Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

It's been a nice, quiet day around my hacienda & it felt pretty good. I worked in my garden and got a few more things planted. The heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Mansfield MO that I've planted have done extremely well. I've already used some of the arugula & radishes and I would definitely use these seeds again. The spinach is coming along as are the snowpeas. Judy felt the same about her heirloom seeds. Allison started heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers and they're in the ground. I also planted some really different squash & a lemon cucumber (not because of it's taste but because of the shape & color). I have eggplant & squash in my front flower bed. They should look great with their big flowers.

Several people have asked for my chicken salad recipe. It's a summer favorite around here so thought I'd post it now so you can make it all summer. I usually use a roasted chicken from the grocery store rather then cook breasts. Last week when I fed about 24 people, I only used 2 chickens & I don't use the darker meet. Just the thighs with all the white meat & I tear the meat rather then cut it. I just don't like little cut chunks.

Flying Farmer Chicken Salad

5 cups cooked chicken
2 tablespoons salad oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tsp. salt
Combine these ingredients & let stand while preparing remaining salad ingredients. (Can be refrigerated overnight.)

3 cups cooked rice (let cool to at least room temp.)
1 1/2 cups small green grapes (or red -- seedless)
1 1/2 cups sliced celery
1 (13 1/2 oz.) can pineapple tidbits (drained well)
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges (drained well)
1 cup toasted slivered almonds
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I prefer Hellmans)
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Serves 12

Leola's will be open tomorrow so I'll be working on Memorial Day. It looks like it's suppose to rain so we could be busy. Hope so, anyway. It's getting to the end of the month & we're all trying to sell like crazy so we'll have money for our trip. If anyone has a suggestion for where we could stay near Walnut, Iowa, wish they would let us know.


Kenda said...

Jan, Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe! I can't wait to make it...Yum! Kenda

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Thanks for the recipe and also for stopping by. Hope you are having a great weekend, T

lovesoldstuff said...

Hi Jan,
I go to Walnut almost every year and if you haven't booked a room yet it will be tough to find anything close by. They have national junior little league something or other going on in Omaha that same weekend every year and everything is booked for miles. We've had good luck getting rooms in Missouri Valley Iowa, which is about 40 mintues from Walnut. Good luck, have fun!