August 12, 2009

Whole Food's Sonoma Chicken Salad

Since I volunteer at the Whole Foods cooking school nearby, I have gotten to experience many of their yummy recipes firsthand. They even post some of their in-store recipes on their website. I really love the Sonoma Chicken Salad and have made it on numerous occasions. My only problem is I like chicken salad in the summer and who wants to turn on their oven in summertime?  My solution to this problem is to microwave the chicken breasts. They are moist and fully cooked without upping your A/C bill. Don't knock it til you try it.

August 1, 2009

Cherry Pie

Is there anything more summery and delicious than cherry pie? Mom's birthday is in June so we made her a cherry pie complete with lattice top.  I really love Martha Stewart, so I adapted her recipe here...Sweet Cherry Pie.  I buy lots of cherries when they are in season (when I was a kid we had a cherry tree, so I developed my obsession early on) and then pit them and freeze them for winter cobblers too.  You MUST have a good pitter to make this task easier.  I have a great sturdy aluminum one by Westmark Kernex that I love.  You have to pit the cherries in a deep sink, because there is definitely dark red spray that goes everywhere and my fingers are red for a day afterwards, but it is sooooo worth it.  The pitter is so easy, my 5 year old can operate it and the 3 year old takes the stems off.  It's a family event!  Oh, and don't even get me started on how easy it is to dehydrate them and so much cheaper than store bought!!


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