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Oh, where; oh, where did my recipe go?

Kathy Lilje • Feb 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Oh, where; oh, where did my recipe go?


Everyone has pet peeves, those irritating things that can turn a normally mildmannered calm person, such as I, into a singleminded, raving maniac.

The one thing that gets to me is losing things. I’m adamant about expecting things to be in their designated spots in my house. My whole family knows that and always makes sure the scissors, tape measure, etc. are where I expect them to be when I need them.

This rigidity is not because I’m fastidious. Just the opposite, I’m much too lazy to hunt all over for those things I need. Generally, I’d sooner abandon a project and go read a book than hunt for tools that are misplaced.

As my family will tell you, my organizational skills do not extend to my eyeglasses or my cell phone, both of which are always someplace, but who knows where?

A few weeks ago, I copied a recipe for chicken salad. That night when I went to Kroger, I picked up all the ingredients I needed to make it. But when it came right down to the time to prepare it, I couldn’t find the recipe. Was it on Pinterest? Facebook? In a magazine? Emailed to me? In one of my myriad cookbooks?

I didn’t know, but I was sure I could track it down without too much trouble.


After searching for days , I became a little obsessed. Don’t even ask me why it mattered so much. I don’t know, but I just couldn’t accept that I lost it.

A co-worker, for whom I had made a copy the same day as mine, came to my rescue and brought her copy to me. Here’s the elusive recipe. Don’t lose it!

Voodoo Chicken Salad

Voodoo Dressing: 2 tbls.

Dijon mustard 2 tbls.

freshly squeezed lime juice 2 tbls.

chili paste 1 tbls.

crushed red pepper 1/3 cup

real mayonnaise 3/4 cup

sesame or extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup

white wine vinegar 1/4 cup

soy sauce 3/4 cups

sugar 2 tbls.

garlic, peeled 2 tbls. 

Chicken salad:

2 halved, grilled chicken breasts, cubed, skin removed

2 tbls. Feta cheese, optional salt and pepper, to taste

Place all dressing ingredients into the bowl of a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

Pour over just grilled chicken breasts, placed on a bed of lettuce.

Garnish with cherry tomatoes and sprinkle with cheese.


See you next week.

Be kind to each other. Kathy

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