Sunday, March 22, 2009

FAST BREAKFAST - chicken salad sandwich

4 cups of cooked chicken, shredded
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 1/4 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
1 1/4 cup seedless red grapes, cut in halves
1/2 cup whole flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 cup of yogurt
salt and pepper to taste


Shred the cooked chicken. Combine the grapes, tomatoes, celery, chicken, and parsley in a very large bowl. Add equal amounts of yogurt and mayonnaise until satisfied-maybe 1/2 cup each. Salt and pepper to taste.

This is my finger licking good breakfast for today. And do you that this tastes even better the next day, so it is a great make-ahead recipe. Voila!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

APPLE PIE - from scratch...:)

Pie Crust:
2 1/2 cups white flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cold butter, broken into small pieces
5 tbsp. cold vegetable shortening
8 tbsp. ice water. 

Measure the flour, sugar and salt together. Stir to combine. Add the chilled butter pieces and shortening to the bowl. Cut them in with a pastry cutter or knife. Don't over mix them. Add the ice water. Mix until the dough holds together (add a bit more water, if necessary). Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead it together, then divide in half. Flatten each half into a disk, wrap in saran wrap and chill for at least half an hour. Roll out one of the disks on a lightly floured surface until you have a circle that's about 12 inches in diameter. Put the circle in a 9" pie plate, trimming any extra dough from the edges with a sharp knife. Return it to the refrigerator until you are ready to make the pie. Add filling. Roll out the second ball of dough and cover top. Use a fork or your fingers to pinch the edges together. Cut a couple slits in the top.

1/3 to 2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
8 medium sized apples (a medium apple = about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons margarine

 Heat oven to 425 degrees. Peel, core and slice the apples. Try to keep the size of the slices even. Mix sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt in large bowl. Stir in apples. Pour into pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with margarine. Cover with top crust and seal the edges. Cut slits in the top. OPTIONAL: Cover edge with 3-inch strip of aluminum foil to prevent too much browning. Remove foil during last 15 minutes of baking. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust. 



1 cup yogurt, 1 cup milk, 1 cup pitted Medjool/Rotab dates, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract/essence, 2 cups ice cubes. Blend yogurt, milk, dates, and vanilla until smooth. Add ice cubes; blend again until mixture is thick and smooth. Divide between 2 glasses and serve. Give it a try - yummy!