Big money! No Whammies!
Ok, so it’s respectable money. Enough to not burden the family coffers for incidentals like: *Bob’s natural blonde maintenance (I need to call and reschedule that), mani-pedi days – usually in conjunction with Bob’s magical chemical concoction, shoes, booze, and oh yeah, this other little side sumpin’ sumpin’ we call writing.
It’s no secret we are foodies here at SSS, and I’m blessed enough to get paid on occasion for it. This week it’s the DCCW – Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Spring meeting being hosted in our parish, and I got the catering gig.
The kitchen has been a flurry of chopping and roasting and processing…oh my!
Not Your Momma’s Chicken Salad Sandwich
Fresh Fruit & Gourmet Potato Chips
Salted Caramel Brownie Trifle**
Chicken Salad from The Peach Tree Tea Room Cookbook***
4 cups cubed cooked chicken
8 celery ribs, finely diced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 finely diced yellow onion – I omit this ingredient
1/4 cup capers, undrained
1/2 cup Peach Tree Herb Mayo (see recipe)
1/2 cup GOOD mayo – NOT salad dressing
Place everything in a bowl, toss lightly to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Best if made the day before.
Makes 8, 1/3 cup or 6, 1/2 cup generous portions.
Peach Tree Herb Mayo
1/2 cup fresh parsley – I prefer flat leaf Italian, but curly works fine
1 green onion
1/4 tsp minced garlic – maybe a bit more in KB’s version
3 whole eggs
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar – regular white will do in a pinch
1 1/2 tsp whole grain or Dijon mustard
Dash of Tabasco – again, more in my version but not too much!
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dill weed
2 1/4 cups oil – I use light olive oil, canola or vegetable is fine
- Combine everything except oil in a food processor or blender. Process until chopped fine and well blended.
- With machine running, SLOWLY add oil, allowing the mayo to thicken as the oil is added
Refrigerate. This keeps for a few weeks and is great on salads, as a veggie dip, and on burgers & sandwiches
For the brownie trifle, any brownie recipe will do. My personal favorite is Duncan Heinz Original Supreme, CC Cedras has an outstanding GF brownie. Salted caramel sauce is easy peasy, but you have to pay attention! This my was my first ever batch of this sauce and it worked perfectly.
Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup granulated sugar
6 Tbsp butter, cut up
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp salt – I added a little more to my personal taste
For detailed instructions with photos, please go to Sally’s Baking Addiction.
All of these recipe were easily doubled, tripped or quadrupled with no alterations to measurements. Everything can be adapted for a gluten free diet. Let me know if you try them. Enjoy!
*Bob is my longtime hairdresser and he is a master of color.
**Thank you to my dear friends and cohorts for the finishing touch on dessert
***The Peach Tree Tea Room, Fredricksburg, Texas