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8 June 2018: Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad

June 8, 2018

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Chicken Salad, Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad, Historical Southern Cooking

Old Fashioned Southern-Style Chicken Salad, yes, with saltine crackers
We were just home from a quick trip to Charleston to catch up with my friend and mentor Nathalie Dupree and get in a couple of Spoleto concerts. It was midafternoon and we were tired and hungry. The refrigerator gave up a bit of leftover poached chicken and, because I’m Southern, there’s always mayonnaise and what the old cooks called “made mustard.” A quick survey turned up a nearly empty jar of bread-and-butter pickles that needed to be finished off, and while the celery was old and not very promising, there’s always onions in the pantry.

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