Lemony Leftovers

My  freezer usually has three or four small grilled chicken breasts that I've grilled and kept on hand to top pesto pasta (one of John's favorites).

Recently I wanted use up the leftover chicken breasts and since I hadn't been to the market lately, I decided to get creative with what I had on hand. ...Definitely not a salad for a change!

This recipe is a good way to use leftover grilled chicken...even if it's been frozen

I had some fresh dill and a few lemons I needed to use so I built the meal around those flavors. I made this just for John and myself, but the recipe serves four. 

Lemon Dill Chicken and Vegetables
Lemon Dill Cream Sauce:
Make a roux with
3 T Butter
3 T Flour
Whisk in 1 Cup Whole Milk
Whisk until creamy and add
1/2 White Wine
Juice of one Lemon and its Zest
2-3 T chopped fresh Dill
Salt and White Pepper to taste

A simple and versatile lemony dill cream sauce. I had extra and served it over grilled salmon.

A simple and versatile lemony dill cream sauce. I had extra and served it over grilled salmon.

The sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated.
Next, roughly chop the grilled chicken breasts.
Roughly chop 1/2 cup each: 
Asparagus Spears
Green Onions
Red Bell Pepper
In a medium skillet heat 1 T Lemon Olive Oil or regular Olive Oil.  Add the vegetables and sauté for a minute or so. Add a tablespoon or so of lemon juice and the chicken and heat through.

Use a combo of whatever veggies you have on hand. Another option to keep it heathy is to mix the veggies with the chicken, omitting the sauce altogether.

Mix the heated cream sauce into the chicken and vegetables and serve over rice.

Garnish with lemon slices and chopped dill...and enJOY!

Lemon olive oil isn't necessary -- but it is delicious, especially when it's from Pasolivo!

Nouveau Barbeque in Malibu!

My BFF Nancy Jane and I “discovered” the Malibu Café recently. 

Malibu Cafe -- what a find!

I guess it’s no secret to locals, but it was our first time there, and what a find. 

A playground for the whole family!

Part of the famed Calamigos Ranch off Kanan Road, the Malibu Café Country Kitchen & Bar offers what they call Nouveau Barbeque. 

Charming rustic outdoor bar with the best mint julep ever! BFF Nancy enjoying hers!

View from our creekside table

Our dining companion

Smoked purple cabbage. Unique and delicious!

The food and service are fabulous but it’s the unique playground atmosphere for both kids and adults that make this a destination dining experience.  

Do you have a favorite hideaway place to eat? Would love to hear about it!


A County Fair with Ocean Air...and an Awesome Booth!

It was my absolute pleasure to work the California Coastal Horse Rescue (CCHR) booth recently at the Ventura County fair.  

Our California Coastal Horse REscue Booth won the blue ribbon!

I made some new friends, was entertained by live bluegrass music, sampled some delicious local beef...pot roast...yum, and heard some remarkable cowboy poetry.  

My friend Andria Kidd won second place in the Cowboy Poetry contest

I sampled delicious Harris Beef pot roast, served up by the Ventura County Cattlemen's ASsociation

Even the author of salad Joy has to get a smile from this!

Fun bluegrass

Underwood Farms always has a beautiful display

Future Farmers of America booth...Maybe this little guy is one!

A blue ribbon day!

And all just in the agricultural hall.  I love this fair, and am so proud of CCHR for winning the blue ribbon for our booth design.  

How about you -- have you visited a county fair this summer? Would love to hear about your experience too!

Viva La Fiesta!

What is your idea of heaven?

Well, my horse-loving friend Carolyn B. invited me to go to what she called the horse parade in Santa Barbara recently. 

It’s part of Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days and this year marked the 92nd Fiesta Historical Parade.  This is one of the nation’s largest equestrian parades with more than 600 horses as well as many antique carriages, wagons and coaches. 

The day was perfect and the parade route is along Shoreline Drive right by the ocean.  We were in horse heaven!