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Foodie Friday: Grilled Chicken Paillards with Peach and Arugula Salad

Labor Day, summer’s last hurrah, is a feast day. And mostly — tell the truth! — we tend to overdo it. Ribs, steaks, burgers and hot dogs? Check! Vegetables and other light fare? Not so much. The standard routine amounts to the summer version of Thanksgiving, except that after the meal everyone collapses onto the lawn rather than a couch. Allow me to propose an alternative — a dish that’s simultaneously light and refreshing and substantial: chicken paillard. Paillard is a French culinary term referring to a piece of meat pounded thin, then grilled or sautéed. In this case, we’re going to marinate and grill chicken breasts, then top them off with a peach and arugula salad glorified with a full-fat blue cheese dressing. Where do you find these skinny cuts of chicken? Chances...

Recipe: Delicious Crock Pot Pesto Ranch Chicken (perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!)

I hope I don’t tick off any Irish people but I’m not a big fan of the food. Sorry. Corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, soda bread and Haggis just don’t do it for me. What they do is something rather unpleasant to my body. But I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and so I stick to a green theme. I recently found a recipe that everyone in my family loves (a true rarity, indeed) and as we were devouring our green dinner, I thought it would be a great fit for St. Patty’s Day. I don’t know what it is about chicken, crock pots and me but my poultry sometimes come out a bit dry. Not with this recipe. In fact, the chicken is always so moist it literally falls apart when I try to shred it.  If you’re serving it on St. Patrick’s Day, ma...

One rotisserie chicken, 25 dinner ideas

After a long day, who hasn’t stumbled into the grocery store without the faintest idea of what to put on the table, when suddenly the tempting whiff of a freshly roasted chicken puts everything into perspective? And although a rotisserie chicken is great served on its own, it lends itself to so many dinner options. Casseroles, pizza, salads … Here are 25 easy dinner ideas incorporating rotisserie chicken. These aren’t formal recipes but rough outlines you can tweak to suit your family’s or friends’ tastes. Most involve only a few ingredients, and almost all can be made in an hour or less. No matter your skill level in the kitchen, there’s something here for everyone. And with so many ideas, you’re bound to find something to please even the most pic...