First off, happy Earth Day! I thought about doing an Earth Day post, but other time commitments prevented me. I’d like to direct you to a fabulous post from Herban Lifestyle about how to make Earth Day everyday. Click here.
Frugal Living: Get the Most out of Your Chicken Leftovers
If you’ve read here here the past few days, you’ll know that I got really excited by our spicy barbeque smoked chicken earlier in the week. We have continued to enjoy it, each time with a little variation in its saucing to make it fit a new menu. Monday night we had paninis with the chicken in a smokey, sweet barbeque sauce and good cheese, served alongside spinach soup in the beautiful bowls I won from Polly’s Path.
Wednesday I cut a big bowl of fresh lettuces and endive from our garden, pulled some carrots and radishes to slice, and clipped some chive blossoms for what I called buffalo chicken salad. I sauced some of the chicken with hot sauce and used that with bleu cheese and homemade croutons to pile on top the salad. I did take a photo of the lettuce (see below), but an untimely phone call and then hunger distracted me from shooting the salad.
Tonight? It’s Mr. Homesteader’s cooking night, but I hear that we’ll be having something Mexican and that he’ll be using the smoked chicken.
Do you cook whole chickens? If so, what’s your favorite way to dress up the leftovers?
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Lettuce Lessons: Selecting Looseleaf Seeds
This is the big bowl of loose leaf lettuce, endive, and a little chard I picked from the garden. The red frilly lettuce is Lolla Rossa. If you see red and green on the same leaf, it could be Lolla Rossa inner leaves, or it could be Marvel of Four Seasons. The lime green lettuce is called Black-Seeded Simpson. It and Lolla Rossa are so attractive that I think either of them would be lovely as a border around a flower bed. The frilly medium green stuff is in fact curly endive, and the leaf in sort of the middle left with red rib and veins is ruby chard. All of these lettuces and other greens are easy to grow in cooler weather, and the chard has actually survived summer heat and freezing winters twice now as well as repeated cuttings in between. We like growing head lettuces like butterhead and batavian, but these loose-leaf lettuces are really easy to grow for cut-and-come-again picking throughout the season.
Do you have favorite salad greens? What grows well in your area? Do tell!
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