UPC’s Chicken Salad Stuffed Mushrooms; What you’ll need and how to:
- 1 cup Shredded Roast Chicken (I prefer thigh meat)
- 3 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
- 4 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 10 ounces Crimini Mushrooms, hollowed for stuffing
- Optional Spices: Turmeric (not too much; already in mustard), Italian Seasoning, Sea Salt, Pepper, Chile Pepper
- Cook and shred the chicken (I roasted the whole chicken overnight with carrots, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon)
- Cut the shredded chicken into smaller chunks while adding the coconut oil and mustard. Cut this as finely as you have patience to.
- Hollow out the mushrooms for stuffing.
- Carefully spoon the chicken salad into the mushrooms, filling to just above the top of the mushroom.
- Bake in an oiled bake pan at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, or until serving.
First, pull the stem off; hopefully this will leave it almost fully hollowed. Then with a spoon (or a butter knife for smaller mushrooms) scrape the fins off the inside of the mushroom, as well as any of the stem that didn't pull out. If you're feeling adventurous, try to pull out some of the meat from the bottom of the mushroom too - but be careful, you don't want to break through! This makes more room for the stuffing.
UPC’s Chicken Salad Stuffed Mushrooms
I’ve been doing a lot of work with chicken lately. I think that’s mostly because chicken is a great winter food. I don’t really know why, it just is… I find myself basically ignoring chicken all spring, summer, and fall; but when winter comes around, I start craving it. I’ve had a Roast Chicken several times in the last month, I eat chicken soup quite regularly, and I’ve been re-using my roast chicken leftovers as chicken salad. And once I’m done with one chicken, I go and order up another!
My musings and ramblings…
Today, I’m going to talk about the cold, and the heat. It was 3 degrees Fahrenheit outside this morning. Here in NYC, that’s a record low. Despite the impressive levels of cold, I looked around me this morning and couldn’t help but see obvious and pointed signs that there is some sort of “Global Warming” going on. To me, it’s as obvious as the nose on my face. Here is what I see that makes this seem so obvious to me:
1. I am not entirely sure why, but every single “Winter Photograph” of NYC from before about 1970 has snow in it. Not only the photographs, the artwork, the paintings… Snow was a normal and regular part of the NYC denizen’s lives. There was sledding in Central Park, the ice rinks in Central Park and Bryant Park were all frozen naturally, and stayed frozen all winter long. There are even somewhat old photographs and paintings of the Hudson being completely frozen over. I am no expert on these things, but a cold snap like what we have today is insufficient to freeze over the Hudson River; instead, there needs to be a prolonged period of temperatures below 32. Again, despite the impressively bitter cold that we’re experiencing, it was 50 only a few days ago. And a week before that, it was 60! Obviously, these are only my observations – and I’m no expert here. But they’re worth considering in the grand scheme of things. After all, in the 10 years that I’ve been here in the NYC area, I’ve never seen the Hudson even approach being frozen over.
2. It’s cold out there. Really cold. But here’s the thing: if the temperatures were sustained below freezing, it wouldn’t feel as cold to us. We would be more used to it. Again, I am no expert on these things, but I do happen to be speaking from experience. I grew up in northern Vermont, where temperatures at or below 0 were fairly common in the winter. And believe it or not, it wasn’t that uncomfortable for us. We were used to it. That’s not to say that it wasn’t cold; just that it wasn’t as cold as it seems to be now. I’m not as used to these temperatures anymore! Part of that, of course, is that I live 500 miles south of where I grew up. And that’s OK. But part of that ties back to what I pointed out above: that we don’t experience the prolonged winter conditions that NYC used to have.
3. There are more record highs than record lows. As I mentioned above, we had 50 degrees just a few days ago, and the first day of “Winter” came to NYC with a temperature of 65 degrees outside. That was a new record, breaking the previous record of 62, which was set in 2011. So, we might be seeing wildly cold days – but we’re seeing wildly warm days too. And more of them. The previous cold record is 118 years old. The previous warm record? 2 years old.
I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything here. These are just my observations, and they seem particularly poignant today, while I was walking around in record cold temperatures and there was no snow to be seen anywhere. Why was there no snow? Because it was 50 degrees a few days ago, and it all melted! It’s not like we didn’t have any; just last week we had a snow storm big enough to keep many people home for 2 days! It’s just that as soon as the snow fell, there was heat and rain to clear it all off. And then this cold snap came.