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Watermelon Limeade

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Watermelon Limeade | Licious Food  #Drinks #Beverage  #ThirstyThursdays

It’s THURSDAY, YAYYYYYY!

It’s almost the weekend and it’s time for a new feature on this lovely blog entitled Thirsty Thursdays.

So the plan, my friend, is to feature a drink each Thursday. It can be alcoholic and then again it could be non-alcoholic. Could be cold or hot. It’s Thirsty Thursdays… so who cares?! If it’s a drink then I shall blog about it … on Thursday. Have I said “thirsty” and “Thursday” enough? I think I did.

So what is the first drink for this new and exciting series? Watermelon Limeade. It’s so good that it had to be blogged. It’s been a drink idea that has been churning in my head since I attended the awesomely great, Eat Write Retreat food blogger conference. I was lucky enough to be a volunteer and learned so much. It also made me passionate about blogging again along with validating the thoughts running around in my mind. I am still composing that particular post. So as soon as it’s ready it will be posted on the blog.

Well, at the conference I was introduced to this great tasting sparkling mineral water – Gerolsteiner. Truly marvelous. I don’t like sparkling mineral water. I think it is disgusto. It tastes just blah. Gerolsteiner changed that thought. I actually think I could give up soda … back that up. Yes, I said it, I could actually give up soda if I had Gerolsteiner to drink. I am quite amazed with myself with that revelation.

Another sponsor of Eat Write Retreat was National Watermelon Promotion Board.  I love watermelon.  I could it eat every day.  For realsies.   The entire weekend during the conference I feasted on some of the best watermelon.   It was fantastic!

Now, both of these are amazingly awesome all on it’s own but what if they were combined with the combination of lime. Knock – OUT!

I love a good limeade but I usually head to Sonic to partake.  I never bothered to try and make it and now I think I might be hooked.   It might be my drink of summer 2013.  Fast tip – make sure you have no type of nicks/cuts on your hand when squeezing many acidity limes (or lemons) if using a manual juicer. OUCH!

Until Next Time,

Watermelon Limeade
Adapted from Delilah Winder’s Limeade from Delilah’s Every Day Soul

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients
6 Limes, juiced
2 1/2 cups Sparkling spring water
1 cup watermelon, pureed
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions
Combine hot water and sugar and stir until combined; should resemble a syrup – no sugar crystals should remain.
Juice limes and pour into a pitcher. Add watermelon puree and sugar water aka simple syrup and stir.
Finally add the sparkling spring water, give a slight stir, and then proceed to serve in glass over ice.

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Salad

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Salad| Licious Food


Are you a browser in the grocery store? I totally am. I could roam around the store taking a look at this and that. Adding new products to my cart and acting like I have no where to be … which could be because I don’t have anywhere to be. This is your heads up 7Up; if you want to get in and out of a grocery store – don’t take me.

Little known fact: I have been grocery shopping by myself since I have been about 10 or 11. Long story but needless to say I love grocery stores.

Another reason to grocery shop — the potential to meet my Mr. Gosling-Vartan- Walker-Rheon-Reynolds. I am single and not really ready to mingle but I hear from all the 1001 magazine articles that the grocery store is a great place to meet a man. Uh-huh.

Anywho, on one of my excursions I was in my favorite aisle, condiments, and these new sandwich spreads from Hidden Valley Ranch caught my eye. I instantly grabbed the Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sandwich Spread and Dip. The idea was to add it to my burgers to make it sang – which it did.

However, what am I to do with this stuff when not using it for burgers? So the brain starts churning and the idea comes to add some of this goodness to some chicken salad I was making.

It was dang delicious! “DANG DELICIOUS,” I’m telling you! It upped the flavor factor in my chicken salad and had me coming back for seconds, thirds, fourths, and fifths. Yeah, I kind of ate it all in a matter of a day.

I love chicken salad. As you can see with this being the third recipe I have for some type of chicken salad. It’s a great go to dish in the hot months. Great as a sandwich or paired with fruits or topped on a bed of mixed greens. Chicken salad is also simple to make. It’s a 30 minute meal or less with the help of precooked chicken. Grocery store Rotisserie Chicken is my weapon of choice.

By the by, I was not compensated or sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch for this post. I simply love grocery store browsing and shopping.

Until Next Time,

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Salad
“A Licious Food Original”

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients
4 cups rotisserie chicken breast, finely chopped
1/4 cup green onions/scallions, sliced
1/4 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sandwich Spread & Dip
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
Dash of cayenne pepper

Directions
In a medium to large bowl add finely chopped (aka using food processor and pulsing about 10 to 12 times) chicken breast, sliced green onions, HVR Garlic Parmesan spread, lemon juice, mayonnaise, lemon pepper seasoning, and cayenne pepper.

Mix all items together until fully blended/incorporated with a mixing spoon. Wrap bowl and let mixture refrigerate for at least 15 minutes and serve.

The longer you let it refrigerate the better it is … if you can wait that long. Serve chicken salad with your favorite crackers, pita chips, bread, fruit …