Chicken Salad with Lemon-Curry Dressing

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This is a simple solution to lunch or dinner and one that everyone will love. The fact that its on the lighter side is a little lagniappe.  This salad made from lean chicken breasts, apples and dried cranberries, tossed in a lemon-curry dressing will be a hit and something you can throw together with no-angst.

Chicken Salad with Lemon-Curry Dressing
Chicken Salad with Lemon-Curry Dressing

 

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Sensation Salad

Sensation Salad on a white platter with salad tongs

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The list of culinary “musts” when you visit Louisiana is long-poboys, Muffalettas and beignets are just the tip of the gastronomical iceberg. Maybe not as familiar as some of the other iconic dishes, there’s one that doesn’t have anything to do with roux or gravy or fried seafood or any of those wonderful things. In fact, it’s a salad-yep, a salad, but one that’s so sensational, it’s called the Sensation Salad.  The first time I ate one, I was hooked.  This is a special treat and a genuine signature of Louisiana cuisine.

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Brussels Sprouts Slaw

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Brussels Sproutsmaybe they’re not as polarizing as cilantro, but let’s face it, lots of people don’t love ’em.

Brussels Sprouts Cole Slaw

The cilantro hatred can get heated, with many people flatly stating they hate it but those that don’t hate it usually love it, there’s rarely any ambivalence. But when it comes to Brussels Sprouts, many people simply put it on the “I don’t like it” list but rarely want to get physical about it. I suspect that many times the cabbage-like perfume and the unique appearance lands the poor misunderstood veggie on the no-fly list without even giving it a chance. While cilantro may be the culinary serial killer, Brussels Sprouts are more like the ugly cousin of veggiedom. Given half a chance, I’m certain that many naysayers would be surprised how approachable it is. And since we’re always trying to impress with new and unique side dishes, Brussels’ flexibility may be just the thing you need to impress that snooty foodie who thinks you can’t cook anything at all. Who needs that angst, so, let’s dress up that ugly cousin and bring her to the prom…after all, she probably can’t get another date. Continue reading “Brussels Sprouts Slaw”