If you’re like me you’ve been eating and partying through the holidays and now it’s time to pull back a little.  How about a super easy lite Chicken Cobb Salad? Ham instead of bacon and no hard boiled eggs thank you.  I love bacon, but honestly I don’t miss it in this lite salad

lite chicken cobb salad

Recipe serves 4


2  half chicken breasts – skinless boneless

1/2 lb ham steak (fully cooked)

Butter leaf lettuce

Romain and radicchio

cherry tomatoes

5 green onions – diced

2 avocados

1/2 C blue cheese

1/3 C red wine vinegar

2/3 C olive oil

2 tsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 clove garlic – minced

1/4 tsp sugar

salt and ground pepper to taste


Dressing:  Add to bowl red wine vinegar, mustard, garlic, sugar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir. Next slowly add the olive oil while constantly mixing. Cover and place in refrigerator.

Chicken:  Heat oven to 450 degrees.  Rinse and dry chicken. Add a Tbsp  of olive oil to oven safe fry pan. Salt and pepper the chicken. On medium high heat fry chicken for 3 minutes. Flip the chicken and transfer fry pan of chicken to the oven.  Bake for 8 minutes or until no blood runs when poked. USING OVEN MIT remove hot fry pan of chicken  to plate to set up.

Ham steak: Using store bought fully cooked ham steak slice into Julian pieces.

Cherry tomatoes: cut in half.

Avocado – remove skin and slice nice pieces to echo the ham.

Chicken:   Slice chicken in Julian pieces to echo other elements.

Plate 4 salad dishes with the greens and drizzle with dressing, Add ham, chicken, avocado, tomatoes and blue cheese. Add a little more dressing to new elements.

And that’s it, you just made a super good relatively lite dinner.


I was pleased when the world didn’t end last month. My working theory is the keeper of the Mayan calender fell off a cliff on the way to work eons ago and simply was unable to factor the next thousand years.  To compound the problem I opine that the youths of that era were too caught up in reality plays to bother to learn the calender trade.   My guess is we have a long time left as a group….its the individual I’m not so sure of.

I was skiing Mammoth last week with my youngest son and  friends from Redondo, Omaha, and Thailand. We were having a great time, no worries in the world. Good food, wine and conversation each night.  photo (8) One day I had the idea of taking the better skiers up to the top of the mountain to go down Cornice Bowl,  which on that day was groomed. We were all good skiers, and although that run is near vertical it’s always fun.  No, make that usually fun.

I led the way, buds in ears listening to tunes. I carved my way down the face a few turns and then heard a scraping sound. Almost immediately a body with no skis blew through me flipping me like a bowling pin. Both my skis blew off and now I was on my back streaking down the face. Having the sense to not try to jam my boot in the snow for fear of breaking my leg or starting a tumble scenario, and there being no people, cliffs, or huge rocks in my path  I spread my arms and rode it out feet first on my back.  After about a  400 foot slide I came to a nice safe stop.

I looked up and realized it was one of my friends who blew through me. My friend was up but moving slow. Eventually a kind stranger brought my skis to me, and even later my friend arrived – shaken up.

Why tell this story?  Don’t worry about end of the world predictions from a thousand years ago, pay attention to what’s happening now! Have a good time in the present cuz you never know as an individual what’s coming your way.

Oh, one more thing.  I have to admit, having survived the 400 foot slide, I can say Cornice was fun as usual.

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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