In fine Sandwiches From Last Night tradition, Grilled Chicken with Spinach, Avocado and a Spicy Mayo!
Had been musing on a “savory Napoleons” concept that ultimately morphed into these sandwiches. The notion could still be achieved with a more layered sandwich and a pastry dough. Used a loaf of Sarah’s Bread, Wheatified, sliced thin (1/4” ish).
Grilled Chicken with Spinach, Avocado and a Spicy Mayo
Bread, sliced thin and lightly toasted
Grilled chicken breast, sliced thin, on an angle
Baby spinach greens, one handful per sandwich
Avocado, sliced thin
3/4 c mayo
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1) Combine the mayo and cayenne, then spread on each side of the toasted bread slices
2) Single layer of grilled chicken slices topped with a handful of spinach and then sliced avocado
Realized it is not only the perfect time of year for soup, it’s the perfect time of life for it! With Baby Ellie rocking 8 weeks of being an outside baby, dinner prep is at its best when intensely flexible. Making a pot of soup at the beginning of the week can be a real dinner saver!
Biscuits. I love them. The ingredients are always around, they’re easy, and they give the impression that an extra bit of care has gone into, say, an easy soup dinner. You can add cheddar, use milk and butter instead of a buttermilk biscuit, sweeten them up with honey - yay, biscuits!
Since Ellie was born (6 weeks ago!!) I’ve been craving all the foods I hated to eat while I was pregnant (thanks, Hyperemesis Gravidarum!). That means meat, vegetables, meat, meat and vegetables. Plus some meat and vegetables. Beef pot pie sounds amazing to me, but to do a proper job takes more time than I have in a week, let alone a day right now, so here’s my recipe for chicken pot pie - which not only takes less than an hour, it definitely hits the spot!
It’s been awhile, huh? Yeah, I got pregnant, which came with this rare condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum - and if you think feeling like you have food poisoning for 7 months sounds rough, imagine what that does to the life of a foodie!
Cupcakes. The “cup” part is pretty straightforward it’s the “cake” that ends up filed away under “Saccharine Disappointments”. So here is a cake in a cup that is just the right amount of sweet, abundantly moist and has this great slightly crisped on the top thing going on.
Cane sugar sodas rock - as anyone that’s had Mexican Coca Cola knows - and there have been blog entries before about the super delicious Dry Soda Co. Their lavender soda is a thing of loveliness, their cucumber is great solo or as a cocktail component, and Adam adores the vanilla bean. Trouble is, they go for about $7-$8 for a four pack. Yeah, ouch. This Christmas, Mark delivered a gift-wrapped solution, an iSi Soda Siphon!
As I mentioned before, there’s more than one recipe for, well, everything, but more specific to this post, The French 75. Last week’s recipe from the Savoy is great in part because the ingredient list is so simple. However, since I don’t have the same sort of fussily specific loyalty to this cocktail as I do to, say, the martini, I enjoy multiple iterations. I happen to have all the ingredients required below in stock pretty much all the time, but I know that isn’t an entirely reasonable expectation for everyone. Still, none of the items listed are cocktail uni-taskers, so they’re worth picking up - maybe I’ll make a point of that by posting more drink recipes!!
Everybody knows I like martinis, a lot, but I also like gin cocktails - note my versatility! ;) The French 75 is a fantastic cocktail for anytime of the year, it’s that good, but I think it’s a really great cocktail for New Year’s. Why? Well, it uses Champagne, is delicious, is easy to make, is a classic, and it packs a serious punch - which is how it earned the name “The French 75”. Concocted during WWI, its wallop reminded bar patrons of the French 75 mm artillery gun. It’s just the sort of drink I want my guests holding when the ball drops!
This one is for Mark, who declared this soup “magical” last week - words every cook wants to hear!! The pedigree of the recipe is a bit odd, however, and I can’t actually trace its lineage too clearly, but here goes: Bonnie always makes this amazing soup, which she says is based off the Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup. Bonnie, however, is a proper cook in that she alters things to suit her tastes and needs, adding a bit of stock here, a bunch of potatoes there, so that when I got the recipe from cooking with her it was clear this is the sort of soup you make from your soul. Your tummy’s soul at least! It really is wonderful, especially this time of year, and Adam has confessed to getting out of bed at night to heat up a second bowl!! Here is my version - which is, after all, magical! :P