I get the feeling most people under-appreciate chicken salad. As a kid, my grandmother used to make tuna and chicken salad as dips for every party. With just a few ingredients, a flavorful dish can be made in advance and enjoyed all week long. Although I grew up on chicken salad, at some point, I started to shy away from all things mayo. I appreciate how the flavor and texture of mayonnaise can enhance a dish, but can’t stand when the flavor is overpowering. For years, I have preferred most salads (pasta, potato, etc.) with a light dressing instead of mayo. The neighborhood deli makes a chicken salad with dried cranberries and celery that my husband loves. Then my world changed when I spotted Good Foods cranberry almond chicken salad in individual serving cups at Costco! These little cups use Greek yogurt and poppy seed dressing. Can you tell I am already hooked? They have me rethinking my chicken salad boycott and searching for more little-to-no-mayo chicken salad recipes.
Ripe peaches are juicy, tender, and versatile. Peaches make the perfect addition to salads, pizzas, baked goods, and cocktails. Here are eight ways to use them!
For some stupid reason, I decided to start a nutrition cleanse this week, right before my friends hold their annual Fourth of July barbecue. To prevent me from regretting my decision to “get healthy,” I’ve decided to put together a list of red, white and blue, health-conscious and yummy foods in hopes that they’ll lure me away from the Coney Island Smothered Hot Dogs and toward the fruits and veggies. Consider these healthy alternatives for your Independence Day bash, because you don’t have to get the meat sweats to eat patriotically. ‘MERICA! Fuck. Yeah.
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »
Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not here to try and make you like Negronis. This list is inspired by my last year of making drinks for Jessie Wakeman: Frisky writer, girly drinker par excellence, and my wife. I like mixing cocktails and I’ve always kept my home bar as well-stocked as money allowed. But when I moved in with Jessie, who doesn’t like the taste of alcohol at all, I had to switch up my game a bit to find drinks we could both get together on.
The two requirements for a “girly drink” are that it be at least a little sweet and that it smooths out the rough edges of the hard liquor. No shame in either of those goals, but you don’t need cake-flavoured vodkas or slushies that glow green to get there. Here’s a list of improved girly drinking options for a variety of boozing scenarios.
I cook the same dishes all the time, mostly because I like to stick to what’s easy. That being said, repetition leads to boredom, boredom leads to fast food, fast food leads to suffering. So I started using substitutions and fixes to make the same-old meals take new twists and develop flavors I didn’t mind eating over and over. Here are my top six fixes for new recipe revelations! Keep reading »
There is something wonderfully nostalgic about tater tots. Tater tots were the highlight of my school cafeteria lunches — nothing matched their crispy greasy goodness. These days, I prefer French fries, but these creative creations have me wanting to stock up and go to town…
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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GUYS. The “Game of Thrones” finale is THIS WEEKEND. How did the season go by this fast? Why must we wait another year until we get our fix of our favorite Westerosis?
OK, to be fair, I started binge-watching “Game of Thrones” in the beginning of April this year. I’ve been sadly skeptical of the show for the last four years, which I found out was a mistake as soon as I started watching. I’m so addicted that I binged the first three seasons over the course of two weeks and then, not being able to wait a week between episodes, started reading the Song of Ice and Fire series. I’m already halfway through book three. SAVE ME. Keep reading »
Turnips are by no means a glamorous food. They’re a hard root vegetable with a rough, bitter peel that you may only recognize from going to the farmer’s market, picking one up, and saying, “Damn, that is one ugly radish.” But listen up, people: turnips are SO GOOD when prepared correctly, they’re packed full of vitamins and minerals, and they’re a great potato alternative for anyone who’s watching their carb intake. Inspired by my Turnip Sandwich of Dreamz, here are 9 other delicious turnip recipes to convince you to give this humble tuber a try…