Fill you up and cool you down curried chicken salad

Temperatures are holding steady at above 90°F (30°C) day after day, broken up occasionally by torrential but all too brief summer showers that push humidity levels up from tolerable to unbearable. Taking more than 15 minutes to cook a meal is quite simply a gargantuan effort. Quick foods are the  order of the day. Quick, filling, flavorful and most importantly cooling! This salad is best when made ahead of time and refrigerated overnight.

Prep time:  10 min | Total time: 5 minutes to make &  3 – 9 hours refrigeration time | Servings: 4 – 6

Curried Chicken Salad (by Jay)

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Show-but-don’t tell gumbo

Gumbo with snow crab, king crab, chicken, shrimp & sausage (Jay & Sammie)

My astrological prediction for January 2011 could have been summed up in a sentence. “Busy until interrupted by a snowstorm before returning to hectic.” The trend continues in February and  my backlog of “intended” posts from over the holidays is piling up like the cold white stuff piling up further North. Good Gumbo eating weather if you have the foresight to stock up on your grocery and seafood well before the storm hits. Read more of this post

Buttery black pepper glazed wings for my nose (or is it nodh)

I’m still in a slightly disoriented but happy post holiday haze, about time I start logging recipes in my recipe box after that wonderful and extended holiday break with family who were visiting from out-of-town. Bits and pieces of me are still reluctantly floating back from the holiday zone. The weather here in Atlanta has been bits of this and pieces of that. Sunny and in the 70s one day of the week, crisp and pleasant the next, plummeting back down to the 40s and monstrously gray and wet on the fourth day. It hasn’t been ideal weather for my sinus or Sammie’s. We’ve relied on a little help from the local pharmacy, a lot of hearty soup, the odd nightly nip of hot toddy and heaping helpings of black pepper to keep our heads clear. One of the yummier ways we get our black pepper fix is with these buttery double pepper glazed wings. I can’t have too much pepper in them so I’m generous with the ground pepper and the pepper sauce the quantities listed below are to be taken with a pinch of salt and a big dash of pepper.

Prep time: 5 min | Total time: 35 min | Servings: 3 – 4

Buttery Black Pepper Wings (Jay)

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