Cooking chicken breasts slowly in simmering water ensures they'll be tender, not rubbery. Onion and salt in the water add flavor without fat. If you have them on hand, you can also toss in a bay leaf, lemon peel, or whole peppercorns.
Supermarket rotisserie chicken comes together with sweet grapes and savory bacon in a fast, fresh dinner. This dish uses just half of a rotisserie chicken. Shred or slice the leftover meat and use in a sandwich, quesadilla, or pasta dish for another quick meal.
This version of a smooth tuna salad keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days. Serve with fresh celery, radishes, carrots, and thin, crispy crackers.
From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).
When this pasta salad arrived on the picnic table, and where it came from, is a mystery. It may have been an offshoot of another creamy summer salad, the potato kind. Crisp celery, peas, and scallions punctuate this version, which is sprinkled with bits of ham and ground pepper and nutmeg.