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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

This recipe is part of Linda Larsen's Elegant Sandwiches article.

The perfect chicken salad is made from freshly poached tender chicken breasts, mayonnaise with whipped cream folded in, and nothing else! You can gussy this up with grapes, or almonds, or celery, but I prefer to let the moist, creamy chicken shine through. Use the most inventive bread you can find - I always use the walnut-raisin boule.

4 whole bone-in chicken breasts
Water to cover

Poach the chicken breasts slowly in the water, until tender and white, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly, then let the chicken cool in its broth in the refrigerator. Remove skin and bones, and cut the chicken into large chunks.

Combine with 1 cup best-quality mayonnaise. Fold in 1/2 cup whipped cream just before serving. Spread on fresh bread and you're in for a truly decadent eating experience! You should get 8 sandwiches out of this chicken salad, but if you're like me, it may be only 4!

Linda Larsen is a freelance Home Economist with a degree in Food Science from the University of Minnesota and a degree from St. Olaf College. She has been on the Pillsbury Bake-Off staff since 1987, and was in charge of Internet Recipe Search in 2000. Linda has developed recipes for Pillsbury and Malt-O-Meal, presented food to taste panels, held cooking seminars, and owned her own catering business "The Perfect Occasion". She loves to cook and entertain, write about food, talk about it, plan parties, read cookbooks and develop recipes. She has a cookbook collection of at least 1000 books and reads them as though they were novels.

Linda's first meal was a Mother's Day dinner from the Betty Crocker Children's cookbook, prepared when she was 11. Since then she has hosted wedding and baby showers, birthday parties, business dinners and cocktail parties, and wonderful simple meals for friends. Join her and learn simple and elegant ways to entertain your family and friends during the week.

Linda is also the Home and Décor host for Bella Online. Make sure to visit her excellent site for design tips, articles, links, and recommendations relating to home décor.

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