Recipe–Rebecca on Ree–Basic Chicken Salad, Cauliflower Soup, and Tres Leches Cake


My Baby turns two-year old today.  We just have a family day planned–nothing crazy–just a day at home together.

Can you see what he is so excited about?  Guitar picks.  That’s right.  He is his Daddi’s son, and regularly steals his Daddi’s guitar picks.  We have a beat up First Act guitar, that has survived four kiddos and a host of neighbor kids.

The joy of giving a two-year-olds gifts is that they LOVE them!!!  They are so happy with the first gift they open, that they don’t want to open anymore.

Breakfast for the Birthday Boy is over, and now it is time to get some cooking going.  Today, we are making BASIC CHICKEN SALAD (pg. 50) for lunch.

I had no fresh dill, so I had to used some dried dill.  I also used Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise.  I know PW hates Miracle Whip, but I rather like it.  I have never used half and half in a Chicken Salad recipe before, so this was new to me.  I was a little worried about adding it, as I had already squeezed on the suggested two tablespoons of lemon juice.  I was worried the cream would curdle.  It didn’t.  I don’t know why, but it didn’t.  I think I would be sure to follow the steps on this recipe exactly as adding the lemon juice right into the half and half will result in curdled cream.  (The lemon juice is stirred into the mayonnaise before adding the cream.)

At this point, I was interrupted.

Notice something different about these two girlies?

Guitar pick jewelry.  Crayon cigarettes yesterday, guitar pick ear rings today.  Who knows what they will think up tomorrow????

These Adventurers Two.

The Hunni joined me in the kitchen as he had some computer work to do.

These are the Display Board on which the additional Ypsi Doll outfits will be displayed and sold.  I find it so humorous that my “fashion unconscious” husband now discusses the difference between “fuchsia” and “coral.”  Actually, he can’t really tell the difference, but he is trying.  We both notice every single T-shirt that walks by.  We judge the weight of the fabric, try to count the number of colors screen printed on the T-shirt, notice how the shirt is finished, and wonder exactly where it was made and for how much.  You can visit our website here.

I’m hungry.  Let’s eat lunch.

Once again we headed outside to eat.  Pioneer Woman wrapped her BASIC CHICKEN SALAD in a crepe, but I used some flour tortillas.  For the kiddos, I just gave them Ritz crackers to use as scoops.  I like the “lightness” of her BASIC CHICKEN SALAD.  “Lightness” is in quotes as it certainly isn’t calorie free, but rather not mayo heavy.  I have had grapes in my CHICKEN SALAD before, and I rather like the taste.

But let’s catch up with the Birthday Boy again.

Here he is.  He came to me with the glasses on.  Sometimes you just need to step back to get the full picture.

Those are his sister’s shoes he has on.  Silly Boy.

That Silly Boy needs a birthday cake, so let’s bake him TRES LECHES (pg. 238)

“TRES LECHES CAKE” is “three milk cake” in Spanish (only you would say “torta” is some South American countries and “queque” in others for our English word “cake.”)  If you look at the picture, though, you could also call this 4 milk cake.

The cake is a sponge like cake made by beating the egg whites separately then folding them into the batter.  I accidentally dropped my bowl into the batter.  This is my favorite mixing bowl.  My mom has one just like it (only hers has a large crack running down the side) and she made all of her breads in her blue mixing bowl.  Right around the time of my wedding my Grandma took me shopping in Amish country to find a bowl just like my mom’s.  Now my Grandma has M.S. –multiple sclerosis–and getting in and out of cars and into antique stores isn’t easy for her.  So this bowl is special to me.

Do you have a special kitchen piece?  Something passed down from your grandmother or something with a story behind it?  Tell us about it in the comments section.  We’d love to hear your story.

After the cake has baked, it is inverted onto a tray, then poked a million times with a fork.

The three milk combination (sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream) is poured over the sponge cake.  I couldn’t get all of the milk mixture absorbed into the cake.  You can see in the measuring cup about how much I had left over.

While the cake is soaking up all the good stuff, we need to make some CAULIFLOWER SOUP (pg. 86).  Onions, celery, carrots, and cauliflower are cooked up in a cream based soup.  I didn’t know if anybody would like this soup, but I had all the ingredients on hand, so I made it anyway.

Before pouring the soup into the tureen, Ree Drummond recommends adding a large scoop of sour cream and pouring the soup over it.  I had purchased this canned heavy cream in the Hispanic section of my grocery store.  I remember seeing this used in Brazil.  I decided to use “Media Crema” instead of sour cream.

“Nestle Media Crema Table Cream

Made from pasteurized, homogenized and sterilized cow’s milk, Nestle Table Cream is pure, rich and delicious. Nestle Table Cream adds a touch of low carb luxury to soups, salads and sauces. It is also a delicious topping for fruits and sweets. Only 1 carb per serving.


I have seen it used in enchiladas and to accompany strawberries.  It seems quite versatile and is a canned good, so it can stay on the pantry shelf, or go with you on your camping trip, or be sent it to a missionary that is craving whipping cream in their back-of-beyond location.

CAULIFLOWER SOUP is on, but where is the Birthday Boy?

Happily playing in the dirt with his new cars.  Boys and dirt.  They go together like rain and puddles, or baseball and nicknames, or  basketball and trash talk’n, or mac and cheese. . . . Add your own analogy in the comments section.

Little Man was so hungry, he wanted to drink his CAULIFLOWER SOUP.  It was too hot, so The Daddi had to spoon feed him–FAST!

Considering that all the kiddos had seconds and even thirds, and that my cauliflower was on sale for sixty-nine cents, I think this recipe is a DO-AGAIN.

The Daddi is still working on our out-door grill.  Here he is making the base on which to pour the cement counter-top.

Cake is served.

Cake is devoured.

Three cheers for Three Milk Cake.

And two kisses for my dirty, two-year old.



COMMENTS:  The CAULIFLOWER SOUP was very budget friendly and with one or two more tries, I think I can make it without using the recipe.  I was very surprised that the kiddos liked it.  Actually, they all loved it.  BASIC CHICKEN SALAD will be a love of mine, but not the kiddos.  I think woman are partial to mayonnaise based salads and the rest of the world avoids them–potato salad, egg salad, tuna salad, pasta salad, etc. . .  TRES LECHES CAKE is a specialty cake.  It is VERY good, and I can even testify that it is good frozen as I snagged the last piece and hid it in the freezer for “safe keeping.”  I think it is something that I will crave at times, make, then not crave again for another year.  Although frozen, I might want it all the time.

Grade away, or add a comment about that heirloom kitchen piece you have.

La Cusinera,


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4 Responses to Recipe–Rebecca on Ree–Basic Chicken Salad, Cauliflower Soup, and Tres Leches Cake

  1. Bel McCoy says:

    Cauliflower soup is a favorite around here!!! Needs to be sprinkled with sharp cheese.
    I have the oval tray of stainless steel from my home…. used for celery, olives, etc. or cookies… it has Vauna’s name on the bottom as she specially wants it when I’m gone. Had my 5 girls over for brunch recently and had them look all over and decide what the want an put names on it. The cuckoo clock will have to travel, and the deer picture from Salzburg too.
    Just love your family!!!!! Blessings on you all!!!


  2. Bel McCoy says:

    Forgot to say the lunch on a tray looked SO good, and pretty, too.


  3. Kathy Tanner says:

    I am very intrigued by the glass milk jar. Darrell has been in the dairy business all his life and we have a little collection of bottles. Is that your private bottle you use to serve, or is it from a dairy?

    I want a piece of that cake. The coffee is ready.
    Well, I guess peanut butter cookies will have to do for tonight.

    Blessings to you and
    sleep tight you busy busy mama

    June 27
    Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day will bring forth
    ( Boast about Jesus and all His Blessings )


  4. whitsendmom says:

    The milk bottle was a gift. It actually came filled with a hot chocolate mix and a bow around the top. We have used it for milk ever since we dumped out all the hot chocolate mix that we didn’t like. It looks so much better than a plastic gallon of milk on the table.


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