comes from LWC member Joan Taylor, who especially loves this delicious kielbasa dish during the hot summer months. With the convenience of the crock pot, no one in the family will be slaving over a hot stove or grill. Great fare for a family or friends’ get-together, too!

Sweet & Sour Kielbasa

  • 3 lbs. kielbasa
  •  4 jars La Choy Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • 1 large can of pineapple chunks
  • 1 large jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 large jar mandarin orange segments

Cut kielbasa in half and brown up it up.  Cut up into small chunks (1” chunks) and put in the crock pot. Drain juice from pineapple, cherries and mandarin oranges and put the fruit in the crock pot.

Cook on high 2 hours and then simmer.   ENJOY!

A BIG thanks to Joan for sharing this cool summer recipe!

LWC Wraps Up Another Successful Year

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The Litchfield Women’s Club recently wrapped up another successful year of community service at their annual June dinner at Super Wok in Londonderry. Outgoing, long-time co-president Brenda Labrie recognized her board, which included her long-time co-president Donna Saunders, treasurer Barb Gilbert, secretary Lori Martin, membership chairwomen Betty and Sandy Darling, sunshine chair Renee Charette and publicity chair Pamme Boutselis, thanking them for their service throughout the past year.

Club members were active throughout the community in many ways in the past year. Over $3,100 was distributed to the community through donations, scholarship awards, assistance for those in need and to schools and organizations throughout Litchfield.

Gilbert and Charette were also recognized for their work as the coordinators of the fall and spring roadside clean-up projects that the LWC performs each year on a stretch of Route 3A. Charette also coordinated this past fall’s annual blood drive. Co-president Saunders was thanked for her coordination of the Campbell High School yearbook ad. Many club members were noted as well for their work on Santa’s Workshop, especially Claire Regan who led the kitchen staff, Jean White, who coordinated fabulous raffles, and Labrie who chaired the overall event. Labrie also took the helm at the annual Easter Bunny breakfast with LeeAnn York heading up the kitchen and Betty Darling handling the procurement of raffles for the event. Secretary Martin handled this year’s holiday family donations, while White took on the task of planning the club’s post-holiday gathering.

Club member Maureen Lascelles was recognized for her work in chairing Candidates Night this past winter as was LeeAnn York who created the club’s current Newcomers Guide, soliciting ads, compiled the guide and much more. The end result is fantastic and is available at the Litchfield Town Clerk’s Office. Pamme Boutselis received recognition for creating and maintaining LWC’s Facebook fan page and online blog. Special thanks were given to Donna Saunders, who stepped in to assist with scholarship awards this year and Lori Martin, who initiated the committee work. Claire Regan presented five $250 scholarships to deserving Campbell High grads in early June. Regan also coordinated the June dinner, in which new officers were elected for the 2011-2012 season.

New officers include: co-presidents Jean White and Pamme Boutselis, treasurer Barb Gilbert, secretary Claire Regan, membership chair Lori Martin, sunshine chair Renee Charette and publicity chair Pamme Boutselis.

The Litchfield Women’s Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September until June. Most meetings are held at the Litchfield Middle School at 7 pm in the library, with the exception of September’s new members’ reception (at Stage Crossing in Litchfield), December (no meeting), January (at a member’s home) and June (at a restaurant). New members are always welcome.

Women of all ages and interests, with a desire to serve their community, create new friendships and promote community service and education are encouraged to join the Litchfield Women’s Club. To learn more, ‘like’ us on Facebook, follow our blog or email us at litchfieldwomensclub@gmail.com. We invite all women in the greater Litchfield area to come to a meeting and learn more about our organization.