I’ve gotten into the habit of cooking a chicken in the crock pot on Sundays. Cooking it in the crockpot is easy (and doesn’t require the oven – it is still hot in Southern California!) and creates delicious, flavorful and really easy shredded chicken.

I’ve been eating buffalo chicken salads, curried chicken salads and plain chicken in my current favorite salad: greens + cucumber + chicken + avocado + hemp seeds + balsamic vinaigrette. There are endless ways to use shredded chicken – here are some of my favorites:

What do you make with shredded chicken? 

summer appetizer, appetizer recipes summer, easy summer appetizer, summer party foods

summer crostini

Otherwise known as pesto goat cheese with fresh tomatoes on….crostini. I thought the latter was a little long. Few things scream summer like garden-fresh tomatoes and flavorful pesto. And few things taste as good as summer tomatoes and pesto made from a fresh bunch of basil. Or you know, pesto from a jar – sometimes

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4th of july recipes, 4th of july food

fourth of july food

Hello Everyone! Happy fourth of july week! It is kind of a weird work week for me – and I suspect many of you too. Work a bit, take a break, work a bit more and then another weekend is here! I’m not quite sure what our plans are quite yet, but I’m hoping it

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salmon7final

salmon tartare

My second shipment of Copper River Salmon arrived last week and let me just say – I wish salmon season was year-round. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had salmon so fresh and so delicious. Even though I’ve always wanted to make a fish tartare – I’ve always been a little apprehensive. Partly because my

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easy entertaining ideas, entertaining ideas

easy entertaining ideas

I absolutely love entertaining, having and attending parties, and making appetizers. Eating the appetizers tops the list as well, of course! I always go for cocktail parties because I love the idea of mingling and little bites of food. (I’m going to pretend that if we had a dining table that could fit a meal

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avocado recipes, recipes with avocados

basil & feta avocado spread

I can’t give up avocados. Not just yet. Last week my life changed with a simple little sandwich of whole grain bread + avocado + parmesan – broiled and topped with a fried egg. Thanks to reader Kelli for the suggestion – it is a combination worth trying! But as much as I loved that sandwich,

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kale and artichoke dip

kale & artichoke dip

This fall I had my first experience with creamed kale. It was amazing. And life changing. I’ve always been a big fan of kale (raw, cooked, as a chip, etc.) but this took it to a whole new level. Since my first bite, I’ve wanted to add some artichokes to it, bake it until bubbly

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