chicken salad with fennel fronds, raisins & pears

I tried a new recipe this week. Well, okay I tried a few new recipes this week. One was for this chicken salad and another was a chicken dish consisting of little foil packets filled with fennel, carrots, red onion and large chicken breasts. Yes, large chicken breasts. I’m honestly a little grossed out at the largeness of most chicken breasts these days.

I’m sure I’d find some lovely AA size chickens grazing nearby at a local farm, but here at my neighbourhood Wegmans, they’re more like (rather definitely) DD’s. Because of their enormous size, ninety-nine percent of the time I cook with chicken (they say breast is best), I halve them, or butterfly them, to yield more appropriate and human-portioned fillets. Then, and only then, can I tolerate them, cook with them and eat them.

As I was saying, the other night for dinner we ate huge chicken breasts.… Continue reading

chicken chive cutlets

As we sat down to eat this fowl dinner, the Mr. brought it to my attention that we were dining on fried chicken. I wrinkled my brow in disbelief. For we’ve shared quite a few conversations about fried chicken, he and I. I’ve told him that I believe fried chicken is something to be eaten lightly. Like once a year or decade. He thinks otherwise. So how elated was I to realise indeed I had just fried up some chicken?!

You see, to me, fried chicken is bought by the bucketful with sides of mash potatoes, coleslaw and buttermilk biscuits. And if I were going to eat it, I’d rather fry it up myself. And that’s where the dilemma comes in. Perhaps it’s my aversion to white and dimply, goose-bumpy chicken skin. Or maybe it’s that I don’t own a large enough vat or have jugs of excess frying oil,… Continue reading

chicken kabobs with tomato, cucumber and feta salad

Now that summer is in full swing, Graham and I have taken to grilling out quite a bit. It helps that we have a patio to grill on. Graham started digging a very large hole (a twelve-by-twenty-three-foot hole) last summer, and because of all the rain we got towards the end of the summer and into fall, we had to postpone working on the patio until this past spring. But the good news is, the hole got filled and stones were laid! And now we have a lovely patio to dine alfresco.

We’ve yet to come across any furniture for the space, so in the meanwhile we pull out a little wooden table from our basement and pair it with two plastic green lawn chairs. Fancy, I know. But at least we have some nice ambiance overhead- a string of paper lanterns. They’re fun and pretty, battery-operated and came with… Continue reading

chicken lasagna

Once upon a time Graham and I traveled to the far away land of Michigan. Grand Rapids, to be precise. We spent time with family and vacationed a bit. It was lovely. We saw the city, the beach, the country side, the suburbs and even went to Holland where we saw many tulips, found $10, and tried on authentic wooden shoes. We did not bring any home.

I did, however, bring home this lovely recipe for chicken lasagna. Now call me crazy, but I had never heard of, nor tried, chicken lasagna before. But then again this is coming from someone who has never even made a traditional lasagna (with ground beef) before. Instead I’ve taken to layering my lasagna sheets with venison, wild mushrooms and vegetables. So I’d say it was about time I gave chicken a chance (we’ll see about beef).

Now, let me tell you a little… Continue reading