Summer Salad, Herb Bread, and Author Interview

It’s summer.  And that means it’s hot, there’s lots to do, both at work,  in the garden, and general housework.  We need quick, easy meals that are light, but filling, and allow us to get back to our day, or if we’re lucky, a good book!

These recipes are from my favorite cooking magazine, Simple and Delicious, and I vouch that they’ll live up to both!

Also, I’m completely thrilled to be the feature writer interviewed over at M. E. Anders’ blog.  If you haven’t read Mindi Anders’ blog, you’re simply missing out.  She is the go to gal for all things suspenseful, with a focus on cult history and she’s writing a new series on just that.  She is much more tech saavy than myself and has fun podcasts and movie reviews, and every tuesday she features a new writer or reader in a fun interview that you can participate in too!  Please stop by Mindi’s and see her interview with me and check out her awesome blog!

Chicken and Berry Salad: From Sheri Abernathy, Lemont, Illinois

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

6 cups torn romaine

6 cups torn red leaf lettuce

1 pint fresh blueberries

1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced

2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 cup chopped walnuts

Prep: 15 minutes + marinating  Grill:  10 minutes  Yield: 9 servings

In a large bowl, whisk the first six ingredients.  Pour 3/4 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add the chicken.  Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate overnight.  Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.

Drain and discard marinade.  Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 5-8 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.  Cut into strips.

In a large bowl, combine the lettuces, blueberries, strawberries, cheese, and walnuts.  Add reserved marinade; toss to coat.  Top with sliced chicken.

Blue Cheese Herb Loaf: From Janet Allen, Sarasota, Florida

1 tube (12 oz.) refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits

2 Tbsp butter, melted

2 Tbsp crumpled blue cheese

1 Tbsp dried minced onion

2 tsp dried parsley flakes

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp dried tarragon

1 tsp minced chives

1/2 tsp celery seed

1/2 tsp dried oregano

Prep: 15 minutes  Bake: 20 minutes  Yield: 1 loaf

Separate biscuits; cut each into quarters.  Arrange into an 11-inch long loaf on a greased baking sheet.  In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients ; brush over loaf.

Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Summer is short.  Don’t spend it all in the kitchen!  There’s more books and blogs to read.  😉

19 responses

  1. Very fun interview congrats!

    1. Thanks for checking it out! Send a shout out to Mindi if you’re interested in being featured too!

  2. The bread looks delicious, Jess. Thanks for the recipe. And the interview was very telling and in-depth and well done.
    I always look forward to your posts.

    1. Thank you so much Patti. I appreciate you and other regular commenters; it really makes my day, and is a HUGE reason I continue to do this. Thank you thank you thank you for the support!

  3. If you want a meal that is quick, easy and filling, why are you dissing SPAM so hard? Hello! You couldn’t ask for anything quicker, easier OR more filling!

    Notice I didn’t say light, though. I’m sure it’s not that.

    I’ll be trying out the blue cheese herb bread, I suspect. It’s right up my alley…

    1. We’ve been through this Mark. Madge will never let me live it down if I blog about bologna and SPAM. I just can’t do it. I refuse.

    2. Mark, she is very weak, having just given up the bologna. It’s not healthy for her to be around other mystery meats so soon.

      1. OMG ROTFL

  4. It looks yummy. And no bologna strings.

    I enjoyed the interview.

    1. Mark’s trying to get me to try SPAM! Make him stop, Madge!

  5. Thanks for dropping by the blog for that fun interview, Jess! 🙂

    1. Thank you for the interview, Mindi! I love love LOVE your author interview posts, so many amazing people, it was fun to be included amongst them!

  6. Love these recipes, they look fantastic! I’m going to have to go shopping today and try these out. Thanks for sharing them with us Jess.

    1. I love how simple they were.

  7. The salad sounds really good…I might try the bread by adding the seasonings to real bread dough (I don’t do packaged biscuits!)…thanks, Jess!


    1. I bet that’ll be even better cause homemade bread tastes amazing!

  8. It turned out well. 🙂 Can I have some?

    1. All I have left is a few lone strawberries. In the fridge, on the right, help yourself.

  9. Tried this tonight. It was every bit as good as I’d hoped!!

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