I’m bringing this one back up from the archives to share with you today. Because I’m pretty sure we all need more of this salad in our lives.
I only have a handful of restaurant copycat recipes here on the blog. But after having ordered the Fuji apple chicken salad at Panera for nearly a decade, I decided a few years ago that it was high time to learn how to make it for myself. Because clearly, it must be a keeper if I’m still not tired of it after so many years. (The same goes for their French onion soup, which I’m convinced is made with some magical secret ingredient that makes it better than all French onion soups. I digress…)
Holy cannoli! For those of you who missed it, I posted a roundup of Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes yesterday on the blog, and it absolutely crazy on Pinterest last night. I guess you all love your slow cookers!
I’m definitely a slow cooker fangirl too. In fact, the weather has cooled down and it’s now perfectly appropriate to cook dinner in the oven. But lately, I’ve still been letting my slow cooker do all of the work. It is just way too easy! And when it comes to 2-ingredients like this BBQ shredded chicken, it is even easier than easy. Yet the result is a big batch of shredded chicken that is still so flavorful, so moist, and so good. And it can be used in sandwiches, salads, soups, tacos, or whatever sounds good.
I absolutely love food blogging. But I have to confess, there’s one thing about my pre-recipe-developing days that I really miss sometimes about cooking – not measuring stuff.
Before I started sharing recipes with you, I was totally “that cook” who prided herself on rarely pulling out a measuring cup or spoon. Sure, I usually had to do so for baking. But for cooking? I loved tossing in a “glug” of this here, a “pinch” of that there, a “handful” of that here, and a “sprinkle” of that there….you know, “eyeing it”. It’s definitely my favorite way to cook. And arguably, it’s the way that people have cooked for most of history and still continue to cook today in most countries around the world.
Last night, I taught a cooking class for the first time in years. And it was so much fun!!
I actually get asked to teach cooking classes pretty often, and cater, both of which I have decided I don’t enjoy all that much. But this one was for my church, as part of these cool “institutes” we do quarterly. And they are awesome. So I agreed to do it. :)
I love traveling abroad. But without a doubt, there are always a few things I appreciate all the more about the States whenever I return. A few I’m extra-appreciating this week?
Ice (and iced coffee)
The insect kingdom remaining outside
The option to flush toilet paper
My own bed
Friends/family/dog/neighborhood/all that jazz…
…and fried food
I know. The last one came as a total shocker to me too, since it is the very rare occasion that I crave fried food. But the second I stepped food in the Atlanta airport and walked by a TGIFridays, the smells of everything fried and greasy and down right ‘Merican were calling my name. Of all the things.
Everyone has their own entertaining style, usually learned through trial and (in my case, more than a few inedible) errors.
Some of my friends specialize in cooking brunch. Some only grill. Some keep it simple with popcorn and apps. Some enjoy designing elaborate Pin-spired five-course experiences, complete with perfect tablescapes and signature drinks and the like. Some plan far out in advance. Some shoot you a text half an hour beforehand. But they’re all different, and I love it.