Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Chicken Salad

This recipe for chicken salad came from Simply Recipes. I’ve made some minor changes. But it came from the recipe by Elise Bauer. I've modified the recipe because of my mom's dietary requirements and preferences.

The thing that I think makes a huge difference, for me, is poaching the chicken. I used to roast my chicken for chicken salad, or pick the meat off a roasted chicken. Poaching makes the chicken really tender and moist.

And save the poaching liquid; it makes a great base for broth/stock, or it’s lovely for cooking rice.

Ingredients:

For the salad:
1 pound boneless, skinless (raw) chicken breasts or chicken tenders, cut into chunks
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 medium red onion or “sweet onion” chopped red onion
1 whole apple, cored and chopped (Think Granny Smith or Pippin)
Chopped walnuts (1/3 to 1/2 cup, depending on your preferences

Notes:

  • The original recipe calls for 4 to 6 green olives, pitted and minced; I leave the olives out because my mom is not a fan. She is a fan of nuts, so I added walnuts. 
  • The original recipe calls for adding shredded lettuce to the salad; lettuce is not something mom can have much of, so I leave it out.



For the dressing:

5 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Lemon curd
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Notes:

  • The original recipe calls for plum preserves, or any sweet berry preserve or a lesser amount of honey. I don't have any; I do have some intensely lemony lemon curd, that was not as sweet as most. 


Process:


  1. Poach the chicken: Put 2 quarts of salted water in a pot, and bring it to a boil. 
  2. Add the cut chicken breast to the water, and return the water to a simmer. 
  3. Cover the pot and turn off the heat
  4. Let the chicken sit for 15 minutes at least while you prepare everything else. This is important. Salmonella is a bad thing.
  5. While you wait for the chicken to finish cooking, mix the mayonnaise, lemon curd, and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Check the flavor; add salt and pepper, and additional lemon curd and/or lemon juice to taste. 
  6. In a large bowl, mix the chopped celery, bell pepper, olives, red onion, and apple.
  7. Add the dressing to the chopped vegetables. 
  8. After at least 15 minutes, remove the chicken from the poaching water and dice it into smaller pieces as needed. 
  9. Add the chicken to the dressing and vegetables, and mix, coating everything evenly. 
  10. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A. H. Bullen on Thomas Middleton

One of Middleton's early editors, A. H. Bullen, wrote:

I have read at various times much indifferent verse and much execrable verse, but I can conscientiously say that The Wisdom of Solomon Paraphrased is the most damnable piece of flatness that has ever fallen in my way.

Cited in: Wells, Stanley. Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

David Bowie on art

All art is unstable. There is no authoritative voice. There are only multiple readings.


— David Bowie via The Guardian.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Easy Peach Cobbler

Southern Living

Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter 
1 cup all-purpose flour 
2 cups sugar, divided into 1 cup portions
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon baking powder 
Pinch of salt 
4 cups fresh peach slices 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional) 

Preparation

  1. Melt butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish or casserole.
  2. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).
  3. Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
  4. Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool.

Notes


  • You can use frozen peaches, or canned, or cherries or blueberries or blackberries or raspberries, or a mixture. Consider draining some of the syrup off and adjusting the sugar for canned fruit. 
  • You absolutely do not need 1 cup of sugar in the fruit mixture. Adjust the sugar after tasting the fruit, especially if you're using canned or sugar-packed frozen fruit. You want to taste the fruit, but you also want to have a fruit juice and sugar syrup that thickens (and you can cheat by adding a little flour or corn starch and using less sugar). 
  • With some judicious pouring and butter distribution, you can use smaller individual cobbler dishes. 
  • Serve with ice cream on warm cobbler, or even heavy cream. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Two Questions to Ask When Decluttering

From Joshua Becker’s Becoming Minimalist To Declutter Any Room, Ask These Two Questions

Those two questions: “Do I need it?” and “Why do I have it?” form the basis for your best decluttering efforts going forward. They will prove to be enlightening and will open up new ideas about what items to keep and what items to remove.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Rachel Maddow on Coming Out


The single best thing about coming out of the closet is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you've just told them. —Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow on Feminism


Feminism is itself a challenge. Feminism is a challenge to the way things are in the world. It is by definition an oppositional movement, because it’s trying to accomplish something. I’ve never felt like feminism was a consciousness raising effort in isolation. Everything about feminism is about getting something in the world to get better for women, and to get the world to be less stupid on gender bifurcation terms. I think that feminism over time gets better, or it gets better and worse and better and worse at achieving the goals that it’s trying to achieve, but the overall mission stays the same. I guess I don’t think of it as feminism versus anti-feminism; I sort of think of it as feminism versus the world. I don’t think of it as a competition; there’s no winning. In feminism, you’re always trying to make stuff better. It’s opposition to which you cannot attribute a tally. —Rachel Maddow