I had two large chicken breasts thawing in my refrigerator.  I wanted to make a chicken salad but try something different from the way I usually prepare it.  I began to research my cookbooks and came across this KEEPER recipe in a cookbook titled Best of the Best from New England Cookbook.  The editors are Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley.  They selected the most popular recipes from leading cookbooks in the New England states and featured them in their book.  This week’s recipe was originally from a book titled What’s Cooking at Moody’s Diner.

The cookbook was a gift from Theresa Stewart, mother of my grandson Andrzej.  It was June 2007 and she was visiting Andrzej, at that time a student at MIT University in Boston, Massachusetts.  I was delighted while shopping, she remembered me in such a special way.

I have recently discovered curry powder.  It perked up the flavor of this otherwise ordinary chicken salad.  There were no green grapes available at the grocery store so I substituted seedless red grapes. Actually, I preferred the red grapes and was pleased with the change.

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Lemon-Ginger Chicken Salad

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup sour cream

1 Tbsp. sugar

½ tsp. lemon rind

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

½ tsp. ground ginger

½ tsp. curry powder

2 cups cooked chicken, cubed (I used Chicken breasts, shredded)

1 cup green grapes (I used red grapes, halved)

1 cup sliced celery

¼ cup toasted almonds (I used sliced)

In large bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, lemon, rind, lemon juice, ginger, and curry powder.  Fold in chicken, grapes, and celery.  Toss to coat.  Chill before serving.  Serve on cantaloupe halves and sprinkle with toasted almonds.  I had no cantaloupe and instead served it with crackers.  Excellent flavor.