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Cooking with 'Friends': Gerri Willis' Ultimate Kale Salad


2 cans garbanzo beans, drained
⅛ c. sundried tomatoes packed in oil
4 garlic cloves, smashed
½ c. olive oil
4 sweet potatoes, peeled, cut in 1½” cubes
Lots of curly Kale (not dinosaur Kale)
1 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. chipotle paprika
Pumpkin seeds

For vinaigrette:
4 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 shallot, diced into very small pieces
1 tbsp. maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Soften garbanzo beans in a cast iron pan with a quarter cup olive oil, spices, salt, pepper and garlic for 20 minutes. Add sundried tomatoes in last five minutes. Beans get brown on the outside, creamy on the inside.
While the beans simmer, put the sweet potato cubes on a baking sheet with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast them in the oven for 25 minutes, tossing them midway.
Prep Kale by cutting out the rib in each leaf. Cut into bite size pieces and put in salad bowl. Sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt then massage the kale.
For the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, shallots, and maple syrup.
To serve, mix together the kale, sweet potatoes, and garbanzo beans.
NOTE: Gerri serves this salad with trout fillets roasted in the oven and cornbread on the side.

Cooking with 'Friends': Lauren Green's Chicken Club Casserole


14 oz. pkg Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned cubed stuffing mix*
1¼ c. butter
2 c. hot water
½ c. onion, chopped
1 c. celery, diced
4-5 c. cooked chicken, cubed
1 c. mayonnaise (or more)
1 small can drained sliced water chestnut
1 small can sliced mushrooms
2 eggs
2 c. milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup (Campbell's recommended)
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

Combine stuffing mix, butter and hot water. Mix together and put half in a 9x13” baking pan or casserole dish.
Sautee onion, celery, and butter in a medium pan.
In a bowl, mix together the cooked chicken, mayonnaise, water chestnuts, and mushrooms. Add to other half of crouton mixture and put in the casserole dish on top of croutons.
Beat together the eggs and milk. Pour over top of the mixture in the pan. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before baking and preheat oven to 325°F.
Mix together cream of mushroom soup and ½ cup of milk. Pour over top of casserole.
Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes. Then sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and continue to back until the cheese is melted.
*You can use other herb seasoned cubed stuffing mix, but the cubes may not be as dense so use much less water.

NOTE: This recipe was created years ago when Pepperidge Farm's Herbed Seasoned cubed stuffing came in 14 oz. packages. It's now in 12 oz. packages, so I usually get two packages and freeze the remaining mix for future casseroles.

Cooking with 'Friends': Bobby Flay's Lipton Iced Tea Grilled Chicken

Serves 4
2 c. Lipton Lemon Iced Tea
1 tbsp. light brown sugar
2 tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
½ small Spanish onion, chopped
1 small lemon, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ c. fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
12 sprigs fresh lemon thyme or regular thyme
3 tbsp. canola oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Grilled lemon, for serving
Brick wrapped in foil

Whisk together Lipton Lemon Iced Tea, sugar, salt, pepper, onion, lemon, garlic, rosemary, thyme in a bowl.
Put the chicken in a large zip bag and pour the marinade over. Press out the air and seal tightly. Marinate
chicken in refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
Thirty minutes before grilling, remove the chicken from the marinade. Pat dry on both sides and let sit at room
Heat the grill to high or a grill pan over high heat. Brush the chicken on both sides with the oil and season with
salt and pepper. Grill on both sides with brick on top until golden brown, charred and just cooked through,
about 4 minutes per side.
Let rest 5 minutes before serving. Serve with grilled lemon, if desired.
Serves 2
3 c. Lipton Mango or Peach Iced Tea, divided
Sliced lemon, for garnish, optional
Mint springs, for garnish, optional

Put 2 cups of the Lipton Mango or Peach Iced Tea in an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 4 hours. Put two 12-ounce glasses in freezer, if desired, to chill.
Once frozen, put ice cubes in food processor and process until it creates a fine shaved ice. Spoon the shaved ice into the frozen 12-ounce glasses, top each with ½ cup more of chilled Lipton Mango or Peach Iced Tea.
Drink immediately.