Cardamom Scones

These delicious cinnamon cardamom scones are easy to make, perfectly soft and flaky, and drizzled with a simple glaze. New favorite scone alert! ♡ My mom recently brought us a batch of freshly-baked cinnamon scones, inspired by this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. And our entire family instantly agreed that they were hands-down some of the […]

These delicious cinnamon cardamom scones are easy to make, perfectly soft and flaky, and drizzled with a simple glaze.

New favorite scone alert! ♡

My mom recently brought us a batch of freshly-baked cinnamon scones, inspired by this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. And our entire family instantly agreed that they were hands-down some of the best we had ever tasted. Seriously, we absolutely love these scones and can’t stop making them!

As you can see, Deb’s original recipe features these fun “open-book” layers, which are easy to create by adding a few folds of cinnamon-sugar to dough. Our family really loves cardamom, though, so we’ve taken to adding a few generous teaspoons of ground cardamom to the filling along with the cinnamon and sugar. We’ve also come to love adding a touch of vanilla and some extra cream to the dough, to make it irresistibly soft and flaky and flavorful. And even with a final drizzle of icing, I love that these scones turn out to be sweet-but-not-too-sweet. When served hot out of the oven alongside a good cup of coffee, I’m telling you, there’s nothing better!

Let’s bake some scones!

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Bruschetta

All of the best tips we learned in Italy about how to make classic tomato basil bruschetta. Tomato season means…time to make tomato bruschetta! ♡ I’ve long been a big fan of this classic Italian appetizer. But a few years ago during our trip to Rome, my husband and I had the opportunity to take a […]

All of the best tips we learned in Italy about how to make classic tomato basil bruschetta.

Tomato season means…time to make tomato bruschetta! ♡

I’ve long been a big fan of this classic Italian appetizer. But a few years ago during our trip to Rome, my husband and I had the opportunity to take a cooking class on the art of making traditional tomato basil bruschetta and learned a few tips and techniques we found helpful. So I figured that tomato season would be a good time to pop in here and share a bit of what we learned!

First, a quick note about pronunciation. Americans often pronounce bruschetta with an “sh” sound, but the Italian ch is actually pronounced like an English “k”, so it should sound more like broo-skeh-tah. (By the way, the plural of bruschetta is bruschette — broo-skeh-teh.) Its name is derived from the Roman verb meaning “to toast” or “to roast over coals,” which makes sense because bruschetta is commonly regarded as one of the best uses for leftover bread.

Tomato bruschetta been a popular dish in Italy since the 16th century, back when tomatoes first arrived on the scene in Europe. And as with most classic Italian dishes, the components of tomato bruschetta are intentionally kept simple so that the vibrant, fresh flavor of each ingredient can each really shine through. All you need are ripe tomatoes, good-quality olive oil, fresh basil, garlic, oregano, sea salt and crusty bread to make an excellent batch of bruschette al pomodoro. It’s a quick and easy appetizer to assemble. And, if you’d like, you can even prep the crostini and tomato basil topping hours in advance and assemble just before serving, making bruschetta a terrific option for easy entertaining.

The most important thing that our instructor stressed again and again is that amazing tomatoes make for amazing bruschetta. So let’s make the most of tomato season and whip up a quick batch of bruschetta!

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Crostini

All of my best tips for how to make perfectly crisp and delicious homemade crostini, plus lots of ideas for fun toppings! One essential technique that I highly recommend memorizing for easy entertaining — how to make crostini! ♡ These classic little toasts are the perfect appetizer or snack to serve a crowd and always […]

All of my best tips for how to make perfectly crisp and delicious homemade crostini, plus lots of ideas for fun toppings!

One essential technique that I highly recommend memorizing for easy entertaining — how to make crostini! ♡

These classic little toasts are the perfect appetizer or snack to serve a crowd and always taste a million times fresher when made homemade versus store-bought. And, since it’s so easy to whip up a batch in 20 minutes with just 3 basic ingredients, I’m convinced a homemade batch is always worth the extra effort!

They’re the perfectly crisp and versatile little vehicles to host any number of delicious toppings. So whether you’re craving classic tomato basil bruschetta, a spread of goat cheese drizzled with honey, fig jam layered with prosciutto and arugula, brie topped with apple slices, a scoop of pimento cheese or spinach artichoke dip — I could go on and on, the options really are limitless — a fresh batch of homemade crostini is pretty much guaranteed to make everything better.

Here are all of my best tips and tricks for how to make a quick batch of crostini, plus tons of ideas for fun seasonings and toppings to try!

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Curry Chicken Salad

This zesty curry chicken salad recipe is full of protein and perfectly balanced with sweet and savory flavors. Trader Joe’s curry chicken salad has long been a favorite in our house. But when we moved to Barcelona seven years ago and found ourselves an ocean away from TJ’s grab-and-go option, I quickly figured out how […]

This zesty curry chicken salad recipe is full of protein and perfectly balanced with sweet and savory flavors.

Curry Chicken Salad

Trader Joe’s curry chicken salad has long been a favorite in our house. But when we moved to Barcelona seven years ago and found ourselves an ocean away from TJ’s grab-and-go option, I quickly figured out how to make my own homemade version from scratch, which honestly couldn’t be easier and (bonus) was just a fraction of the cost! ♡

Many years later, this recipe is still one of my go-to’s for a protein-packed lunch. It comes together quickly with cooked chicken (diced or shredded), toasted cashews, shredded carrots, cilantro, red onion, and a simple Greek yogurt curry sauce. I also like to add in lots of fresh red grapes for extra texture and sweetness (versus the raisins used in the TJ’s version), and prefer to lighten up the curry sauce with plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo. Together, the ingredients combine to create the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, crunchy and tender textures, with a perfectly spiced creamy dressing. And the leftovers taste even better the second day after the the flavors have had a chance to meld. So good!

Feel free to serve this curry chicken salad up between slices of bread to make a sandwich, roll it up in a tortilla to make a wrap, scoop it into lettuce wraps, serve it with crackers for dipping — there are so many ways to enjoy this delicious and versatile salad. So enjoy, enjoy!

Curry chicken salad ingredients

Curried Chicken Salad Ingredients

Here are a few brief notes about the ingredients needed to make this curry chicken salad recipe:

  • Chicken: Cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts are the lean and protein-packed base for this salad, which you can either dice or shred. I usually use my baked chicken breasts recipe or shred a rotisserie chicken.
  • Grapes: Fresh grapes add a delicious burst of juicy texture and sweetness.
  • Cilantro: Chopped cilantro adds a pop of fresh flavor and vibrance to the salad. (Or if cilantro isn’t your thing, feel free to add some chopped mint!)
  • Carrots: Shredded carrots add crunchy texture and an extra layer of sweetness to the salad.
  • Cashews: Chopped toasted cashews and a delicious depth of nutty, salty flavor and protein to the salad.
  • Red onion: Finely-diced red onion balances out the other ingredients with a mild hint of sharp flavor.
  • Greek yogurt curry sauce: Then finally, we’ll toss everything with a simple curry sauce made with plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, honey and spices (garam masala, ground ginger, ground turmeric, salt and pepper).

Greek yogurt curry sauce

Chicken Salad Tips

Full instructions for how to make this curry chicken salad are included in the recipe box below, but here are a few extra tips to keep in mind:

  • Cool the chicken before mixing. If you are cooking the chicken before making this recipe, be sure to give it a chance to cool (which happens more quickly once the chicken has been diced) before mixing it with the other ingredients so that they stay crisp and do not wilt.
  • Let the flavors marinate. If you have an extra 30 minutes to spare, this salad gets even tastier after it has been refrigerated for 30 minutes, giving the flavors a chance to meld together.
  • Don’t forget to season. I recommend giving the curry sauce a taste before adding it to the salad to see if it needs more salt or pepper. But then be sure to test test the salad after it has all been mixed to see if you need to adjust the seasonings once again.
  • Customize to your liking. Please don’t hesitate to tinker around with the ingredient ratios here and customize them to your liking! For example, you’re more than welcome to add extra grapes or carrots if you prefer a sweeter salad, or you can add extra chicken or cashews for more protein, or see below for even more variations to try.

Curry chicken salad ingredients in bowl

Chicken Salad Variations

Here are a few yummy variations that you’re welcome to try with this easy chicken salad recipe:

  • Add extra fruit: Add diced mango, apple or pineapple for extra sweetness.
  • Add avocado: Add diced avocado to make the salad even creamier.
  • Add quinoa: Add cooked quinoa to make the salad even heartier.
  • Add fresh mint: Add chopped fresh mint, which always pairs deliciously with curry.

Trader Joe's curry chicken salad copycat

Ways To Serve Chicken Salad

Looking for different ways to serve chicken salad? Here are a few we would recommend with this recipe:

  • Sandwiches: Serve between two slices of your favorite bread to make a classic chicken salad sandwich.
  • Melts: Top slices of bread with a scoop of chicken salad, a slice of cheese, and broil until the cheese is melty.
  • Wraps (or pitas): Serve wrapped up in a tortilla or pita to make a chicken salad wrap.
  • Lettuce wraps: Serve in large lettuce cups to make chicken salad lettuce wraps.
  • Stuffed bell peppers: Serve in hollowed-out bell peppers to make chicken salad stuffed bell peppers.
  • Crostini (or crackers): Serve on crostini or crackers for a simple appetizer.

Curry Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

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Curry chicken salad

Healthy Curry Chicken Salad

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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Description

This Healthy Curry Chicken Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, and full of feel-good ingredients and mega-delicious flavor.  It’s also naturally gluten-free and perfect for meal planning!


Ingredients

Chicken Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup roughly-chopped fresh cilantro, lightly-packed
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup finely-diced red onion
  • 1 batch Greek Yogurt Curry Sauce (see below)

Greek Yogurt Curry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • pinch each of salt and pepper

Instructions

To Make The Chicken Salad:

  1. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 4 days.

To Make The Greek Yogurt Curry Sauce:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl until combined.  Taste, and season with extra salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice if needed.

Notes

Source: Recipe inspired by Trader Joe’s curry chicken salad.

Aperol Margarita

This Aperol margarita recipe is easy to make with Aperol, lime juice, and your favorite tequila. Aperol spritzes meet margs with these vibrant Aperol margaritas! ♡ We traditionally make margs in our house using Cointreau. But my friend, Lindsey, recently mentioned that she’s been enjoying hers lately with Aperol, which lends more of a bittersweet […]

This Aperol margarita recipe is easy to make with Aperol, lime juice, and your favorite tequila.

Aperol spritzes meet margs with these vibrant Aperol margaritas! ♡

We traditionally make margs in our house using Cointreau. But my friend, Lindsey, recently mentioned that she’s been enjoying hers lately with Aperol, which lends more of a bittersweet and herby flavor to the cocktail and also gives it a vibrant orange hue. So we’ve been giving it a try this summer and are now officially hooked!

The Aperol still gives a margarita the orange flavor we all know and love, but it’s slightly less sweet in a good way, giving the cocktail a touch more of the zingy, citrusy, bitterness that I personally love. It also lowers the ABV of the cocktail nearly by half (from ~30% to 22%), which is perfect if you’re looking for a lighter summer cocktail. And while I generally prefer mezcal margaritas, both Barclay and I found that we actually enjoyed this one made with a good crisp tequila, which really lets the delicate Aperol flavors shine through.

I highly recommend a Tajín salt rim, or you’re welcome to also muddle in some fresh jalapeño wedges to add a spicy kick. Then serve it up nice and chilled on the rocks, and enjoy enjoy! Cheers!

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Currently

Hello! I’ve got a sleeping baby sitting beside me and an iced lavender latte in hand and thought I’d take advantage of nap time this morning to pop in with a long overdue life update. ♡ I realized the other day that it’s been over a year since I last typed out one of these […]

Hello! I’ve got a sleeping baby sitting beside me and an iced lavender latte in hand and thought I’d take advantage of nap time this morning to pop in with a long overdue life update. ♡

I realized the other day that it’s been over a year since I last typed out one of these posts while sitting in our sunny kitchen in Barcelona. Which, to be honest, feels like a lifetime ago. (And also somehow like…yesterday?) It’s hard to know where to even begin to summarize how life has changed since then. We’re now back across the ocean living in Kansas City, which is slowly beginning to feel like home again ever since our whirlwind move back with a toddler, elderly dog, eight suitcases, and a newly-positive pregnancy test last June. Since then, we have…

  • moved into a 90-yr-old Tudor, which we (probably over-ambitiously) decided to renovate before our second baby’s arrival, while working to stock the place 100% from scratch with everything from beds to bicycles to blenders and beyond
  • walked through our second pregnancy and gave birth in the States, which went mercifully smoothly this time around (and was also a very interesting contrast to how things are done in Spain)
  • welcomed a wonderful 24-yr-old Costa Rican au pair to our family, who’s going to be living with us and helping with the boys over the coming year
  • checked off what felt like a million “getting settled” logistics, including purchasing two cars (a super sad farewell to European walking culture), re-establishing our businesses in Missouri, and diving back into the wonderful world of American healthcare, insurances, taxes, etc
  • navigated an intense year of “sandwich generation” learning curves, doing our best to try and care for aging parents and little kids at the same time

And then of course, we brought this little sunbeam home. ♡♡♡

We joked on the day Milo was born that he seemed just “just happy to be here”, and four months later, that still pretty much sums things up! Milo has turned out to be such an easygoing little baby who’s just happy to eat, happy to sleep (major change from our first baby!), happy to smile and coo and snuggle with anyone…and we truly could not love him more. It’s remarkable how much joy he has added to our little household. And after a fairly disorienting year, his arrival has felt like the missing puzzle piece that’s finally helped Kansas City begin to feel like home again. Of course, the newborn stage has been intense and exhausting in all of its usual ways, but getting to step away from work for a few months to soak up sunny spring walks with Milo and nuzzle his soft skin and and be there for all of his adorable little “firsts” has felt beyond special. It’s never lost on Barclay and me what a privilege this is to get to do this all one more time, especially after the long road to meet him, and we’re just so grateful that he’s finally here.

All that to say, goodness, it has been a year. Definitely one of the more challenging ones on record for our little family, but still with plenty of glimmers of love and joy and fun sprinkled in there all along the way, as life always seems to provide. We’re feeling very grateful to (at least mostly) now be on the other side of the international moving chaos. And while I’ve enjoyed time away from Gimme Some Oven during these past few months of maternity leave, I’m glad to be getting back into some work rhythms again. More updates on all of that below.

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Panzanella

This delicious panzanella salad is easy to make and bursting with fresh summer flavors. Summer tomato season calls for allllll the panzanella salads! ♡ This classic Tuscan bread and tomato salad is one of my absolute favorite summertime meals, transforming a handful of humble ingredients into something so special and satisfying. It’s easy to make […]

This delicious panzanella salad is easy to make and bursting with fresh summer flavors.

Summer tomato season calls for allllll the panzanella salads! ♡

This classic Tuscan bread and tomato salad is one of my absolute favorite summertime meals, transforming a handful of humble ingredients into something so special and satisfying. It’s easy to make with homemade garlic croutons (yes, a quick homemade batch is essential to achieve the proper crispy/chewy texture for panzanella), which are then tossed with juicy cherry tomatoes, crisp bell peppers and cucumbers, tangy red onion, loads of fresh basil, and your choice of creamy feta or mozzarella. Then everything gets tossed with a red wine vinaigrette and left to rest for 30 minutes so that the croutons can soak up all of those gorgeous fresh flavors. It seriously tastes like the best of summertime in every bite and those vibrant colors are always such a showstopper. The perfect dish for the season!

That said, one of the best things about panzanella is that it’s endlessly versatile. So feel free to customize your own salad by swapping in whatever type of leftover bread, veggies (or fruit!), cheese, or vinaigrette that you happen to have on hand. However you make it, panzanella deserves a spot on every summer meal rotation. So grab a few pints of fresh tomatoes and let’s make a batch together!

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Affogato

This classic Italian-inspired affogato recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes with ice cream, espresso and your choice of toppings. Quite possibly one of the easiest and best desserts out there — affogato! ♡ This Italian classic has long been one of my go-tos for easy entertaining, especially on warm summer nights […]

This classic Italian-inspired affogato recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes with ice cream, espresso and your choice of toppings.

Quite possibly one of the easiest and best desserts out there — affogato! ♡

This Italian classic has long been one of my go-tos for easy entertaining, especially on warm summer nights when you’re craving a cold sweet treat! Simply add a scoop of your favorite ice cream or gelato to a small bowl or glass, top it with hot espresso, add a shot of liqueur or a sprinkle of toppings if you’d like (both optional), and this delightful and sophisticated dessert will be ready in no time.

If you’re like me and are sensitive to caffeine late in the day, no prob, just use your favorite decaf espresso or strongly-brewed coffee! And while vanilla ice cream is the traditional option here, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the fun flavors of ice creams and toppings that you can pair together here, so don’t hesitate to raid the freezer and use whatever pint sounds good. This fun dessert is always a winner!

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Honey Salmon with Ginger Scallion Sauce

Honey-roasted salmon is topped with a sizzling ginger scallion sauce and served over rice with a squeeze of lime. So fresh and flavorful and ready to go in 30 minutes! Say hello to our latest favorite 30-minute meal! I’ve been on a major ginger scallion sauce kick these past few months, sizzling up a quick […]

Honey-roasted salmon is topped with a sizzling ginger scallion sauce and served over rice with a squeeze of lime. So fresh and flavorful and ready to go in 30 minutes!

Say hello to our latest favorite 30-minute meal!

I’ve been on a major ginger scallion sauce kick these past few months, sizzling up a quick batch of the Cantonese-inspired, 5-ingredient sauce to drizzle on everything from veggies to steak, salads, noodles, and more. But one of my favorite pairings has been this simple honey-roasted salmon and green beans situation, roasted up on a single sheet pan, served over rice, drizzled with the ginger scallion sauce and finished with a generous squeeze of fresh lime. The blend of sweet, salty, umami, tangy flavors here is just perfect. And it all comes together easily in just 30 minutes…always a win!

We’re quite partial to the pairing of salmon and green beans here in our home, but you could easily swap in a different protein or veggie here if you prefer. We’ve also made this one successfully on the grill, if you don’t feel like heating up the oven this time of year. And while the dish is lovely served over rice (I take a shortcut by heating up frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s), you could just as easily serve it over noodles or another grain, or just enjoy the fish and veggies on their own.

Enjoy, enjoy!

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe is tossed with my favorite Caesar dressing, lots of Parm, and the yummiest garlicky breadcrumbs.  A good Caesar salad will forever and always be one of my favorite foods. But I’m also just as happy this time of year to whip up a delicious batch of its carb-y cousin, […]

This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe is tossed with my favorite Caesar dressing, lots of Parm, and the yummiest garlicky breadcrumbs. 

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe

A good Caesar salad will forever and always be one of my favorite foods. But I’m also just as happy this time of year to whip up a delicious batch of its carb-y cousin, a chicken Caesar pasta salad. ♡

It’s basically everything we all love about a good chicken Caesar — perfectly-seasoned chicken, crisp Romaine leaves, a bold and tangy Caesar dressing and a generous shower of freshly-grated Parmesan — tossed with chilled and chewy al dente pasta. Then in lieu of traditional croutons, I like to whip up a quick batch of crunchy, salty, garlicky breadcrumbs to sprinkle on top. It’s a classic pasta salad recipe that’s always so satisfying and comes together easily too!

Of course, if chicken isn’t your thing, feel free to sub any other protein in here that you prefer (shrimp, salmon, bacon, Italian sausage, or even roasted chickpeas would be great options). And if you happen to have any roasted veggies on hand, they would always be welcome here too. I do just have to say that I’m partial to my favorite homemade Caesar dressing, but totally get it if you’d like to save some time and use a bottle of store-bought (in which case, Ken’s or Marzetti are two brands I always recommend).

However you make it, I promise that this classic Caesar pasta salad recipe is always a winner!

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