Sunday, July 11, 2021

Welcome Guest Elizabeth J. Duncan--Chicken Salad with Dried Mango #recipe #giveaway


Leslie Karst here, and I'm pleased to welcome special guest Elizabeth J. Duncan back to the kitchen. The author of two series, the Penny Brannigan mysteries set in North Wales, and Shakespeare in the Catskills, featuring costume designer Charlotte Fairfax, Elizabeth is a two-time winner of the Bony Blithe award for Canada's best light mystery. In pre-pandemic days, she divided her time between Toronto, Canada, and Llandudno, North Wales. And yes, there's a GIVEAWAY! Take it away, Elizabeth:  


Summer eating is in full swing, and what could be better than an easy update on classic chicken salad? Whether you’re packing for a family picnic or entertaining friends at lunch on the porch, patio, or balcony, this tasty salad is sure to become a seasonal standby. Delicious served on a bed of lettuce, topped with toasted slivered almonds, or as shown here, delightful as a sandwich filling.



And this recipe fits in well with today's trend of substituting whatever you've got in your pantry.

(Note: quantities listed below were halved for my single-person household but you can make in any quantity you wish.)

Chicken Salad with Dried Mango (serves six)

4 cups cooked chicken breast (Rotisserie is just fine)
1 cup red grapes, halved
1 cup green grapes, halved  (or all one colour if that's what you have on hand)
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped. (I substituted dried mango)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (I substituted equivalent amount of honey mustard)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper, to taste



In a large bowl combine the first six ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, honey mustard, salt and pepper. Pour into chicken mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate until needed.


GIVEAWAY:

I usually spend October to March in Wales, so my thoughts are already turning to winter travel plans, pandemic permitting. Do you normally get away in the winter, and if so, where? 

Comment below (be sure to include your email address) to be entered in a competition to win a signed hardback copy of On Deadly Tides, #11 in the Penny Brannigan series. Entries welcome from Canada and the U.S. 



About On Deadly Tides: With a picturesque black and white lighthouse, pebble beaches and stunning views of sea and mountains, the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales is the perfect place for an idyllic mid-summer painting holiday. And watercolour artist, businesswoman, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan is enjoying the retreat enormously - until she discovers the body of a New Zealand journalist on a secluded beach just as the tide is going out, threatening to take the body with it.

The post mortem reveals the victim died from injuries "consistent with a fall from a great height," and the death is ruled accidental. But Penny thinks there's more to the story. Curious how the victim came to such an untimely end at this most inhospitable spot, she uncovers a link to a mysterious disappearance several years earlier.

And as her holiday romance with a wildlife photographer turns to love, she learns some truths about herself, too, that surprise her. As the winds of change blow through Penny's own life, she sets sail on a friendly tide for a future she never dreamed possible, in a beautiful place she never imagined


To connect with Elizabeth:



Website: www.elizabethjduncan.com
Twitter: @elizabethduncan
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/elizabethjduncan




51 comments:

  1. Chicken salad and a mystery. Such a nice combo. I normally don’t travel in the winter. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

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    1. Chicken and mystery, yes indeed--ha!

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    2. Staying home for winter with a cozy mystery is always a good idea!

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  2. I can't go anywhere over winter but it's sure nice to think about when it's -30!
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I can imagine! It rarely gets that cold in Santa Cruz, where I live.

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    2. It gets cold here in Toronto where I live, but maybe not that cold!

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  3. Wow! The recipe for Chicken Salad with Dried Mango sounds heavenly. I love everything in it, but have never thought to combine them this way. However, I sure will be trying it and bet this recipe is a keeper for me.

    Living in the deep south, where we don't have the hard winters as the north, but we have very unpredictable weather in the winter. As a general rule, we do our longer spells traveling to explore new sights and go back to visit favorite ones in other season than winter. We do, however, while keeping a close eye and ear to the weather, take short trips to explore places to find that just right present, to photograph the migratory birds, take in an antique event, or go the the state north of us to visit hubby's 91 year old mother during the winter. Being retired, I've become pretty good in last minute trips keeping some of the essentials already packed and ready to go at a days notice.

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy of "On Deadly Tides"! Not only would I be thrilled to read and review, but a signed hardback copy would be an excellent addition to my personal library which many of my friends enjoy as well. Shared and hoping to be the fortunate one selected.

    Have a fabulous Sunday and may the upcoming week be all you wish it to be!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. If you try the recipe, hope you enjoy it! Hope you have a good week, too.

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  4. Lovely giveaway and perfect summer recipe. When we lived in the Great White North it was necessary to get away in the winter. An escape from the cold, and dreary days. Florida was the destination which was ideal. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, I can imagine that Florida would be a great relief from the Great White North!

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    2. A cold, dreary afternoon is a good excuse to curl up with a good book!

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  5. Your book sounds captivating and the recipe so yummy and enticing. We don't go away in the winter since our winter weather is moderate and easy with abundant sunshine all year. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hope you'll give both the book and recipe a try!

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  6. Now that things are (somewhat) quieting done, we're spending a month in Maine. It seems strange to be out and about. Some businesses still require masks, most do not.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Maine is lovely any time of the year. Last time I was there we saw a moose!

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  7. Would love to read your book! You are a new author to me. We don't travel in the winter. We can get a lot of snow in the winter. Thanks for the chance.

    jarjm1980(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Hi! Hope you'll give one of my books a try.

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  9. My husband has alzheimer's so we are't going anywhere. Lots of reading though.
    terry0743@aol.com

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    1. I'm sorry to hear about your husband. Glad you can find a bit of escape in reading.

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  10. Nope stay put. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  11. The recipe sounds so good, new author and series for me! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. The recipe sounds delishious!! Thank you for sharing.
    lindalou64(@)live(dot)com

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  13. I make chicken salad with dried cranberries but never thought of trying a different fruit.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  14. We usually travel in the fall when it’s offseason and the crowds are thinner. No place in particular. Is this book meant to wrap up the Penny Brannigan series?
    patdupuy@yahoo.com

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    1. Autumn can be the best time of year for travel for exactly those reasons. The series might end here ... or it might not! I am currently on a writing break.

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  15. The cover is amazing. The recipe sounds delicious. Thank you for the chance the book sounds interesting and fun to read.

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  16. Donakutska7@gmail.com
    No I don't travel much. I read instead.

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  17. Delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. That sounds wonderful - well this year I'll go with the Moody Blues singing "reading is the best way to travel".

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  19. Your chicken salad looks delicious, I really like the addition of the mango. I do take a vacation in the winter, but I go North not South. I like going home to Michigan and visiting my Sister and friends and family around Christmas and New Year's.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Spending the holidays with friends and family sounds most enjoyable.

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  20. Wow! The chicken salad sounds delicious and the book sounds intriguing! What a great combo! We don't usually travel during the winter but we plan on doing so when we retire. Renee - rwilson(at)ws4r(dot)com

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    1. Hope you'll try both the salad and one of my books!

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  21. No, we do not usually travel in the winter.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  22. I would go to sunnier skies in the winter if I could! Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. My family has traveled on holiday cruises in December! So much fun!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I've got to catch up with this series, sounds as great as the chicken salad! Besides visiting with family, we used to travel to the Caribbean and enjoyed fun in the sun, eating seafood, meeting locals, snorkeling, sightseeing and just relaxing. lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

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