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Andrea’s Delicious Chicken Salad

I have made this recipe for many years now. I have adjusted things here and there and have finally settled on what works best for us. In this recipe I prefer to use leftover cooked chicken instead of canned chicken. We love getting those huge Perdue rotisserie chickens at BJ’s Wholesale Club for only $4.99! And these chickens are huge. I believe they are about 3 pounds! Definitely more than the scrawny ones you get at the supermarket for twice the price! And with just two of us we always have leftover chicken. So I pick the bones clean of any meat and chop it up with the rest of the leftovers. If I’m in the mood I can make it right away but I usually wait till the next morning to make the salad. It’s best if it can sit for a few hours for all the flavors to blend.  I got the name “Delicious Chicken Salad” from our friend Beverly who is a former co-worker of John’s. He used to share his lunch and everyone loved the chicken salad. I did make it from time to time with canned chicken breast only because I didn’t always have leftover chicken handy. It is so much better with fresh chicken though. If you only have a little bit of chicken leftover adjust the mayonnaise and other ingredients to fit.

Andrea's Famous Chicken Salad

INGREDIENTS:
Leftover cooked chicken breast/dark meat (About 2 cups or so)
1 stalk of celery finely chopped
1 scallion, green and white parts, finely chopped
¾ cup Hellmann’s light mayonnaise
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish sauce (not plain horseradish)
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

DIRECTIONS:
1. Chop up the chicken into small chunks. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. If you need more mayonnaise add a little at a time.
2. Let chill for an hour or more.
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Juicy Soy & Garlic Infused Pork Chops

Yes there is such a thing as juicy pork chops. If you cook them the right way that is! My recipe is simple and takes only about 12 minutes to cook. I marinate them in the ingredients listed below a few hours or more before cooking. The longer the better. I make these quite a lot especially since I can get them at such a great price at BJ’s Wholesale Club. Using boneless pork loin chops also makes them juicier as they have a little fat on them.

Soy & Garlic Infused Pork Chops w/Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles

INGREDIENTS:

4 boneless pork loin chops (I usually get the ones that are about 1½-2 inches thick)

garlic powder

soy sauce (I use the light version)

paprika

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place pork chops in a container with a lid so they can be put in fridge to marinate. Poke  the pork chops with fork several times on both sides. This is so the soy sauce is infused better into the chops.

2. Sprinkle the pork chops liberally with the garlic powder and paprika on both sides.

3. Shake the soy sauce onto both sides of the pork chops until they are well coated and you have soy sauce in the bottom of container. Make sure they are all well coated.

4. Put in refrigerator for 2 hours or more. You can turn them once if you like to make sure the soy sauce gets all over.

5. Spray a broiling pan with cooking spray. Place pork chops on broiling pan and broil on high about 4 inches from the heat. Broil for 6 minutes and turn. Broil for another 6 minutes. Check the chops to make sure they are cooked through. You can use a meat thermometer also. I usually just cut them in the middle a little. If they need more cooking just cook for another minute. You don’t want to over cook!

Basic Chili Seasoning

Just as promised, here is a basic chili seasoning mix you can make at home! It’s easy and as with the taco seasoning you probably have these ingredients at home. About ¼ cup of the mix is usually good for chili, but add more if you want. I never buy the pre-packaged mix from the store anymore! Again if you don’t like it too hot put in less of the chili powder. Have fun with it!

Andrea's Black & Red Chili

INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup paprika

3 tablespoons seasoning salt

2 tablespoons onion powder

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons ground cayenne pepper (red pepper)

2 tablespoons seasoned pepper

2 teaspoons dried thyme

2 teaspoons  dried oregano


DIRECTIONS:

1. In a small bowl mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: About 1 cup of seasoning.

Basic Taco Seasoning

I don’t know about you but I really don’t like to use the packaged seasoning mixes much anymore. They are too full of preservatives and secret ingredients that make me uneasy. So I’ve started to make my own. You will probably have these spices on hand anyway so might as well put them to good use! I’ve researched many recipes for this and came up with a good combination that I like the best. This recipe also makes about 2/3 cup of seasoning. This way you don’t have to keep making it every time you need it! It’ll be on hand and you will know exactly what is in it. Store it in an airtight container. You can even save the old spice bottles and use them. If you like hotter spice you can always add more of the chili powder or if you find it too hot, cut the amount of chili powder. It’s your choice! Have fun!

INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons paprika

2 tablespoons ground cumin

1 ½ tablespoons crushed sea salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a small bowl mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: About 2/3 cup


**Coming Next Sunday: Basic Chili Seasoning

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