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Tuesday, May 18, 2010


With summer right around the corner, American Woman food editor Cloris McWerther will be presenting quick and easy warm weather recipes that require a minimum amount of prep time.  Being a working mother herself, Cloris knows all too well that there aren’t enough hours in the day.  Of course it doesn’t help that I’ve been dragging her off to track down dastardly killers lately.  You can read more about that come January with the launch of Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun (written by Lois Winston), the first book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, and featuring me, Anastasia Pollack

For now, though, enjoy this refreshing main course salad.  Cloris tells me you can throw together the ingredients first thing in the morning before leaving for work, and the salad will be ready for you come dinnertime.  Obviously, she’s never been in my house first thing in the morning!  If your morning routine is anything like mine, you better make your salad the night before.-- AP

(serves 4)

3 lg. cucumbers, sliced
1 cup frozen mangos, diced
1 med. size zucchini, sliced
¼ cup dried cranberries
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 T. granulated sugar
1 T. dill weed
½ cup wine vinegar
½ cup apple juice
½ cup water
½ cup chopped walnuts

In a lg. bowl combine cucumbers, mangos, zucchini, dried cranberries, chicken and dill weed.  In a saucepan combine sugar, wine vinegar, apple juice, and water.  Bring to boil.  Pour over veggie/fruit mixture.  Chill at least 3 hrs.  Add walnuts right before serving.  Serve over a bed of lettuce.

Cloris will be back next Tuesday and every Tuesday with more great recipes for busy working women, but we'd love to have you, our readers, share some of your quick and easy summer recipes.  And don't forget, those of you who post a comment this week are entered for a chance to win a book from our guest author on Book Club Friday.--AP


Kathy said...

Sounds good. We love chicken in this house. I'm surprised we haven't sprouted feathers yet. According to the health news on Channel 2 yesterday, I'm hooked on junk food which is now considered a legitimate addiction so how about some dessert recipes to make me feel good.


Kathy, Cloris has some great dessert recipes coming up in the weeks to come. Cloris has one of those metabolisms the rest of us would kill for. She can eat absolutely anything and never gain an ounce. So she's under orders to balance out the recipes she posts. Otherwise, she'd be posting nothing but desserts!

Babs in Alabama said...

This sounds like it's going to be a very fun blog and I will be back often and can't wait for
assault with a deadly glue gun to come out. What a really neat idea this is!
babs in alabama


Thanks, Babs! Glad you stopped by.

Kathye Quick said...

Okaym I'm late. Couldn't get on at work,

This sounds wonderful, I'm making it tomorrow and will let you know what the hub thinks.

I have to calorie it out on the Daily Plate to see how much I can have. Lost 50 lbs, need to drop 40 more. If I don't drop it soon, I may resort to njecting Big Mac's.


Congrats on the weight loss, Kathye! Hope the hub enjoys dinner tomorrow night.