Sunday Super...Raisin and Pine Nut Chicken Salad...and a Splendid Avenue Giveaway

We just love holiday weekends...and have enjoyed playing at the lake for the last time for a while for the past few days...

Two of our really good friends Monika, of Splendid Willow and Ewa, author of Delishhh...

have teamed up and created the most amazing online store...Splendid Avenue...

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This is just a tiny sampling of offerings from their store...

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Both girls are from Sweden and have a fresh clean perspective on everything they touch...from the kitchen to the living room...and beyond...Their design and fashion sense is undeniably chic...and Ewa's recipes are always both healthy and delicious...

We are eating everything but the kitchen sink at the lake this weekend...but you must try this wonderful Raisin and Pine Nut Chicken Salad recipe that Ewa adapted from a recipe she found on Smitten Kitchen...

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Raisin and Pine nut Chicken Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

4 cups cubed (1/2 inch) cooked chicken (about 1 3/4 lb)

1 cup pine nuts

1 celery rib, diced into small bits (1 cup)

2 or more tablespoons finely chopped shallot

1 cup dried golden raisins

2/3 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons tarragon or any herb of your choice

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Toss together all ingredients in a large bowl until combined well. You can add it to your sandwich, serve it on cracker on put it on top of some lettuce.

If you are like us and love to grow herbs...you have a lot of basil right now. I'm going to turn it into fresh pesto and freeze it to enjoy this winter...Ewa's recipe oh so easy...

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Basil Pesto Ingredients

2 cups fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup pine nuts

3 medium sized garlic cloves

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Using a food processor combine the basil and the pine nuts. Then add the garlic and then slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream into the mixture. After that add the cheese and then the salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with pasta.

Makes 1 cup.

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Monika and Ewa are celebrating the one year anniversary of their store Splendid Avenue with a fabulous giveaway and a 20 per cent discount off of everything in the store from now through September 6th...

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Click here to visit the shop and enter to win this beautiful silver heart necklace...

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Blog friends are some of the best...supporting each other through our individual endeavors is part of what forges deep relationships...we are honored to spread the word for these dear friends...please pop over to visit their site...you will be so glad that you did.

Hey...it's Sunday and it's casual and the table is all set...

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