Jambalaya is one of those dishes that has almost as many versions as there are people who cook it. I grew up eating my aunt’s jambalaya at her big house in little Mamou, LA and her version will forever live in my mind as the classic Cajun recipe. Fresh gulf shrimp, andouille sausage and chicken jambalaya was her South Louisiana answer to “surf and turf,” with a little “sky” thrown in for good measure. Continue reading
We love Chinese food, especially stir fry. In a typical week we’ll make stir fry two or three times, and Jan will occasionally ask me if I’m getting tired of having it for dinner. The answer is always “no.” Continue reading
Pretty much the only complaint we’ve ever heard anyone make about eating organic is the expense. Yes, it costs more, but it still isn’t as expensive as you think. This is the third dish we’ve gotten out of one organic chicken. First we made homemade stock for soup, and then we used some of the meat to make two other dishes; egg rolls to accompany a stir fry dish or appetizers and lastly, Will’s favorite of the three. This chicken salad is wonderful on a croissant or just on a bed of lettuce with a few slices of avocado.
This is so easy and everyone alway raves about it. If you don’t care for dried cranberries you can substitute grapes and do the same for the nuts, add your favorite. I like walnuts as they are so good for you and nuts always have that great crunch, the texture gives us a more satisfied feeling, I think. This recipe is easily doubled or even tripled for larger groups.
- 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite size pieces
- ½ cup celery, split and chopped
- ¼ cup walnuts or pecans are good, chopped
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries, I purchase the ones with half the sugar or substitute sliced grapes
- ½ tsp. lemon juice
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- ½ cup mayo
- ¼ cup sour cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine and chill until ready to serve. Serve on a croissant with sliced avocado or on a bed of lettuce.
Today one basic preparation is going to be the base for three different recipes. I’m making homemade organic chicken stock with a whole organic chicken and from that I will have the major ingredients to make homemade chicken soup, chicken salad with cranberries and walnuts, and homemade egg rolls.
This stock is amazing. If you buy chicken stock at the store and compare it to this beautiful creation you’ll never go back to store bought. They don’t add spices and vegetable to theirs Continue reading