Spicy Mango Dressing

Hey Guys,

We’re now at the height of summer here in Virginia and it is hot, I mean blazing hot! Not to mention it is humid and muggy too! You know all winter long, I anxiously wait for summer to come so that I can break out my fancy summer shoes and dresses but as soon as the hot weather gets here, I start looking forward to the cooler days of early fall. I guess I’m just never satisfied.

Anyway although the weather has been hot, I have been really enjoying summer. Since I’ve started this blog this year, I’ve been more attentive to the summer fruits and vegetables and I’ve been working to incorporate them into my cooking. Whenever I go to the grocery store, I make a habit of walking around the produce section a couple of times and checking out what’s on sale for the week. This week, mangos were on sale so I grabbed a couple. I’m not a huge mango fan (I love the taste just not the consistency) but headed over to Pinterest to find a recipe that I could make with my perfectly ripe mangos. I ran across the recipe below for Spicy Mango Dressing pinned by The Café Sucre Farine. It looked colorful and easy to make so I decided to give it a try. The dressing turned out to be very tasty and flavorful. It was a little thicker than I would have liked so I opted to use it as a marinade over shrimp as opposed to a dressing. The spicy mango flavor paired nicely with the flavor of the shrimp and created a fresh summer dish. I bet this dressing/marinade would even taste great on chicken. If you do want to use this as a dressing and you would like a thinner consistency, I would suggest making the dressing according to the recipe and then gradually add in more oil until you achieve the ideal consistency.

There are quite a few more weeks left in summer and I am really looking forward to creating more dressings/marinades and other dishes from the seasonal produce. If you all have any suggests of fruits or vegetables that I should use to make dressing/marinades then leave a comment below and let me know. Also, tell me what your favorite dressing/marinade to make is.

Be sure to check out the recipe below!


~Samantha J.

Since this recipe is not my own, I have provided a link to the original recipe, here.



Chicken Salad

Hey Guys,

How’s life?!? What’s new with you all? These past few weeks have been crazy busy since my workload at work has dramatically increased because of the upcoming holiday. I work in the grocery industry and we’re always preparing for a holiday. Once one passes we are gearing up for the next one. Although I’ve been working super long hours I’ve still managed to enjoy the summer weather and spend some time with family and friends. Just yesterday, a few of my mom’s relatives dropped in for a quick visit. We all met at my grandmother’s house and just sat and talked. It was a nice and easy visit and it was really nice to catch up with everyone.

Now as you know when family stops by you better have something offer them. Since they were coming in the middle of the day and only staying a short while my grandmother asked me to make some chicken salad. Now, I made this chicken salad for Mother’s Day lunch back in May and it turned out great. This time, the chicken salad turned out great again! The first time I made this dish, I roasted a whole chicken stuffed with roasted garlic, fennel, celery, butter and a TON of herbs. This time I opted for store-bought rotisserie chicken since I was short on time. You couldn’t even taste the difference. I just shredded the chicken with two forks added in the other ingredients and combined and voila I had the perfect chicken salad.

Be sure to check out the recipe below and let me know what your quick go to dish is to make when family stops by on short notice. As always, leave a comment.





Shred Chicken
Add in celery, shallots, seasonings
Add in mayo, combine and top with almonds

Chicken Salad

2 whole chickens
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup celery
1/2 shallot
1/4 cups of mayo
1/2 cup honey roasted sliced almonds

1. Shred chicken using two forks

2. In a bowl combine chicken, seasonings celery and shallots.                                                       *Feel free to adjust seasoning according to your taste*

3. Add in mayo and combine.                                                                                                                  *Feel free to adjust the amount of mayo according to your taste*

4. Top chicken salad with sliced almonds




And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him. When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2: 15-17