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090518 – Greek Chicken Salad
090518, 9:05 pm
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Big Greek SaladWhat better to go with my new Christopsmosos loaf?  Plus, after a full day of bread baking, i am ready to take it easy with dinner.  Joe made the dressing and i marinated and cooked the chicken.  It would have been better grilled, but we don’t have access to one.


  • red lettuce
  • feta cheese
  • red onion
  • sliced sun dried tomato
  • kalamata olives


  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 T rosemary
  • 1 T oregano
  • 2 t thyme
  • 1 t salt
  1. Marinate the chicken for 8 hours (i only got in 3 1/2 and it was still good).  Cook in a pan (scoop in some of the sliced garlic and rosemary as well) or on the grill for 15 minutes per side – or until golden brown.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  1. shake it all together in a carafe.


090518, 3:35 pm
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Golden Brown Christopsomos

Well, this serves me right.   In preparation to make this bread – the second assignment of the BREAD BAKER’S APPRENTICE CHALLENGE – I had looked at other participants bread photos online.  In comparison to the bread photographed in the book, i thought that the shape of the challenge members swirls were lacking.  I thought to myself ‘this is going to be EASY – I am going to have the most gorgeous loaf of all!’  Although i had a great time shaping the loaf, it is clear to see that it was not as easy as i anticipated.

I actually took this Artos – Greek Celebration Bread* one step further to create Christopsomos.  Don’t ask me to pronounce that.  It is basically Greek Celebration Bread with some golden raisins, dried cranberries, and toasted walnuts thrown in.  I love bread with lots of stuff in it, and i love dried fruit, so i couldn’t resist. In fact, i was so antsy to add the fruit that i didn’t fully read the recipe instructions and put it in a step to early.  I was supposed to kneed the dough for 8 full minutes before adding the goodies, but instead, i mixed it in before the dough was fully formed and kneaded it all together.  This could be part of the reason why my dough did not fully double in the 1:45 that i allowed it to proof (it was only supposed to take 90 minutes).

I am waiting for Joe to come home to cut it up, so i will post more photos later!

ALSO – check out my photos on flickr!

One more thing – if anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas, or maybe a half-birthday gift – i have a suggestion!

*out of respect for this wonderful book and it’s copyright, i will not publish the recipes on my blog.  You may find the recipe (or at least part of it) on googlebooks.