It is chilly and rainy.
The house is quiet because it's 6:30am.
I'm not going anywhere.
Nobody is coming over.
Ironman gets home today .
I'm in the mood to cook.
Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
I once prepared this recipe and took it to work. So many people stopped by my classroom or left notes in my box requesting the recipe, that I finally just made copies and left them on the table by the coke machine. It continues to be a hit. I almost always make it around Christmas because I have a pretty bowl to put it in.
I took photos this morning as I prepared it. It is easy peasy.
Shred 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts.
I had chicken left over from P.W.'s chicken pot pie I prepared Tuesday night.
Chop 3 green onions.
I have a set of measuring spoons and a set of measuring cups. Love them. Here are a few of the measuring cups.
Oops. One of them has cinnamon in it. Or had cinnamon in it. I should take better photos. Sorry.
Next add 2/3 cup chow main noodles to bowl.
Add 2/3 cup slivered almonds.
*I don't measure these. I admit it. I just pour a few noodles and
a few almonds and eye ball it.
Give everything a toss.
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon vinegar
salt and pepper
I mix mine in a Mason jar. Give it a good shake.
I chilled the dressing separately from the salad. Pour dressing over salad just before serving. Give it a good toss. Serve with crackers. Or as a sandwich. Or just plain. It was gone in a flash at my house.
After the salad, I cleaned up the kitchen.
I like to clean as I work. I like things organized and tidy. I once had a teacher at school step into my classroom for some adult conversation. She watched me tidying up and organizing and rearranging and wiping things with clorox wipes. After a few minutes she said, "You know, my MIL used to tell me to clean up as I was cooking. Clean as you go. But that doesn't make you a better cook. It just gives you a clean kitchen."
I ignored the comment.
After I cleaned up my chicken salad work area, I started on COOKIES!!
World Famous Butter Cookies
All the cookie recipes start with "1 cup of butter"
I won't add the step by step directions, etc. But I must show you something lovely.
This Cuisinart Mini Chopper. I've had it for 24 years. Yes, yes I have. It was a wedding gift from a cousin. I'm sure it'll chop just about anything, but when it comes to chopping nuts - there is no other tool I'd choose.
need a few nuts chopped for a recipe, I grab the mini chopper.
Labeled with my handy dandy label maker.
After Christmas I'm going to really cut back on the butter and sugar.