RDJ-- Chicken Pasta Salad, 08-07-12
Aug 07, 2012 05:59 PDT
Volume 15 Number 139
US Library of Congress ISSN: 1530-3292
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Chicken Pasta Salad
2 cups cooked small seashell pasta (about 1 cup uncooked pasta)
1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast (about 6 ounces)
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup shredded yellow squash (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup fresh corn kernels (about 1 ear)
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
Combine the first 9 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine rice vinegar
and remaining ingredients in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Pour
vinegar mixture over chicken mixture, and toss gently to coat. Serve at
room temperature or chilled. Makes 8 servings.
Amount per serving
Calories from fat: 29%
Saturated fat: 1.2g
Monounsaturated fat: 4.7g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
By Walt Mills
Savannah was built on the cliffs overlooking the Savannah River, and
most of the town is built up much higher than the river. To get from the
cliffs above, down to the shops and restaurants along the riverwalk
below, we took either curving cobblestone streets or plunging alleys, or
else the staircases that descended steeply here and there at various
places along Bay Street.
On one of those occasions when we were looking for a stairway to get
down to the river, we came across a series of elevated walkways that
hung above one of the descending streets. At the end of one walkway, we
were surprised to find a library, tucked among shops providing tourists
the things they want to buy on vacation, like trolley tickets and
sunglasses and praline candies.
My whole family has an addiction for libraries, and my older daughter
has just taken this love to the extreme and finished her bachelor’s
degree in library science this year, so we had no choice but go in.
It was just a small branch library, open a couple of hours a day in the
afternoons and not at all on the weekends. It was only by chance that we
found them open at all. It was called the Ola Wyeth Library, after some
old sainted lady of the town, I suppose. It was a single long narrow
room with a couple of patrons sitting out of the heat and two
middle-aged lady librarians, helpful as librarians invariably are.
It seems like every town or city I’ve ever visited I’ve stopped at their
library, and often that was the highpoint of my visit. This was no
exception. It was like walking into a friend’s house and meeting other
old friends, shelves and shelves full of old friends.
They had a few dozen retired books for sale on a shelf near the front
door, and there I found on sale for a dollar, a classic science fiction
book from the fifties that I had long desired to reread. James Blish’s
Cities in Flight is a four-book series about the far future when
antigravity devices lift entire cities into space from a dying Earth.
It’s a space opera mixed with shrewd commentary on politics and society,
and a lot of scientific speculation that is still remarkably not
I have been rereading the collected novels, and at a quarter apiece,
they are the best value of my vacation. The memory of the little library
in the sky will linger long after the trolley tours are forgotten and
the pralines are all consumed. The libraries always are open when I
visit them again in my mind.
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