Dijon Chicken Salad Spread

I had never eaten a chicken salad that was heavy on Dijon mustard until I ate it in a restaurant for lunch one day.  It was a shock since I had been expecting the standard fat laden chicken salad you usually find.  I had asked about fruits or nuts in the salad, as I am a puritan in that arena.

The salad was different and interesting, not in a bad way though.  I found myself thinking about this chicken salad sandwich a few days later.  I had some boneless chicken breasts in the freezer and thought I might give it a try.

It has taken a few tries to get the Dijon mustard to mayonnaise ratio right for the way I like it.  Because Dijon can be overpowering, even when you like Dijon, there needs to be a bit of mayonnaise to cut through the mustard and finish moistening the spread.

Dijon Chicken Salad Spread is a tasty way to eat chicken salad that has a lower fat and calorie count than my basic chicken salad recipe that has mayonnaise and sour cream.

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Soft Homemade Flat Bread

Flat Bread is a recipe that has recently been added to my recipe rotation.  I was actually looking for a pita bread replacement.  Have you seen the cost of pita bread in the store?  This recipe is also a decent replacement for store bought Naan bread, that stuff carries a crazier price than pita.

I make a lot of hummus which means I need a healthy supply of carrots, celery, and pita bread on hand.

Carrots and celery are two of the many staples I keep on hand, but pita bread, not so much.  It seems to me that it dries out too fast to keep it on hand.

I ran across a recipe at Mel’s Kitchen for Greek Pocketless Pitas.  I thought to myself “Self, we have got to try this.”  I did, and I have never looked back.  We use it so much that I only make it in double batches.  It is time consuming and since I am kind of lazy, I go ahead and make a mess once instead of twice.  It also cuts my waiting down by half, since I only have to let dough rise half as many times.

I suspect this flat bread will also dry out fast, but I only keep out what I intend to use in a day or two.

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Flat Burger Sliders

Flat Burger Sliders were created because, as you can only guess, there is no restaurant around here that serves decent thin patty burgers on slider buns.  In addition, there is no White Castle or Krystal Burger within easy driving distance of Tulsa.

I have seen the several hundred, maybe even thousands, of White Castle copycat recipes on the interwebs.  Yes, I have tried a few.  No they did not make me happy.

This recipe is not supposed to be a copycat of either of those restaurants.  I don’t believe you can accurately copy those recipes without their preformed patties, who knows what unhealthy additives, nor their large griddles.  I think there might even be some magic in the little boxes they stuff the baby burgers into.

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Egg Bagel Sandwich

Egg Bagels with Canadian bacon and cheese makes frequent appearances for dinner on the nights we need something quick.

I started making these because before McDonalds started serving breakfast all day, you could only get a breakfast sandwich before 10:30 am.  Sometimes I want breakfast food for supper.  Pancakes, bacon and eggs, omelets, and even waffles sometimes

This really isn’t even a recipe, it’s more like an explanation of how to put simple ingredients together and make a quick meal.  It’s like a sandwich, but makes you feel like you actually cooked.

Egg Bagels are easy enough to make that you can ditch the frozen variety.  If you want a frozen breakfast sandwich, why not just make your own and freeze them.  I would wait to add the cheese until the Canadian bacon and egg were completely cool.  I would also skip the microwave step until the day I was ready to eat it.

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Rustic Crusty Bread

This recipe for Rustic Crusty Bread is my go-to bread recipe whenever I have a hankering for warm bread.  I love bread!  I’ll eat it from anywhere, even a factory.  I’m not embarrassed either.  Sometimes all you need in life is a peanut butter and jelly or bologna sandwich using super soft white bread.  The kind that sticks to your teeth with no nutritional value whatsoever.

But, homemade bread, warm from the oven, slathered in butter takes the cake in my book.  Rustic Crusty Bread is also really good when toasted.  I find that I usually need to run through my toaster cycle twice though.

This recipe is easy to make.  It requires no kneading, no fancy mixers, and is pretty darn hard to screw up.  Trust me, I have yet to totally fail with this method.  I may have struggled getting it shaped and dropped into my pan when I first started making this.  Don’t worry if you struggle too, even if it’s ugly, it’s delicious.  You will get better with it the more you practice and eventually it will be no big deal to whip up a quick loaf of bread.

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Meatballs

Meatball subs are in the regular rotation during football season at our house.  They can be made with frozen meatballs and jars of marinara sauce, homemade meatballs with marinara sauce, frozen meatballs and homemade sauce, or homemade meatballs with homemade sauce.

I have made them in all of the combinations above and I am not ashamed.  Even if you tell me how great the sandwich was you just ate, I will let you know I used frozen meatballs and which brand of jarred sauce I used, if I did.

The secret to great meatball subs using frozen meatballs is the cooking method.  Slow, slow, slow.  You can cook them on a stovetop, in a crockpot, or in a low temperature oven.  You just need enough sauce to cover the meatballs and a little water.  If I am using a jarred sauce I add about a quarter cup of water to each jar, this normally takes 2 jars when I cook for a party, replace the lid and shake the water in the jar to get out the last of the sauce and pour it in.

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Sauce Buns and Red Hots

Sauce buns and red hots were a summertime tradition back home and seem to be regional specialties not know to those outside of the small town I grew up in.  Sauce buns are just like the name implies, sauce on a bun, but if you added a hot dog it became a red hot.  These cannot be described as chili dogs or Coney dogs because they are sweeter than that.  If you bite into one of these expecting a chili dog you will be disappointed.  However, if you know going in that this is something totally different than that, you just might love them.

This recipe is inspired by Jaenicke’s in Kankakee, the local hot dog stand where we used to eat these.  I might be dating myself, but I remember getting a baby beer with my hot dog.  It was the smallest root beer mug I have ever seen, filled with their homemade root beer, delivered by a carhop.  There was only one location back then, “down by the river.”

These sauce buns have a sweet red meat sauce that is flavored with chili powdered, resembles chili, but doesn’t actually taste like chili.  They are very hard to explain to anyone who has never had one or has never been to an old fashioned root beer stand in the Midwest prior to big franchises.  It’s kind of like sloppy joe and chili dog sauce rolled into one.

I have never eaten at an A & W, but I have heard these might be similar.  I have had Coney dogs, not the same.  This is also not Cincinnati chili or Skyline chili.

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Grilled PB&J

Sometimes, what we eat doesn’t really need a recipe, but grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches seem to go against every cooking gain I have so it needs a recipe.

One of the first times I served tomato soup to Andy he asked me to make him a grilled peanut butter.

Me: “Huh? A what?”

Him: “A grilled peanut butter.”

Me: “Never heard of it.”

Him: “Really?!?!  It’s like a grilled cheese but with peanut butter instead of cheese.  My mom used to make them all the time. Didn’t yours?”

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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”

Bratwurst in Beer

I am making bratwurst in beer today. It pairs really well with my too cheesy macaroni and cheese. Nothing like a heaping helping of cholesterol on one plate! Hey, I do try to eat a tomato on the side. Somehow in my mind it makes it healthier, please don’t message me to tell me that it isn’t any healthier…. I already know this, my day job is in healthcare.

Yes, it’s another recipe that can be served on a bun or some carb loaded wheat based product. We skip the mac and cheese if there is a bun……. In case no one has noticed, we eat a lot of “sandwich type” foods in this house. Blogging is time consuming. Sandwiches are quick.

My blogging partner (and son) makes his own bratwurst. Me? I buy a famous brand at the store and go from there. I am all about quick! Perhaps one day, I will try to make my own bratwurst from scratch too.  Hahahaha! Who am I kidding? I will leave the expansion of cooking skills to the next generation. Continue reading “Bratwurst in Beer”