Mango and basil are a wonderful combination. I had never thought about putting the two together until a good friend of mine mentioned them to me the other day. The perfumy mango complements the anise-like basil perfectly in this simple salad. For a quick dressing I mixed some olive oil, a little bit of balsamic vinegar and some sesame seeds. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper and you’ve got yourself a refreshing appetizer for a hot summer day.
I’m not usually a fan of cold dinners (with the notable exception of sushi, I could eat that every night) but a good chicken salad sandwich with a beer is all right with me every once in a while on a hot summer evening. The salad has to be hardy though; none of that thin, runny stuff for me. So here’s a flavorful and nicely substantial chicken salad recipe. It features my homemade seasoning salt from a few weeks ago along with some fresh tarragon, some freshly ground yellow mustard seed and the usual suspects: sour cream, mayo and celery. It’s quick and easy to whip up and a great make-ahead!
This yummy granola is made extra crispy by the addition of panko. You know panko, the Japanese-style breadcrumbs that are so crunchy that you reach for your earplugs when someone next to you chews them. I usually use the little guys to bread seafood and poultry but they come in handy in a range of other applications as well. Here they add crispiness, substance and a great addition to the coconut flakes, pecans, sesame and pumpkin seeds and the obligatory oats. As any granola recipe, this one is easy and requires very little work. Hope you give it a try! :)
You know those summer days that start out crazy hot and then there’s a huge late-afternoon thunderstorm that crashes temperatures so severely that you have to put on socks and a fleece jacket and want to make a fire and think of Thanksgiving? Those days is what this soup is for. It’s comforting, it’s creamy, it’s hot and it’s intensely flavorful. It’s also got some really good texture with the chicken, the mushrooms and the wild rice. Except for the mushrooms you need only pantry ingredients and a chicken breast out of the freezer or, if you happen to have, some leftover cooked chicken. Enjoy!