Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sneaky Little Recipe

There are some favorite recipes that just kind of sneak up on you.  You know what I mean, those dishes that you make again and again without thinking about measurements or instructions but they seem to be one of the rotating favorites you can count on.  That's what I call a "Go-To" recipe.  And that is exactly how my Go-To Chicken Salad came to be.

In my house, chicken salad was usually on the dinner menu on a very busy day when I didn't feel like getting a lot of pots dirty and I didn't feel like making a mess on the stove (yes, I have those days too ).  I especially loved making a big batch of it so it would be enough for dinner that night and lunch the next day.

But I never really considered it a recipe.  That is, until one Monday morning.  Patrick and I had just finished our breakfast and I asked if he had any dinner requests for the week ahead.  (Of course, I have now learned to ask that question when he has an empty stomach because he never seems to think of anything when he's full) But that morning he said, "Well, I really like your chicken salad."  So naturally, I....

PANICKED!  Inside I'm thinking, "what do you mean, my chicken salad."  I never remembered what I put in it.  I just made it how I liked it.  I just added things until it tasted good.  In one moment, a quick and easy dinner that I had never given much attention to became Patrick's dinner request?  But you know what, he did have a point- it was good. And come to think of it, I secretly looked forward to chicken salad leftovers in the fridge. Hmmm... maybe it was time to write it down.

So, here it is.  My Go-To Chicken Salad.  
A favorite recipe of mine that I never knew I loved  :)

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