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Tamara Huron

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Healthy Chicken Salad with Basil

Tamara Huron

Living in the south chicken salad is a way of life! With the warm weather here, a lighter healthier chicken salad was in need. Using store bought rotisserie chicken, this salad can be made in a snap. Fresh cucumbers, radishes and carrots topped off with raspberry vinegar and olive oil. Basil and orange juice bring this salad to a whole new refreshing level.

Enjoy this light and delicious salad with family & friends.

Be well & enjoy,


Fruit & Nut Fall Salad

Cate MacKrell

November is here and we all want to continue eating healthy through the holidays.  Comforting food is wonderful, but a healthy delicous salad with an herb vinaigrette is always welcome at the table.

I love fall salads with fruit and nuts.  A nice blend of mixed greens or a bed of romaine is the perfect base for an herb dressing.  Fresh sage worked well in this recipe with olive oil, champagne vinegar and a touch of mustard.

It may be getting cold out, but there's always room for an organic fresh herb on your kitchen counter to take your recipes to the next level.

Be well & enjoy,


Chicken Spiedies

Cate MacKrell



We did a wonderful event at the Garden the other evening called Herbs & Hors d'oeuvres.  All the hors d'oeuvres were herb themed.  So many delicous items, and what a great group of guests!

I have had many folks ask about the Chicken Skewers.  They are Chicken Spiedies and are a regional favorite in only one area of NY.  Mint and vinegar are key ingredients for the marinade.  Marinating at least 24 hours is also key.

Spiedies are always grilled and then folks like to take a slice of Italian bread and remove the chicken to create a sandwich.  Restaurants all serve this special treat and I'm glad I was able to share it with so many folks.

Chicken Spiedies


3 chicken breasts

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped

1 Tbps. dried parsley

1 Tbps. dried basil

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1/2 tsp. pepper


Dice chicken breasts into 1" cubes. Whisk all other ingredients together to form marinade. Set some aside for basting or sauce if desired. Add marinade to chicken and refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally (the acidic nature of the marinade wll 'chemically' cook the meat partially). Thread 5 or so cubes onto metal or soaked bamboo skewers and grill for a few minutes either side, just until meat is firm (remember, they're already partially cooked by the marinade). Place skewers on a fresh Italian bread, grip the meat firmly with the bread and pull out skewers.
Be well & enjoy,



Herb Chicken Kebobs

Cate MacKrell

This is a great dish that is easy and versatile.  The trick to create tender juicy kebobs is in the marinade.  The secret ingredients are apple cider vinegar and mint.  Mix together olive oil, vinegar, lots of fresh mint, oregano and garlic.  Pour over cubed chicken breasts.  Marinade for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Broil or grill until light brown.  These make a great accompaniment to potatoes, pasta or even topped on a salad.

The apple cider vinegar and mint add a healthy kick that makes this dish a sure favorite.  Mint is readily available and there are all different kinds.  Take a moment to experiment.  If you have orange mint, apple mint, spearmint, all would be wonderful in this recipe!

Be healthy & enjoy,