Basic Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is my go-to for using up any leftover chicken I have.  Sometimes when I am making chicken soup or chicken and dumpling, I go ahead and thrown in some extra chicken breasts just for chicken salad.  Rotisserie chicken meat is also really good in this recipe.

When I make this style of chicken salad, I prefer it pretty plain.  Celery is the only addition you will find here.  Feel free to add any number of ingredients you like in your chicken salad.  I prefer to eat mine on toast with some onions slices, stuffed inside of a tomato, or with crackers so fruit and nut addition just aren’t my thing.  I know a lot of people who it is their thing, so if that’s you, just add what you like, even feel free to leave out the celery.  I won’t hurt my feelings.  What will hurt my feelings is if you are a beginner cook and you don’t get into the kitchen and at least try. Continue reading “Basic Chicken Salad”

Mint Tea

I have been growing mint plant on the deck this summer.  For one, I love anything mint, for two, I found a chocolate mint plant and just had to impulsively buy one when I saw it outside of a grocery store.  Since replanting them in one pot, they have overtaken the pot.

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I have been searching for a use for all of this mint besides bath salts.  I mean, it is only about 10 degrees cooler than Hades in Oklahoma this year in June.  Way too early for this nonsense, and a hot soothing mint Epsom salt bath is the last thing on my mind.  We have endured the Mississippi Delta heat, Erica (bless her little kitchen heart), Ron and his family still tolerate it and we have lived through 9 Oklahoma summers, but this year is different.

Love our lawn crew, but it makes me a little sad when I see someone else taking care of the lawn.  Hit me up if you live in the Tulsa area and want the name of our company, they do a great job.  But, for as long as I can remember, Andy’s lawn has been his source of pride and joy.  This year is so hot, he willingly gave up lawn maintenance. Continue reading “Mint Tea”


Egg rolls are my downfall in life.  They are like potato chips, I can’t eat just one.  Growing up an hours drive from Chicago we grew up eating at Chiam’s in Chinatown.  It is no longer in business which meant no more egg rolls from Chiam’s.  Eventually we started going to Rising Sun in Mokena, it was closer and we could do carry out orders.

But when we moved to Florida we were in for a rude awakening.  Chinese food was all the same at all locations (and it wasn’t delicious).  It is a phenomenon that has plagued us since.  The need for a good egg roll that reminded us of Chiam’s or even Rising Sun was nowhere to be found, so the experimenting started.

You may not like these, and it won’t hurt my feelings.  Egg roll preferences are a very personal thing.  Most people like the ones made in their area of the country and some like the generic version you get at most Chinese restaurant today that taste the same at all locations. Continue reading “Eggrolls”