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Crockpot Pulled Chicken with Crunchy Slaw

Crockpot Pulled Chicken with Crunchy Slaw  Football does not excite me. Watching guys who are paid millions of dollars to dress in tight outfits and run around a field tackling other guys does not excite me. A game that turns 5 minutes into 20 minutes and makes me wait to watch The Amazing Race does not excite me. You wanna know what does excite me? Cheesy dips, spicy chicken wings, salty chips and peanut butter brownies shaped like little footballs. That’s right, the truth is out…I like football food. And I’m not alone. I recently read that in terms of food consumption the Super Bowl ranks third, behind only Thanksgiving and Christmas! I guess there’s something about this game that really makes us hungry. Crockpot Pulled Chicken with Crunchy Slaw I’m all about any excuse to have friends over for eating and sharing good food so naturally the Super Bowl is my kind of thing. Never mind the fact that I can’t follow the game, don’t know which team belongs to which city and couldn’t tell you the names of any of the players if my life depended on it. It doesn’t matter because I’m really only in it for the food. Every year we have few people over for a Super Bowl gathering. I like to keep it small because that way everyone has a comfy place to sit and also it’s a bit more conducive to eating an actual meal rather than just stuffing ourselves with appetizers and desserts. Alright, maybe the truth is that we have a meal and we stuff ourselves with appetizers and desserts. It’s okay though because it’s the Super Bowl and that’s what we do. Even though this favorite day of gluttony is still more than a week away I figured it wouldn’t hurt to brush up on one of my favorite game day dishes. Crockpot Chicken with Crunchy SlawThe best way to describe this Crockpot Chicken Sandwich is that it’s like pulled pork without the pork. After slowly simmering the chicken thighs until the meat is falling off the bone you mix it with a boldly flavored home made barbeque sauce packed with spice, sweet and plenty of tang. If that isn’t enough flavor, you then top the whole thing with a crunchy cabbage, carrot and apple slaw and serve it inside a whole wheat roll. Yup, that’s right… you put the coleslaw inside the sandwich. Trust me when I tell you how incredible this is. It’s not just the flavor – smoky sweet meets tangy fresh- but the texture of the crisp cabbage and apples combined with the melt-in-your mouth chicken that makes this sandwich so truly amazing. You don’t need a football game to make this recipe, but when you have a football game- you need this recipe! This is a great meal to make for a crowd because it serves 8 people, but even if you are only 4 (or 2 like us) make the whole thing anyway. Believe me…you will be glad you did  the next day when you’re feasting on the leftovers.

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Mixed Greens with Grapefruit, Avocado & Citrus Vinaigrette


I think I have a grapefruit problem. Seriously. Right now we have seven grapefruits in our house…yes, seven. Why so many you ask? Well, I would love to say that I am lucky enough to live somewhere warm and have a lovely little grapefruit tree in my backyard, but the truth is nothing like that. Side note: it’s 9º outside right now- a bit chilly for grapefruits I would say. So, since I am not plucking them from my backyard, why would I willingly go out and purchase seven at one time?TAW13698 I wouldn’t, I swear. Okay…maybe I did buy a few, but only four or so. They were on sale, and I mean really on sale, for like .79 each!  So I buy a few grapefruits, we eat some and I buy a few more. Then Christmas comes and Santa leaves them in the bottom of stockings (he does this every year…coming from the north pole and all he knows where it’s at – us northerners need our vitamin C in the winter). Just when I thought we might manage to eat them all- we even had grapefruit for dessert one night- my mom gave me four more that my grandmother sent from Florida. Ahhh…grapefruit are taking over my kitchen!TAW13664
I know, I know, this is really not the worst problem one could have and I shouldn’t be complaining. Actually, all kidding aside, I am not complaining because I really like grapefruit. I am generally a fan of anything that has a tanginess to it, and I am also in favor of really juicy fruits (like peaches that dribble down your chin when you take a bite) so grapefruits are right up my alley. The problem is that there seems to be a limit to how many ways you can eat a grapefruit. You really can’t bake with them, unless you just use the juice but that seems wasteful. You can’t make a stew out of them, or throw them in stir fry or soup. After wracking my brain for awhile I decided that since grapefruit are best eaten in their natural and raw form, that is peeled and sliced, I would add them to the dish that celebrates this very culinary style- salad.TAW13739
Hmm…but what else goes with a grapefruit that would be good in salad? Avocado! And how about a bit of spicy chicken for protein. Drizzle with grapefruit and lemon vinaigrette and accompany with a thick piece of bread topped with melted cheese, and there you have it – a complete grapefruit meal.TAW13771
I choose to keep this salad pretty simple on purpose. I really wanted the grapefruit to be the center of the dish and I didn’t want to clutter it up with lots of other ingredients. I thought about adding chunks of sweet red pepper, thin slices of cucumber and red onion, or a bit of crumbled feta cheese. But in the end I stuck with just mixed greens, avocado, chicken and grapefruit. Maybe you like your salad more crowded than me though… go ahead it’s okay, add whatever you want because in the end it’s the vinaigrette that really steals the show. TAW13743
We had to keep eating salad for days just so we could consume more of this awesome vinaigrette. I think I need to make another batch just to keep around the house. Good thing I have plenty grapefruits.TAW13708


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Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie

Pot Pie
What’s the best part of the day after Thanksgiving? The memories of a day filled with good food and even better company? The black Friday deals that you slogged out at midnight to score? How about the LEFTOVERS? No matter how much you stuffed yourself yesterday, and even if you had to unbutton your pants at the table and swore you would never eat again, come Friday morning you will inevitably be dreaming of turkey sandwiches smothered in leftover mashed potatoes and dripping with gravy. Or pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream, or Aunt Sally’s fluffy homemade biscuits smeared with cranberry sauce. Oh yum, I am getting hungry all over again! In my opinion though, the ultimate leftover meal has got to be pot pie. You can use leftover turkey, throw in whatever vegetables you have, and maybe even top it with leftover rolls. I know, I know, you spent all day yesterday cooking and the last thing you want to do is make an elaborate pot pie. But wait…making a pot pie doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. I’ve been making variations of this recipe for years and it’s rare that it takes much more than an hour to make, cooking time included. The beauty of the pot pie is just how versatile it is. The basic ingredients are chicken or turkey and vegetables. That’s it. While I am partial to potatoes, carrots, celery and peas, I have been known to add sweet potatoes, parsnip, turnip, various kinds of squash, broccoli, or green beans. Basically, use what you have or what you like, even if it’s just a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. I hate to brag, but I am a bit famous for my pot pie. It could be because I make a mean pot pie superior to all others, but I think the real reason is because I actually make pot pie. Well, I am here to tell you right now that you too can make a pot pie. Slice up some of that leftover turkey, mix in some veggies and whip up a biscuit topping. You will be pleasantly surprised by just how easy it is. Happy leftover day everyone.TAW71907


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