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Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

This tasty Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad has a secret ingredient that gives the texture of the salad a wonderfully creamy texture. What is it ? Freshly whipped cream folded into the chicken, almond and grape salad. It works and it is wonderful. Serve on a bed of curly lettuce, with crackers or on a croissant. Enjoy!

Sharp White Cheddar No Knead Bread

Oh my goodness. This sharp white cheddar bread is so simple to make and tastes amazing. I've made a few no knead breads on the blog before. I have my go to No Knead Artisan Bread, a Chocolate and Orange No Knead Bread and even a No Knead Pizza Bread. The blog was due for an addition and this is a truly delicious addition indeed.

I came across this recipe at the food blog, Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice. As I was searching my archives, I realized I've actually posted two adapted recipes that came from Reeni at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice. The Mexican Street Corn and Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad, respectively. Reeni has a huge resource of recipes at her blog, be sure to pop over and find stuff to try. Many thanks to CS&EN for the recipe. Enjoy!

The crust has a really great cheddar flavor to it, so swipe those end pieces. add a bit of butter and enjoy them all to yourself.

Note: While the directions look long, this recipe is super simple, I swear. I wrote the directions in depth since people tend to have a lot of questions about no knead breads.

Sharp White Cheddar No Knead Bread
Makes one loaf


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour (or a mix of the two)
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast or 1/3 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 + 1/2 cups shredded extra sharp white cheddar
  • 1 + 1/2 cups lukewarm water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the shredded cheese and mix gently until the cheese is coated with flour.
  2. Add the lukewarm water to the flour mixture and stir well. The mixture will be a bit shaggy and sticky, that's normal. Cover the mixing bowl with saran wrap and let it sit out at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours.
  3. On a clean counter surface, sprinkle the counter with flour and turn the dough out onto the counter. Fold the dough over on itself a few times, sprinkling the dough as needed with a little flour to it doesn't stick to the counter. Tear off a piece of parchment paper that is larger than your Dutch Oven. Place the ball of dough in the middle of the piece of parchment paper. Cover the dough with a piece of saran wrap and let sit for 1 hour.
  4. After 40 minutes have past, turn on your oven and preheat it to 450f. Place your dutch oven with the lid on in the oven to warm up. Keep it in there for 20 minutes.
  5. After the dough has rested an hour and your Dutch Oven is heated through, very carefully remove the pot from your oven (remember to use your hot pads for the lid!). Set the lid aside. Carefully pick up the parchment paper with the dough on it and set it inside the pot. The bread will bake right on top of the parchment paper and nothing will stick to the pan. The edges of the parchment will turn a light brown while baking, this is normal.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid ON. Remove the lid and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the oven, remove the bread by grasping the parchment paper on both sides and lifting out of the pan. Let it cool for 20 minutes before slicing. 
  7. Store tightly covered in a cool, dry area for up to 3-4 days.

Recipe from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice.


  1. Oh my goodness this looks amazing. My husband loves sharp white cheddar, he's going to love this!

  2. Thanks lots & lots for making it and all the kind words Ali! Your pictures are gorgeous!! Oh that wonderful crust I want to eat it right up.


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