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April 23, 2009



Hi Kim,
The recipe sounds delicious~~I may try it this weekend. I can always use my grandson as a guinea pig...

Patty Boyd

Good morning Kim,
The recipe sounds marvelous. I will certainly try it soon. I love the Fiesta Ware!

Daisy Cottage

Good Morning Sweet Girls...
The celery in this makes it - really crunchy goodness!!


Yummo! Can't wait to make this salad! LOVE sweet tea too! Hope you have a beautiful day!

Lisa ~A Cottage to Me

Sounds like a keeper! I always enjoy your pictures, they are so refreshing!



I have those salt/pepper shakers - one aqua, one orange, to go in my aqua, orange, and brown kitchen. :)


Lea Harper

I would love to get my hands on one of those cook books!


Kelly Bergsing

That sounds delicious!! I will definitely have to try that. As for sweet tea, it is my favorite!! I actually looked up the calorie content on it and was shocked to find it has 580 calories. Aurgh!! That's ok. I have been doing so much gardening I am sure I have eaten up those calories... :)

Daisy Cottage

Kelly, really?????

uh oh....



Dearest Kim,
Are you sure you don't want to fly to Philadelphia and make Madigan + I some yummy hot chiken salad? That sounds nice, I haven't gotten out of the room to have breakfast or even coffee....
I will live vicariously through your photos!
Hug Maggie for us, Madigan loves her!
Valerie + Madigan


Good morning Kim :)

Would it be wrong to eat this at 9 am? I'm so hungry after reading this post, I don't know if I can wait for lunch time ;)

love you,

Betty Jo

I've made this before and it is WONDERFUL! I remember the very first time a friend served it for a lady's luncheon. It was so delicious and has been in my recipe box since then, and that was a lot of years ago. Love that southern sweet tea too! Take a photo of the finished meal for us so we can drool some more on our keyboards. Love your photos Kim. They always make me feel I'm actually there in Daisy Cottage. ♥

Carrie Murtha

Ooooooh my! This looks amazing! I am a vegetarian (darn!), but i am definitely going to have to make it for family members and guests! Thanks so much for sharing!
Happy Thursday!


Sounds yummy, Kim! x

Joy Jones

Hi Kim! Sounds Dee-Lish! What time should I be over for lunch?? : ) ~ xo Joy

Bobbie Lynn

Thanks and I'm always looking for new things to try and make for my family. This sounds wonderful and just in time for summer.

Crystal Sparks

I just love your house! The yellows and reds always make my heart smile! Can I just move in?? LOL I am totally kiding!

Blessings on you and your family! Thank you for the recipe!


Thank you for sharing this recipe, Kim. Whenever I see a recipe that includes a potato chip topping, it takes me back to younger days, when my mom used them on her casseroles. Aaah sweet memories of childhood...


Thanks for the recipe Kim. I know what I am making for lunch today! I know that my Dad will enjoy this. ~ I am really digging your red chair, BTW! ~ Robyn

debbie ragan



Always good to have another delcious chicken salad recipe. Almost as delicious as your colorful photos, which are always satisfying. Gorgeous pix Kim- the colors are divine.

Kelly Henderson

Oh that looks so yummy, Kim! I'm going to copy it and try it. Thank you!

Can't wait to hear what Maggie has to say :)


Yumm.. I can almost taste it!

Donna Warrington

The chicken salad sounds wonderful, can't wait to try it. The ice tea looked good as well...hahaha!

And, Maggie, go for it girlfriend, he's a cutie...


Haha I can't wait to hear Maggie's response! I love chicken salad, but I have never tried the hot version! Sounds great!

All the best,

Brenda Kula

Sounds delightful, Kim! Wish I could share a sandwich with you and have some of that iced tea. A perfect combination.


Oh Kim, how I love to come here just to drink in all the glorious color! I think I'd like to drink some of that sweet tea, too. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. :)


Kim, I was by earlier and snagged this recipe and we had it for lunch today. It was a hit with my husband, but I had had so many tastes while it was cold that I got spoiled by that. It's amazing cold! I will definitely be using this recipe (minus the chips) for my chicken salads in the future. Thanks so much for the recipe!

Florence Muma

Kim I just found your site and I love it. The bold crisp colors are so refreshing, thank you.


sounds good but your final photo looks yummiest to me.

love all the colors together -- blue, red, yellow ... lovely!



Oh! I've never had hot chicken salad, only cold. It sounds yummy, and anything with chips in it has got my attention!


Hi Kim!

Thanks for the recipe. Sounds yummy & easy! Can't wait to give it a whirl!


Kay in Kansas

P.S. Hugs to Miss Maggie!:)


I am copying that recipe! It sounds so good. Love all your beautiful photos.



Thanks for the recipe! Maggie is drawing them in like a magnet.

lesley ann austin

I have a very similar recipe but I pile the chicken salad into several pie crusts instead of a casserole, top with cheese and chips and bake ...yummy .I must make it soon. I often make it for showers and serve with a crunchy oriental salad, lovely crusty bread and butter and almond tea.

Lavender Dreams

Thanks for the recipes! I have been hungry for chicken salad! Love your flowers in the pail! Your home is always so cheerful!


I love Chicken Salad, although we make it a bit different than Southerners, but I'd like to make this! It would be a great supper on a coldnight and we have quite a few of those left!

Thanks Kim!


Kelee Katillac

Gorgeous images Kim!!

love, kelee

The Decorated House

Oh that does sound good! Thanks
Hugs, Donna


There is nothing I love more than chicken salad of any kind! And I always love to see your pretty images...they always make me smile!

Kipper is a bit jelaous right now...he has long had a bit of a crush on Miss Maggie and fears his silence has caused him to lose her. : ) It didn't help when I told him that Oliver was quite the handsome boy!

Have a sweet weekend Kim!



This sounds so good! I love warm chicken salad and it's time to break out the spring recipes. I'm always glad to find a new one. Thanks!


Sounds delicious, Kim! And I love the letter from Maggie, too.



Cindy Roberts

I so love your photos, yes, all of them! Each one is full of vibrant colors. They just make me happy!

Sweet Cottage Dreams

....and YES, your friends did love it! I remember that lunch like it was just yesterday. VERY, VERY de-lish!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the recipe!!!


buy lipton tea

Oh! thanks for the recipe, I really love Ice tea especially when it is full of ice. Hmmmmm... delicious. So refreshing.


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