School lunches. Are you ready for them? Well today I want you to think past the old standby of peanut butter and jelly (which I love). And I want you to take a walk past the deli counter (and keep on walking). Today I want you to consider chicken salad. Chicken salad is one of the most versatile lunch options around. It is so much more than just a mayonnaise laden sandwich filling. It’s a blank canvas just waiting to be filled with anything that your creativity and taste buds can imagine.
I love veggies, and among my favorite is broccolini. Broccolini is not baby broccoli, instead it is a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese kale created back in the 1990’s. This is NOT some genetic engineering product. It is a product of slow cross pollination efforts – that’s what all hybrid plants are.
On a foodie level, this time of the year is a little bitter sweet. While I am ready to say goodbye to the long, cold winter, I am hesitant to say goodbye to my fall and winter cooking. My dinged up, decades old stock pot receives plenty of love and use over the course of those six months. So many hearty, heart-warming, slow-cooked soups, sauces, and family favorites have emerged from it. Their scents have filled our home and taken the chill from the air. They’ve put the comfort in food.
I go food shopping once every two weeks. It’s a plan that has helped our family stay within our budget. But as we near day 12, 13, or 14, we find that our supply of food dwindles rapidly. We are often at bare bones, and sometimes, I need to get creative with meals to use up what we have on hand. My kids often joke that those throw-together-whatever-is-in-the-fridge meals are often the best.
My family loves the winter, but living in the Northeast sometimes means cold and occasionally bone chilling temperatures. My husband works outside nearly all day. When he arrives home, thoroughly chilled to the core, there is little that hits the spot better than a hearty, piping hot bowl of soup.