The joke around Saint Louis these days is, “How you liking this July weather?” With highs in the nineties it sure feels like it’s still July and not September, but there are some differences. With fewer hours of daylight now than July, it cools off overnight and I can usually shutoff the AC for a few hours. That’s not the usual case in July and while it has been mainly days with highs in the nineties, there are plenty of other days, when it is not that warm. Plus, I think that the humidity is a little lower than it typically is in July, but overall it is warmer this month than it normally is, leading to the sensation of an endless summer.
Anne and I went for a bike ride this morning, getting out and back before the heat really kicked in. Drumroll… Sixty years ago, Hawaii became the 50th state and today, Anne made it her 50th state too, when she spied a parked car with plates from Hawaii. She plays the license plate game. She’s got an app for that. Before our ride was over, she was more than halfway through the states in her new game. And yes, on the way back home, we circled the block, looking for that Hawaiian car again, but alas it was gone. Thinking that its owner is a bible thumping church goer, Anne made note to look for it again, next Sunday.
My consolation prize came from a passing cyclist, who complemented me with a, “Nice bike!” Forest Park was too crowded, so we headed to Tower Grove. I promised to make lunch, so we didn’t stop to eat on South Grand. I made my Californian chicken salad, chicken salad with fruit and nuts. On the way home, we came upon the remains of an early morning charity walk. It had a huge finish line sign that Anne could not resist. She sprinted ahead and while crossing over the line, raised one fist in victory. I just chuckled. Next, we stopped at Kaldi’s for a smoothie and iced coffee. When we got up to leave, a family that had participated in that charity walk took our table. They recognized Anne by her jersey and had seen her fist pump her way to victory. I just chuckled, again.
Oohh. Cali chicken salad sounds tempting! Recipe?
I just turned two leftover chicken thighs into an interesting concoction, but not as interesting. Leftover bacon (chunked), chunked thighs (skin & bones removed), condensed cream of cremini & shiitake shroom soup, half&half (to desired consistency), parmesan (shredded, ~1/2 or 1 cup). Heat thru. Serve with a dollop of rice or pasta.
Could perhaps use a bit of crushed rosemary and garlic… do not add salt (thx to bacon & parmesan)
Canned white meat chicken, mayo, green grapes, walnuts, S&P
Sounds more like Anne’s Chicken Tartarin, which I’m making for dinner: breaded thighs, shiitake, olives and onion, over rice.