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Recipe: ‘Autumn in Provence’ Chicken

This rings even more true now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, but a couple weeks ago, I got to thinking about what an amazing, crazy year this has been. Let’s recap: left my job, started a new one of my own design, moved apartments, got engaged, got married, got a dog. Joe and I joke that the only thing that could make it more insane is if I wound up knocked up (let’s do the other kind of knocking — on wood). As I was walking down the 2012 memory lane, I started daydreaming about our trip to France this summer, and had a little bit of longing for the easy, lazy days in Provence. I adore the flavors of this region, and felt inspired to make a comforting Sunday dinner that would reflect what Autumn in Provence might taste like.

The region is known for its beautiful fresh produce, especially the garlic, tomatoes, and herbs. So, using a slow cooker I just scored with some wedding gift certificates (only $80 at Crate and Barrel!), I made up this little recipe and served it over whole wheat pasta. You could easily serve it with rice, or cous cous, or even potatoes, just be sure to dust the top with a little parmesan cheese before you dig in.

This was my first time using a slow cooker and I have to say, it really couldn’t be easier. Throw everything in, and boom, hours later, you have one tasty meal. I’ve already used it 4 times since getting it just two weeks ago!

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Recipe: Pesto Chicken Salad

pesto chicken salad recipe

When I was in college there was a Wolfgang Puck Express on our campus. Why Wolfgang Puck ever thought that the success of his famous, high-end cuisine meant he should open a quick service concept in a university cafeteria is beyond me, but that’s another story. At this particular eatery, all the food was terrible except for one very popular item: the pesto chicken sandwiches. It was chicken salad unlike any I’d ever encountered: big chunks of chicken tossed together with a nutty, garlicky pesto, then piled high on ciabatta. So. good.

Since then, pesto chicken salad has become my favorite version of chicken salad. Forget the heavy, mayonnaise-y version — this stuff is way better, and just as versatile. You can eat it on ciabatta, like I did in college, or even spread it on little crostini for an appetizer. In the summer, Joe and I like to make a big salad and top off the greens with a big scoop of pesto chicken. Add a few slices of heirloom tomato on the side, and it’s heaven.

Pesto chicken salad is insanely easy to make, and there are two ways to go about it. Read more »