In Which We Get a Toaster

We had some of a precooked lemon pepper chicken left over from Ralph’s after making all that soup, and I as hate to waste any food (but also as we hadn’t really gone shopping again since we had so much leftover soup), I decided to make Mom’s Chicken Salad. Literally. This is my mother’s recipe for chicken salad. And it’s really easy and really delicious. AND, on top of all that, we got to use the newest addition to our family of kitchen appliances, our toaster!

Black & Decker TRO480 Toaster Oven

Black & Decker TRO480 Toaster Oven, $29.99 (Orig. $44.99)

My lovely neighbors gave the Boy and I this toaster oven as a Christmas gift, and we LOVE it. First off, I grew up with a pop-up toaster, but I’ve always wanted a toaster oven since toast is good, but if you can put the butter and the cheese on the toast and then make it melt all over everything, it’s even better. (Ooh, speaking of which, I totally need to make CHOCOLATE toast. It’s happening.)

Second of all, living without a microwave or a toaster (still no microwave, we’re working on that one) made the oven our only food-heating appliance – and even though I realize the toaster oven is just a mini-oven, making toast in an oven just seems like so much more work. Call me lazy.

We gave our toaster a home in a little latticed cupboard which just so happens to have an outlet in it, so it’s also a secret toaster (and saves counter space). These lattice touches are one of the things I love most about our apartment:

Toaster in Cupboard

Our toaster’s home.

We inaugurated the toaster by toasting a couple of delicious pieces of whole wheat sourdough bread (thanks TJ’s) to serve the chicken salad on – yum yum!

Mom's Chicken Salad

Mom’s Chicken Salad – SO good.

Chicken Salad
From Julie Perron

This simple chicken salad is one of those recipes you can adjust completely to suit your taste – more or less salt and pepper, different flavors of pre-cooked chicken, more or less grapes, a bigger or smaller chop on the celery – the possibilities are endless! The crunch of the celery and the sweetness of the grapes make this what it is – when I was little, I always use to save all the grapes and eat them at the very end!

Yield: 4-6 Servings

1 pre-cooked whole chicken [flavored – BBQ or lemon pepper, for example – is great!]
Red grapes
Celery, chopped
Mayonnaise
Salt and pepper

Take all the chicken off and cut or tear into bite size pieces and put into a bowl. Add red grapes and chopped celery – not too much: for one chicken, maybe two celery stalks.  Add mayonnaise and some salt and pepper to taste. Voila!

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