Friday, May 13, 2011

Celebrity Cook Along with Paula Deen

Today is the start of Lynn's Celebrity Cook Along with Paula Deen

at Happier Than A Pig In Mud!

I'm so glad that Blogger has fixed their problems & we can now post.
It would have been a shame to miss all the wonderful entries.

I made Paula's recipe for
Tomatoes Stuffed with Chicken Salad.

Its a wee bit different than ordinary chicken salad due to the addition of corn & red onions.

I used this handy little tool to scoop out the pulp.

What? You didn't know I was a gadget guru?
I kitchen gadgets of any kind!!!

My Dad bought this for me (I have no idea where) after I admired his.
It is wickedly sharp & does a great job...FAST!

Tomatoes stuffed with Chicken Salad

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen


  • 6 large tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked and cubed chicken
  • 1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup corn, drained
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Leaf lettuce or spinach leaves


Cut 1/2-inch off top of each tomato. Scoop out pulp from tomatoes.
Turn tomatoes upside down on paper towels to drain.
In a medium bowl, combine chicken, bell pepper, corn, and onion.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and next 6 ingredients.
Pour over chicken, tossing gently to coat.
Line tomatoes with leaf lettuce or spinach leaves.
Spoon chicken salad evenly into tomatoes. Refrigerate or serve immediately.
I didn't line my tomatoes, as my store bought ones were small.
Just wait till this year's crop of Heirloom tomatoes is ripe!
This basket is just ONE day's harvest from last year!
I also made Paula's really easy Grilled Cheesy Olive Bread.

Grilled Cheesy Olive Bread

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen


  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 loaf olive or Italian bread, halved lengthwise


In a bowl, combine the pepper jack cheese, olives, butter, cream cheese, and garlic powder with a hand-held mixer until smooth. Slather the cheese mixture over the cut halves of bread and sandwich the halves together.
Wrap the loaf in aluminum foil and put on the grill, or if broiling under the broiler. Grill or broil, 4 inches from the heat, turning once, until the edges of the bread are crisp and golden and the cheese mixture is melted, about 10 to 15 minutes total. Transfer the bread to a cutting board, slice and serve hot.

It was pretty good but the pepper jack cheese made it a bit too spicy for us.
We're wimps when it comes to hot stuff. I should have known better!

Hop on over to Lynn's blog & see what others are making.

I'm also going to link up to
Foodie Friday
with Michael Lee at

The Tablescaper,
for her

Seasonal Sundays

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful weekend!


p.s. Did you get lots done while Blogger was down???? LOL
I sure did!


  1. Oh, everything looks so delicious! The chicken salad is perfect for summer. I can't believe Blogger was down so long - I'm so glad it's back, though I did get a few things done I normally wouldn't have. :) This is my first time visiting your blog and it's absolutely lovely! I'm your latest follower.

  2. What a great meal Rett! At first I thought a Paula impostor wrote this recipe, seems too healthy... No butter or sour cream and only 1 Tblsp mayo? But then I see you made up for it with the bread:@) Can't wait for tomatoes from the garden (love your shark!), and I think I have to try the bread. Thanks so much for playing along!

  3. ooh, looks yummy. I am so glad blogger is back!!

  4. Oh that BREAD...butter, cream cheese AND pepper jack cheese (not too spicy for us!) Your chicken salad stuffed tomatoes look good too, definitely a recipe I want to try when it's tomato season! Love the addition of the corn and shockingly heathy for Paula :-)

  5. Wow, it all looks delicious! I have got to try the recipe for the chicken salad stuffed tomatoes.

  6. Wasn't that awful waiting for Blogger?!! So glad it is back.

    I am so excited, I think Lynn should run the party all month, now I want to try so many of Paula's recipes. That bread looks sinfully delicious. I love the addition of olives.

    Your table is just gorgeous and such a nice way to present the tomato cups. I can't wait for fresh tomatoes.

  7. Everything looks so good! I would love that chicken salad, and the cheesy bread looks divine!

  8. I have 2 of those tomato corers - great for strawberries too!

  9. Looks yummy! I never saw one of those tomato sharks! Neat!
    I think I would have to leave out the corn. I was looking for something to make that didn't have butter. Thought about her carrot salad, but it had corn in it. umm, no thanks!
    I am not into the hot stuff either.
    Have a great weekend, R!

  10. The tomatoes stuffed with chicken salad looks so good and your table setting is so pretty. I'm going to try that and the grilled cheesy olive bread.. OMGosh, I could eat the whole thing... well maybe only half. Both tablescapes really are pretty and show the food well.

  11. I totally missed blogger being down...we just returned from a marvelous trip in Italy. Thank you for the wonderful recipes and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

  12. Now, this is the first HEALTHY recipe I've seen from Mizz Paula...and it looks sooo good. I love chicken salad but never even THOUGHT of adding corn. Leave it to Paula to think of it, tho. :))
    Beautiful looking bread...
    I. LUV. BREAD.
    xoxo bj

  13. Rett, this looks delicious. I love chicken salad, but not so for tomatoes. Can I eat mine on an avocado? Or I'll just have it with that yummy bread! ~ Sarah

  14. Hola Rett, thank you for visiting my blog, yours is really awesome!!!
    hugs from Chile

  15. Rett, Your table is beautiful! I copied the tomato chicken salad recipe - looks great!
    Blessings, Beth

  16. I'm so hungry right now looking at your great pics! I love your plates too, the pink glass is so sweet, nice to mix and match like you did. The recipes are wonderful, I love the bread with olive oil, we love making this, but your recipe looks better! Thanks for sharing, and thank you for coming by and for the lovely and generous comments.

  17. Rett,

    Just plain yum! I have been so far behind blogging and visiting. I got up nice and early Friday to blog and visit and poof!

    So Donna and I went shopping and we missed you. We had lots of laughs. Decided we could not get bathing suits unless we had at least one dirty martini a piece!

    Getting ready to go up north. Gets to be more of a chore each year.


  18. Hi Rett
    Two super looking recipes to try, perfect for a light dinner on a summers evening.
    Totally missed the blogger problem as we were visiting the UK for the past two weeks!

  19. So pretty Rett and so inviting. Looking forward to the yummy tomatoes of summer. What a great way to kick up a chicken salad. And of course I love those layered plates!!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  20. This looks delicious! What a delicious luncheon menu this would be!

  21. The cheesy olive bread looks scrumptious. Loved the chicken salad recipe too. How great for a summer luncheon! Thanks for sharing.


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