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Archive for October 25, 2012

TIP OF THE DAY: Chicken Caesar Salad Alternative

The Chicken Caesar is one of America’s most popular salads: grilled chicken and romaine topped with an olive oil dressing and grated Parmesan cheese.

Chicken and cheese are a delightful combination. So here’s a different spin on the classic Caesar: Switch out the Parmesan for another flavorful cheese.

The idea comes from Landana, which makes a delicious Olives & Tomatoes Gouda cheese. The Gouda is flecked with sun-ripened tomatoes and mild olives, Mediterranean flavors that are delicious with chicken.

You can also use blue cheese, pepper jack and flavored Cheddars like those from Cabot Cheese (Chipotle, Garlic Herb, Hand Rubbed Tuscan, Horseradish, Hot Buffalo Wing, Hot Habanero, Smoky Bacon and Tomato Basil, plus Jalapeño Light and Pepper Jack Light).

CHICKEN & CHEESE SALAD RECIPE

Preparation time: 20 min minutes
Servings: 4

 

For a change, switch out the Parmesan in a Chicken Caesar Salad. Photo courtesy Landana Cheese.

 

In addition to changing cheees, this recipe adds grapes and nuts/seeds.
Ingredients

  • 5.3 ounces (150 g) Landana Olives & Tomatoes cheese or other flavor-packed semihard cheese, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 12 ounces (200 g) grilled chicken breast
  • 7 ounces (200 g) seedless grapes, halved
  • 5 ounces (150 g) nuts and seeds (for example, chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts), toasted
  • 2.6 ounces (75 g) romaine, butter lettuce or mixed lettuces, cleaned and torn into bite size pieces
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    For The Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
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    Preparation

    1. GRILL. Cut the chicken breasts into strips and grill in a grill pan.

    2. TOAST. Toast the nut mixture briefly (how to toast nuts).

    3. MIX. Mix the dressing ingredients.

    4. COMBINE. Combine the lettuce, chicken, cheese, grapes and nuts into a serving bowl. Toss with the dressing.

    The Caesar Salad was named after the restaurateur who created it. What would you call this salad?

    Serving Suggestions

    BREAD. This salad is delicious with fresh Italian ciabatta bread and (homemade) tapenade.

    WINE. Serve this salad with a refreshing rosé or a crisp white wine.

    CAESAR SALAD HISTORY

    Here’s the true story about the origin of the Caesar Salad, and the original Caesar Salad recipe.

      

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    EVENT: Kids Food Festival: November 3rd & 4th

    Kids will discover that healthful foods are exciting. Image courtesy Kids Food Festival.

     

    It’s tough to get kids to establish healthful eating habits. Aside from all the media messages, there’s peer pressure and the ubiquity of not-good-for-you food and beverage choices.

    But what if good eating could be presented as a fun activity? That’s what Cricket Azima, kids food expert and founder of The Creative Kitchen, thought when she designed the Kids Food Festival.

    Now in its second year, in partnership with Cooking Light, the festival is a weekend full of flavorful fun held in Manhattan’s Bryant Park (42nd Street and Avenue Of The Americas) on November 3rd and 4th, 2012.

    WHAT IS THE KIDS FOOD FESTIVAL?

    The Kids Food Festival is a celebration to educate families about making balanced food choices. This helps to create wholesome lifelong eating habits for both kids and parents.

     

    The mission is to combat childhood obesity by engaging families in fun food activities, tastings and exciting family-friendly programming.

    The weekend-long event offers a host of family-friendly activities including cooking classes, food demonstrations, live entertainment, the Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt for kids, food sampling, giveaways and more. General admission to the event is free and open to the public.

    Cooking Classes For Kids

    Some of New York’s top chefs will provide hands-on cooking classes for kids at The James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion, including Ellie Krieger, Jehangir Mehta, Sam Talbot, Patricio Sandoval and Katie Workman. Classes are $25 per child with a portion of the proceeds benefiting FoodCorps, a nationwide team of leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Tickets can be purchased here.

    WANT A KIDS FOOD FESTIVAL IN YOUR AREA?

    If you’re not in the New York Area, the Kids Food Festival can come to you. Contact @CricketAzima on Twitter or use the Contact Us form on the Festival website for information.

    You can follow the festival on Twitter @KidsFoodFestNYC and on Facebook and the Festival’s website.

      

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