2.08.2012

D'Amico and Sons Chicken Pasta Salad.

I haven't shared a recipe in a while so I decided to designate today, February the eighth, to do just that.  so, I apologize if you came here secretly hoping to read stories about poop, only to find out that you have to suffer through another boring recipe post instead.  well, I promise I'll be quick.

I first tasted this pasta salad at my baby shower last summer, and I liked it so much that I've made it on several different occasions.  because one, it's easy.  and two, it's wonderfully delicious.  and I don't know about you guys, but in my books that equates to a win-win situation.  easy, plus delicious?  quick, sign me up!

(recipe courtesy of my aunt Barb who got it from her cousin Ruth who held D'Amico and his Sons hostage until they handed over the recipe.  actually, I have no idea.  I just made that last part up.)

D'Amico and Sons Chicken Pasta Salad:

-1 lb bowtie pasta cooked and chilled (may also use spiral, or any larger pasta)
-1 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken (shredded or diced, whichever you prefer)
-1 cup dried cherries (I used cherry flavored Craisins)
-1 bunch green onion, chopped
-2 celery stalks, minced
-1 cup whole smoked almonds (or plain old sliced almonds would do the trick as well)

Dressing: (if possible, make in advance for a more enhanced flavor and to allow time to chill)

-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-2 Tbsp wine vinegar
-2 cups mayo
-2 Tbsp cold water
-2 Tbsp poppy seeds
-2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper

mix dressing ingredients together and add to salad right before serving.


YUM.

in other exciting news, I'm heading down to Phoenix tomorrow to visit a good friend of mine who's here on vacation.  she (along with her hubby and kiddos) moved from Minnesota to Alaska around the same time we moved from Minnesota to Arizona, almost three and a half years ago.  we figured since they were moving, we might as well move too.  well, not really.  that's just how things happened to go.

sadly, due to unfortunate circumstances (hello! Alaska is located at the opposite end of the earth practically!) our paths have not crossed since.  we've kept in contact throughout the years via calling and text messaging, but now I'm really, REALLY looking forward to catching up in person.  can't wait!

until next time!

-jessica

7 comments:

Barb Makela said...

This has become my "go to" salad! Oh so yummy!!!

Barb Makela said...

Oh, and you can use any kind of chicken cut into bite sized pieces - I mean boneless skinless chicken breast (cooked, of course!), the strips of chicken that comes in the package sold by the deli meats.. or even left over turkey! And in place of craisins I've also used red grapes cut in half lengthwise :)

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alicat23 said...

Hi Jessica!

I recently stumbled across your blog and LOVE it! No judgement, but so far I've read back to 12/15/2010 Ramblers & Lurkers. I grew up with just one brother 22 months younger than myself and was raised by a single mom working and going to school both full time. So I did not have much quality time with my mother growing up (don't get me wrong I absolutely appreciate all of the hard work she did to provide for us). I recently became engaged and have always wanted a very large family but have gotten a bit discouraged from all the "Ha! Just wait till you have one, you'll change your mind!" comments. So I decided to do some research and see if I was the only nutter out there and sure enough I am not!!! I know I'm getting a bit ahead of myself but I'm just so excited. I want to thank you for all of your work, beautiful photos, and posts! I throughly enjoy them and can not tell you how refreshing it s to find a website about a large family which is focused on the family instead of religion. Kudos!! I can't wait for your next post!

Best,
Ali

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Janee said...

I made thus today and its so good😃