Do you enjoy a tasty chicken salad served on a croissant or perhaps on a homemade crepe with sauce? Maybe you just like it between two slices of bread. No matter how you eat it, you are sure to enjoy this tasty version.
I’ve been making this for the last 20 years and it is always a hit. If you’ve ever been to my house and I’ve served you chicken salad. Count yourself as special. ;)
There are only a few ingredients but it can be labor intensive so set aside some time to make it. It is even better if you prepare it a day ahead.
As I say quite often, recipes are suggestions to me and I don’t always follow them precisely, so feel free to add or subtract anything you like on the list to suit your taste.
8 large chicken breasts
2 large apples (your choice, I prefer Honey crisp)
1 small jar dill relish
½ cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
Salt & Pepper
1 ½ cups good, southern mayonnaise. Dukes is best, but if you are not in North Carolina, JFG is good too. Don’t even think of using Miracle Whip.
Boil the chicken breasts along with the 2 TBS Chicken Bouillon.
After the chicken is finished cooking drain off water and set aside to cool.
Chop up apples and toss with 2 TBS Lemon Juice to keep from turning brown.
When the chicken breasts are cool enough to handle, pull off all of the offending jiggly pieces that are often attached to untrimmed chicken breasts.
Using your very clean hands shred the chicken into bite sized pieces. You can put it in a food processor and mince it if you like it finer.
Add the apples, relish, pecans and mayonnaise. Salt and Pepper to taste.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You may have to add a bit more mayonnaise if it seems dry the next day.
I LOVE to sew from retro patterns! Butterick has reissued their Walkaway Dress Pattern from 1952 and it was very easy to make.
Being able to stitch up a dress for your little girl, a costume for your son or a new frock for Easter is a real pleasure. There seems to be a resurgence of sewing afoot and I for one, am SO happy to see this! If you don't know where to begin, but really have a thirst for learning how to sew, check out some of the Craftsy.com classes. They offer many beginner sewing classes online. You can do it! It might seem a bit intimidating at first but you will get there and in no time, you will be whipping out all sorts of pretty clothes, pillows, curtains...you name it!
Spring has sprung here in the Piedmont of North Carolina!
As I sit here on my screened- in porch, I can see the cows slowly grazing in the field behind my house. The birds are in a flutter, trying to find a suitable mate and the squirrels are rummaging through the leaves, looking for the last bits of nuts that they stored away last fall. The world has come alive again and watching it unfold in my own backyard is a gift that I am grateful for.
Warm, spring days like this one put me in the mood for a crispy, cool salad. One of my favorites is an Iceberg lettuce wedge with Thousand Island dressing and bacon crumbles.
Homemade dressing is SO much better than store bought and most of the ingredients that go in to Thousand Island can be found in your refrigerator.
Now, I realize that Iceberg lettuce is practically void of any nutrients but shoot; sometimes I get tired of eating healthy all the time. Every now and then, I crave a vitamin-less meal. ;)
Recipes are more like suggestions to me. I look at the ingredients but I add or subtract until I get a taste that I enjoy. Feel free to add or subtract to this recipe.
In a medium bowl mix together.
1 Cup Mayonnaise
½ cup Ketchup
1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tsp Sugar
1 good squeeze of half a lemon
1 tsp Chili Powder
2 TBS Dill Relish
Serve over Iceberg lettuce with boiled egg slices and bacon crumbles and you will have a delicious side dish or meal (depending on how big you cut that lettuce wedge.)
Mark your calendars! May 7th from 2-6p.m. will be the first day of the Locust Farmers Market! I am SO excited to see all of YOU again! Along with my soap I will have breads, jams, jellies and on special days a homemade candy or fudge.
My goal is to bring what you want to the market so, I have a question for you, what are some of your favorite things to buy at the Farmers Market?
This is a new commission for a Stanly County barn and a very thoughtful gift for a dear Father. Notice the John Deere Green, that was a special request. I hope the recipient will be as happy to receive it as I was while painting it.
The children and I went out and pulled 25 t-posts out of the ground today.
It felt good to get outside and do some work. I tend to stay indoors too much during cold weather but always feel invigorated after being outside for a while. I need to do that more often.
We started fencing in part of our pasture in late December, 2008. We had lofty thoughts of buying some goats and sheep.
We only had one goat but she kept getting out and coming up to the house and knocking on the front door with her horns. She also loved to leave calling cards (in the form of goat poo) on the porch for us. We quickly decided that animals might not be the best idea so our idea was scrapped.
Now, seven years later. We are taking out the fence to make a larger yard and to plant a field of sunflowers. It will be a beautiful place to take pictures later on in the summer.
I'm so grateful for two strong sons and a daughter to help with this project.
As I was surveying our garden spot this afternoon, I noticed some carrot tops in the dirt that we must have overlooked. I pulled some small, sweet carrots out of the earth and I must say, it felt GOOD to have my hands in that dirt. I can't wait for spring to arrive so that I can start planting our vegetable garden again. It's a lot of work, keeping a vegetable garden but there is nothing better than eating, all summer long from your own land.