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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.

Cilantro Chicken Salad

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Cilantro Chicken Salad

Music and Food, that is where my memories are. This chicken salad has been on my mind and in my memory since last September. It. Was. That. Good!

The memory is tied up with meeting my online friend, Jessica, and adding a slew of new friends by way of Jessica. It also brings to mind that my previous job told me shortly before going on this trip that my job would be ending at the close of that month. Good times.

So confession time … I am a nerd but not in your typically brainy nerd fashion; I am a nerd that helps man message boards while also posting and creates fan sites. I have made great friends through this. Friends that I have actually met. I have also met my celebrity crushes du jour and actually co-hosted a fan event. I know crazy, like seriously cray cray. You should hear my Mom when I tell her what I am going to do and have done. She thinks I am touched in the head. I say she just doesn’t get the power of social media.

I went to NYC last September to finally meet Jessica for this thing called “CosmoCon”. CosmoCon is a fan initiative that just steamrolled. Fans of the Sirius XM Cosmo Radio Station decided to meet up and make a weekend of it in New York where subsequently the radio shows are hosted. I knew of Cosmo Radio and would listen when I would rent a car yet it was not an every day thing by no means. I wanted to meet up with my friend Jessica that I would chat with on the “board” (that’s the cool lingo, for message board) and Facebook. Let me just say, I had a great time (and I plan on doing it again this year). They made this stranger feel very welcomed and launched a new thing for me to get all nerd like about.

CosmoCon had a welcome reception with passed h’ordeuvres. One h’ordeuvre was this tasty Cilantro Chicken Salad that was served on a tortilla chip. It was delightful and delish! I wanted to be a pig and eat every single one and not share with others. I could have just have been hungry but I think it was just greed.

I am all about salads and fruit in the summer and this chicken salad is totally perfect for summer. The cilantro comes through with every bite. That bitter/smoky hit that is cilantro. This is my own recipe based on that memory since I didn’t ask for a recipe. It’s simple and easy; another staple for summer recipes. So I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do! Below you will find the recipe and a video that was taken during CosmoCon thanks to Tara the Foodie .

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Cilantro Chicken Salad
A Licious Original Recipe

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups skinless cooked chicken, (rotisserie chicken is my go to so this was half a rotisserie chicken for me)
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon of  a salt seasoning (like a seasoning salt)
2 teaspoons of sour cream
1/4 cup light or olive oil mayonnaise
juice of a half lime (approximately 1 Tablespoon)

Directions
Chop cilantro, onion, and garlic and set aside. Juice half a lime and set aside.

In a food processor add chicken, cilantro, onion, garlic, seasoning, sour cream, mayo, and lime juice (essentially add all ingredients into the food processor). Pulse food processor until mixed and chicken has been chunked. I like to get my chicken somewhat fine so it’s easier to place on bread or crackers.

Empty mixture from food processor into a bowl of your choice and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before eating, need to give it time to set up and marry.

Serving suggestions: Sandwich, wrap, with crackers, with pita chips, in a pita, or with tortilla chips.

 

Sweet Italian Pasta Salad

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Sweet Italian Pasta Salad

Ahhhhhhh, the summer holidays are just around the corner. You know what that means … cook outs and glorious get togethers and the age old question pops up …

“What are your bringing?”

Tell them you are bringing Sweet Italian Pasta Salad.

It’s a recipe that I perfected last year but never bothered to blog about it. It was gone before I could actually snap a photo – it’s like that sometimes. Just how I rolls.

This pasta salad is easy peasy, the preparation of the additions is what takes the most time in my opinion. It’s worth the effort I promise.

Simple, I am all about simple and this dish is simple.  Rotini pasta works well for this pasta salad since it captures the dressing in it’s spiral shape.  I combine some great things like fresh sweet corn (but canned corn works, too), orange peppers, grape tomatoes, spinach, blue cheese and the pièce de résistance, Marzetti’s Sweet Italian Dressing.

What the what? It’s exactly what the name applies, a sweetened Italian Dressing and it’s delish. Yes, this sugar lover would think it’s delicious. I haven’t tried making this superb pasta salad with any other dressings but if I would have to guesstimate … I think it would still be good. So don’t be afraid to explore!

Wishing all my readers a Happy Memorial Day and would like to thank all those who serve and protect our nation!

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Sweet Italian Pasta Salad
A Licious Original Recipe

Ingredients
4 cups of rotini pasta, cooked and drained (I used Barilla Whole Grain Rotini)
1 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 cup corn (either fresh or canned, if canned make sure to drain)*
1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup orange pepper, diced
1 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup Marzetti Sweet Italian Dressing

Directions
Cook pasta according to directions on box. While pasta is cooking prep your vegetables. Drain pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the veggies; spinach, corn, tomatoes, pepper, blue cheese and combine. Finally add the salad dressing to the mix until coated through out (Every bite should have a taste of dressing). Chill for at least 2 hours and serve with your favorite entree.

*If you decide to use canned corn, it does not have to be cooked before adding to the pasta however if your are using frozen or fresh corn be sure to cook!  I like to roast fresh corn in the oven.

“Corny” Salmon Tuna Cakes

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Corny Salmon Tuna Cake (1)

I have a new favey fave and it’s “Corny” Salmon Tuna Cakes! The title is a mouthful but what can you do?

Have you heard of Tasty Kitchen? It’s a community of cooks created by The Pioneer Woman; it’s pretty nifty. In my opinion there can never be to many social networks for cooks, it’s where recipes are shared and new ideas are born. Tasty Kitchen is where I stumbled upon this great dish. Craving Salmon Cakes but looking for a new way to make them, simply looking to be inspired. Inspired I was!

These cakes are flavorful and light; dare I say a perfect summer food. The corn and cheese compliments the salmon and tuna. While the touch of ranch seasoning gives the patty the needed oomph. The finish result is sublime! I can eat these bad boys every day … I kid you not however I don’t. I hope you will enjoy these “cakes” as much as my friends and I do!

Until Next Time!
Jennifer

Corny Salmon Tuna Cakes
Adapted from janabanana at tastykitchen

Ingredients
2 cans 6 Oz Each Of Boneless, Skinless Pink Salmon, drained and flaked

1 can 4.5 oz Albacore Tuna, drained and flaked

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/2 cup frozen or canned corn kernels, drained if canned

1/2 cup of Mayo(nnaise)

2 Tablespoons Ketchup

1 Tablespoon Dried Ranch Seasoning

1 large egg, beaten

1 Tablespoon of Olive oil

Directions

In a large mixing bowl add drained and flaked salmon and tuna, panko, cheese, and corn and mix until evenly distributed.  Next add mayo, ketchup, ranch seasoning, and beaten egg to the mixture and mix until incorporated.

Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the combination to “firm” up (After making these several times refrigerating makes the mixture easier to work with in my opinion).

After refrigerating take the mixture and form patties and set aside.  Next, in a frying pan add oil and let it get hot.  Add patties to the oil cooking approximately 4 to 5 minutes on each side.

Serving suggestion:  make it a “burger” and serve on a potato roll with fresh spinach and sliced tomatoes topped with an herb mayonnaise.

Barbecue Chicken Salad

From a previous posting you know that I have a deep abiding love for Barbecue sauce so this posting should not be a shocker.   Today I bring you Barbecue Chicken Salad!!!  Forget boring old Chicken Salad and hop aboard its counterpart Barbecue Chicken Salad!

Choo Choo!

I never knew chicken salad could taste this good until I took a bite of this piece of manna from heaven.  Barbecue Chicken Salad is great by itself, as a sandwich, with crackers, on toast points, fruit …. It is just yums!

Never thought about Barbecue Chicken Salad if I had never worked for Kroger’s Grocery Store but I did and the thought was conceptualized – so thank you Kroger’s.  To make this Barbecue Chicken Salad I recommend a thick, sweet, and savory type of Barbecue Sauce.  I used Jack Daniel’s Honey Smokehouse instead of my beloved Canadian Club Honey Garlic since I am getting low on the sauce. I hope you will enjoy this dish as much as I do – it really is a perfect summer dish!

Barbecue Chicken Salad
4 cups of chicken breast, chopped
½ cup green peppers, diced
½ cup Vidalia Onion, diced
¼ teaspoon chopped garlic
½ cup low fat mayonnaise
¾ cup Barbecue Sauce
1 teaspoon of low fat sour cream
2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
dash of salt and pepper

Directions: In a large mixing bowl add all ingredients and mix with a spoon until thoroughly combined.  (I would recommend preparing a day ahead in order to allow all the ingredients to marry and have a fantastic union.)

I told you it was simple! Until next time …