In the Kitchen With … Rhonda Purdin

In the Kitchen With … Rhonda Purdin

Story and photo by Sharon Hughes


Hello everyone! For this edition of In The Kitchen With we have Rhonda Purdin, director of food and banquets at the Highland County Senior Citizens Center in Hillsboro with me. I asked Rhonda recently if she would share a recipe, and she said she would be glad to.

Rhonda called me recently and said, “The soup is ready.”

I headed toward the center to take a photo and get the recipe, but I did not know she was going to send a batch of her broccoli soup back with me for all the folks at The Times-Gazette to have for lunch. Wow! We ate the whole pot and everyone agreed it was the best broccoli soup they ever had.

While I was at the center, Mechell Frost, executive director of the senior center, stopped by.

There is always something going on at the center and you can always find Rhonda in the kitchen fixing a great meal. And let me tell you, her broccoli soup is the best ever. Stop down for lunch sometime. The food is great.

Thank you, Rhonda, for sharing your recipe.

Would any of you like to share a recipe? If you would, call or email me and I will be glad to get your recipe, a photo of what you are making, and share them with everyone.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.


Broccoli Soup

1 pound bacon

3 cups chicken broth

6 cups broccoli, chopped

2 jars Ragu cheese sauce

4 cups whole milk

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cook bacon to crisp. Drain and crumble. Set aside.

Heat chicken broth in a large pot. Add broccoli and cook until the broccoli is as fork-tender as you like it.

Add cheese sauce and milk, stirring well to incorporate.

Add flour for thickness. Add pepper and bacon and serve.


Highland County Senior Citizens Center

185 Muntz St., Hillsboro


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