4th of July Gorgonzola Blue Cheese Burgers

The best thing about this year’s 4th of July is thanks to our good friend Christopher Clavius, we have a three day weekend. *Sidebar note: Thanks to yet another Facebook posting gimmick, I now know (and you probably do too :)) that this year’s month of July has 5 Fridays 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays—something that only happens once every 823 years. Boo-yah for weekends!

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We’re heading to the mountains for our annual 4th of July stay-cation celebration at our wonderfully generous friends Barr & Sherrie’s family cabin. Generous, yes, because there will be 14 of us this year.

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There will be lots of cooking (Gorgonzola Cheese Burgers with Adobo Ketchup–recipe below–will be making their annual appearance) going on nature walks, throwing rocks in the river and searching for stars.

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To plan and prep, here’s my list of some “bang-ing” links (ah, snap!) for the amazing week(end) ahead.

I’ve downloaded this celestial app to help us find our way

I’m plotting my menu thanks to Lori’s AMAZEBALLS round-up of 100 red, white and blue recipes

I’ll be madly assembling goodie bags and finalizing details for our intimate event on Wednesday

And then readying the guest room to host our giveaway winner

Drooling over fab foodie finds

Keeping the brews cold in a retro find

Meeting, tweeting and learning at this mountain top conference

Picking up a new pair thanks to the new dog’s insatiable chewing desires

And finally, joining Shauna, Irvin, Garrett, Justin, Ashley and 1000 others to party with pie

Happy sparklers everyone!

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Craving > 5 Updated Chicken Salad Recipes

Chicken Salad. It can so easily go so wrong and seem trite, the catch-all recipe for the catered office lunch or duty-calls bridal shower. But by adding an unexpected and flavorful ingredient, chicken salad can be oh-so-divine.

FoodieCrush Magazine Curried Chicken Salad

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Here’s my take on Chicken Salad, crunchy with celery and toasted almonds then sweetened up with sliced grapes and earthed up with curry and tarragon. Served on big old slices of hearty wheat bread, this is one version that has full-fledged-flavored. I add a lot more celery to this recipe than listed below because I like the crunch, so follow the recipe as is or adapt to your own cravings.

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Curried Chicken Salad with Toasted Almonds and Grapes

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in chicken breasts with skin
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes halved
  • 1/3 cup almond slivers toasted
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 T orange juice
  • 1 1/2 T curry powder
  • 1 1/2 T fresh tarragon chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub chicken with olive oil and generous amounts of salt and pepper. Cook for 30-40 minutes or until juice of chicken runs clear. When chicken has cooled, remove skin from breasts and shred chicken meat, discarding bones and skin. Mix in large bowl with onion, celery, grapes and almond slivers and set aside.
  2. In a medium size bowl, combine mayonnaise, yogurt, orange juice, curry power, salt and pepper.
  3. Add mayonnaise mixture to chicken mixture and gently combine. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve on a bed of spring or butter lettuce or hearty wheat bread with lettuce.
Nutrition Facts
Curried Chicken Salad with Toasted Almonds and Grapes
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Studded with some of cooking’s most under-used herbs of caraway (one of my favorites when sauteed with cabbage) and anise seeds and a touch of cumin, Skinny Gourmet‘s Irish Chicken Salad Sandwich on Soda Bread is deliciously sandwiched between slices of her husband’s family recipe for Irish Soda Bread. Looks like she now has another family recipe to hand down.

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Adapted from a Southern recipe for pimento cheese sandwiches, Nicole geniusly added shredded chicken to create a cheesey-chicken-wonderland-on-toast with Heaven to 350 ‘s recipe for Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwiches.

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You knew we had to highlight at least one recipe that has some serious spice and is far and above the expected chicken salad. Meet Kevin’s Kimchi Chicken Salad Sandwich. Kimchi sauteed in bacon grease? Woo-hoo, a new favorite is born in the kitchen of Closet Cooking.

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Pho Ga Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

FoodieCrush Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

While the rest of the U.S. is checking out cherry blossoms or putting their spring seedlings in the ground, in my neck of the woods the groundhog lost his GPS and failed to alert the weatherman that spring is supposed to be sprung.

Hello 8 inches of snow.

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And so back to cocooning I go, and that to me means one thing. Chicken soup. And to my husband that means another thing. Spicy chicken soup, or more specifically, Pho Ga.

We’ve both been a fan of Pho for a long time, since haunting spots in L.A. with names like Pho 69 or Pho 87 (so what’s with the numbers anyway?) But when we moved away it took a while to discover a new fav Pho spot.

In the interim, G tried his hand at mastering Beef Pho or Bo Pho, a complicated broth that’s all about patience as you roast bones and veggies and then put the broth to simmer for hours upon end while practicing infinite restraint from tasting the piping hot broth. The broth that one evening nearly set our house on fire. But that’s a story for another day.

FoodieCrush Steamy Kitchen Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

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But since moving from an area where ethnic foodie obsessions are easily remedied, we often rely on Jaden‘s recipes at Steamy Kitchen and are big fans of her Pho Ga or Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup, especially whenever we get the hankering for a simple but totally tasty broth that has just the right balance of chicken and spice thanks to the coriander, clove and star anise combo.

Get the Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup recipe here.

A big plus for Pho Ga versus Pho Bo is that the hours-long simmering process is shortened and  now we get to slurp our soup in under 2 hours.

Vietnamese Chicken Soup Pho Ga

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And since I’m a sucker for gorgeous photos, this Pho Ga recipe from eat drink and be merry makes me think it must smell as amazing as it looks.

Vietnamese Chicken Soup Pho Ga

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And another gorg pic from momofukufor2 with the recipe here

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