recipe

Chicken Salad Sandwich

I am not much of a tuna or chicken salad girl, but the dish was requested by a house guest and as a good hostess I did research on what makes up a good chicken salad sandwich. I found that most recipes call for mayo, chicken, dill, and grapes. I decided to combine 2 different recipes and the results were delish.

Best part: NO COOKING NECESSARY!

Enjoy this as a lunch dish or even just a snack. 

 

Taste: 4/5 (1 AWFUL 5 AMAZING)

Skill: 1/5 (1 EASY - 5 HARD) 

Time: 15 mins

Servings: 5-6

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Grilled Chicken optional: (foster farms pre cooked chicken)
  • 2 cups Celery
  • 3 cups of Red grapes 
  • 2 tbsp Fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp Dried parsley
  • 1 cup Green Apple
  • 2 tbsp Fresh chopped chives 
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 12 fl oz cup olive oil mayo
  • Salt
  • Pepper 
  • Sliced Almonds
  • 6 croissant rolls 

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl combine, 3 cups of shredded up chicken , 3 cups of halved red grapes, 2 cups of chopped celery, 1 cup diced green apple.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix up the mayo, fresh dill, salt, pepper, chives & the juice of 1 whole lemon.
  3. Put everything together in 1 large bowl and mix it all up. 
  4. optional : Cover and let sit in refrigerator for 4-6 hours. 
  5. Slice in half croissant roll and put mixer in the sandwich.

Serve and enjoy! 

Food

My Famous Mulled Wine

This is a hot drink that is perfect for a wine drinker and a holiday party. But I must warn you, this drink is magical. Its like someone put christmas in a cup. It will warm your whole body and make you want more.  Thus i must say: Don't Drink and Drive.

Very Easy to do just requires a medium crock pot and a few ingredients. Kind of time consuming but worth it. ** Tip: Due to its hot temp, drink it from a mug. 

(Feel free to switch brands, this is just the combo I found taste best.)

Taste: 5/5 (1 AWFUL 5 AMAZING)

Skill: 2/5 (1 EASY - 5 HARD) 

Time: 2-3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml Joel Gott Zinfandel 
  • 3 cups of Simply Apple Juice
  • 1 cup of organic sugar 
  • 1/2 cup of E&J Brandy 
  • 3 cups of whole cranberries
  • 6 cinnamon sticks 
  • 2 large Oranges
  • Whole cloves
  • Cinnamon powder

Directions:

Start by pouring the whole bottle of wine into the cooker.  Turn it on Low heat.

Add in the apple juice, sugar, cranberries and a tablespoon of cinnamon.

Stick whole cloves into a clean orange peel, all over. Then place the clove studded orange into the wine.

Cook this on LOW for 2hrs. Stir the liquid every 30 mins.

Once you have cooked the mixture for 2hrs, Add the brandy and squeeze the clove studded orange into the cooker.  Stir it all together and put it back on the cooker.

Cook for an additional 30mins-1hr.

Prepare your garnishes. 

Slice the 2nd orange into very thin circles. 

Optional: On a long toothpick add a few pieces of whole uncooked cranberries. Grab a Mug, put a cinnamon stick in, along with the cranberry skewer. 

Now you are ready to enjoy your magical mulled wine. 

Take a ladle and serve the mixture into the garnished mug.

Sprinkle some ground cinnamon on the top. 

Serves: 8-10

Recipe: (original) kitchentreaty.com  this recipe is my own take on it

* LEFTOVERS: Much Like normal wine, you want to keep air exposure to the minimum. Store in a wine bottle and re-cork it, a mason jar with screw on lid etc. You can also purchase a wine vaccum for under $20 on amazon. A good one with good reviews is : Vacu Vin.  

 

 

 

 

Food

Easy Tortellini

This is a favorite at my dinner parties and its so easy to make. 

Taste: 4/5 (1 AWFUL 5 AMAZING)

Skill: 1/5 (1 EASY - 5 HARD) 

Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • pre-made tortellini
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of unsalted sweet corn
  • salt & pepper
  • 10oz. Spinach
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • pre-made pesto

Directions

Boil premade tortellini until its soft and edible.

Drain tortellini, put in a large bowl and add a large serving spoon worth of pesto.

Add 1 can of drained black beans

Add 1 can of sweet corn 

Season with sea salt & pepper

Carefully Mix it all up, trying not to break the tortellini.

optional: serve over a bed of spinach & sprinkle a bit of mozzarella cheese on top