Saturday, January 31, 2009

checking out cooking group...

since we've gotten married, i have complained to brandon that i don't have any friends anymore...which is only semi-true. i still have all my old friends, i just don't see them much. many have moved away, or live far enough away that it takes a lot of planning to see them, or are busy with their social it's tough to make time for their old-married-lady friend, kacey, who goes to bed before 10 every night :) and since i just became an old married lady, i haven't really made many old married lady friends.

but it has been rough not having any girls nights or anything. i've actually been kind of sad about it. so since i was called to serve in the relief society, i've been trying to look at it as an excuse to make friends with the girls in the ward. and i found out that a lot of them feel the same way i do--they're newlyweds in a new ward and they feel a little lost in the shuffle.

as a result, i've been trying to put myself out there. our enrichment committee has organized a few special interest groups...exercize group, moms 'n' tots, cooking group, etc. i'm not to keen on doing yoga in the cultural hall and i don't have a tot, so i thought i'd give cooking group a shot. they meet one thursday a month, and january's meeting was this past week. i didn't know anyone who was going, but i decided i had to be brave and venture out on my own! i almost turned back because i couldn't find the hostess' house...but i said a little prayer and wandered around in the dark for awhile until i found a friendly face.

and i'm really glad i went. it was fun to be in a smaller group and have a chance to talk and get to know the women there. we cooked and laughed and adored the toddlers who came along with their moms. plus, the recipe mary shared with us was delicious--santa rosa chicken salad. when i was walking home, one of the girls, dessie (who happens to be married to one of my freshman ward pals), offered to give me a ride to my car so i wouldn't have to wander around in the dark again. as we were chatting, she mentioned how she was so glad she decided to go and that she had decided to attend RS events more often...we women need to girl time!

my thoughts exactly. hooray for being brave!
here's the recipe...

santa rosa chicken salad

salad ingredients:
1 box long grain & wild rice mix, cooked
juice of one lemon
3 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
4 green onions, finely sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup slivered almonds
a couple of handfuls of sugar snap peas, snapped into bite size pieces
1 avocado

dressing ingredients:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. dijon mustard
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. sugar
1/4 t. pepper
1/3 c. rice vinegar
1/3 c. vegetable oil

prepare rice and chicken. combine and refigerate until cool.

prepare dressing ahead also. whisk together all ingredients and refrigerate until cool.

just before serving, add all the chopped vegetables, almonds, and lemon juice. Toss with dressing and serve.

***the flavors in this salad kind of remind me of the citrus-y rice at cafe rio. i'm thinking of using it to make cafe rio style salads--hot cheesy tortilla, bed of lettuce, this rice salad, black beans, spiced chicken, pico, and cilantro ranch. or i think it would work well as a side dish with chicken tacos or grilled chicken sandwiches. mary, our hostess, just served it with hot rolls. it was fabulous!


  1. Remember Moms and tots isn't just for Moms with tots. It's for anyone that wants to come. I want to get to know other people than those who have kids. Plus we have fun activities that are for everyone. Wednesday we are making valentines for our Hubbies. Come if you can! It's fun I promise.
    I am glad that you came to cooking group! It was fun, huh?

  2. I am so glad you came!! You are a super cute girl and it was fun to have you there!!! I like your ideas for using the santa rosa chicken salad in other recipes- you seem so gourmet- you need to host a cooking group!!!:)

  3. I'll have to try this... as I did grow up in Santa Rosa!


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