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I am aware that my posts have been a bit sporadic lately, but I think I've had a pretty good excuse.  Life.  And the house guests that come with it.  Brian and I have been playing host and hostess to a slew of old friends these last couple of weeks, which has been just fabulous but also very time-consuming.  We've had a barbeque on our back deck, nights out on the town, quiet evenings in with a bottle (or two!) of wine and, the best by far, a weekend get away to West Virginia.  Specifically, LostRiverModern, our favorite modern, pre-fabricated cabin in the woods.


I know that this is a food blog.  But you have to understand that I am also a designer, armed with 6 years of education at two different architecture schools and several years of practical experience.  And I simply cannot return from such a fabulous place with such wonderful memories and not share it with you.  I just can't.  So please bear with me - there are plenty of food photos and I even have a recipe for a simple and healthy chicken salad waiting for you at the end. And, when you're through, you should really check out LostRiverModern's website and blog.  And then book yourself a weekend get-away.  You won't be disappointed.  


I'll be back to regular recipe posting this week, as I have a backlog of drafts to publish.  And, thank you all for the very sweet comments on my last post for key lime butter cookies. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.  As for the cookies, I made a batch (for the third time - in one week) to take with us to the cabin.  They were gone the first day.  



[taken when we visited last October]


[potato salad with olives]


[burgers with roasted cherry tomatoes and pepper jack cheese]


[turkey and veggie chili mac]


[many games of rummy - I had to throw this in because of my incredible, once-in-a-lifetime lead.  In case you can't read it, my column says "550" while Brian's says "20".  Oh yes.]


[the owners are dog-friendly!!!!!]



We can't wait to return.  Many thanks to Chris and Sarah for sharing their beautiful home.


Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

serves 4 as a filler for a lunch wrap or a side with dinner


  • 3 medium chicken breasts, cooked (I baked mine for 35 minutes at 350*, with a bit of olive oil and salt + pepper]

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

  • 3 tbsp plain, nonfat yogurt

  • 3 tbsp honey mustard dressing (I make my own and keep it in the fridge, always, using this recipe)


  1. Mix it all together.

  2. Chill for 1 hour before serving.

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Reader Comments (31)

how fun, I am so trying that chicken salad!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterbobbi

What a gorgeous getaway! Lovely photos.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterrunsarah

I LOVE the picture of you two on the deck! And I LOVE couples named Chris and Sarah!

I'm glad life has been good to you. I double checked my Reader today to make sure I hadn't missed your posts ;)

Have a good week, Andrea!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wow, what a lovely post! Gorgeous photos!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

No worries, dear Andrea!! Keep enjoying life and just blog when you can - I'm still a loyal reader!! :-D

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

Looks like a lovely weekend getaway! Dog-friendly places are the best :)

I love dried cranberries & walnuts in chicken salad - wonderful flavor combination.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Niiiice weekend! Everyone looks so nice, the house, your dogs, the food, and especially you two!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMica

Lost River Modern looks absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing, your pictures are gorgeous as usual.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

The picture of the two of you is priceless. Just gorgeous. Looks like a wonderful getaway.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterrunningwithfood

WOW! That place looks amazing!!! I checked out there website, it's actually really reasonably priced as well!

Love all your pictures as usual - the pups and the one of you and the hubs are just too sweet!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Gorgeous place in WV!! The scenery there is just incredible. We always went to Ogelbay every summer in Wheeling...have you ever heard of it??

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenteriowagirleats

What a divine getaway! Are Chris and Sarah personal friends or did you meet them solely through renting? Too bad I'm not closer to WV!



04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather

When I saw that picture of you two I didn't even think twice before I went "AWWW" . You both look so happy =)

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

that place is beautiful! I should look into that place; we're only 20 minutes from the WV line.

Glad you guys have been having fun!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

The picture of the two of you is adorable!! That cabin looks fantastic!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterksgoodeats

that chicken salad sounds so fresh and delicious!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterraspberryrunner

hi there! i found your blog through foodgawker - my goodness, those photos are GORGEOUS! and you two are one smashing couple!

and that chicken salad, the original reason as to why i clicked on your blog (but now my focus has turned to the beautiful home) looks absolutely delicious. what a nice combination of tart + sweetness + crunch!

may i add you to my blogroll? :)

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterPearl

Y'all are precious. I can't imagine how nice it was to get away for the weekend to such a beautiful house.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhitneyinchicago

What a sweet picture of you and your hubby! And a gorgeous house - I know what you mean about appreciating good design. I worked in architecture before moving out here to Chicago and I haven't stopped forcing Dave to look at awesome houses and buildings.

I LOVE that the chicken salad doesn't use mayo...I'm not sure why, but I never got on the mayo train.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterWiggs

It's the second time I read about this place in one year...sign it could be our next "break and breathe" spot.
Love the chicken salad!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTartelette-Helen

ok - i wanna go and am about to forward this link to my boyfriend. it looks amazing and dog friendly??!! love it.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterlauren (athlEAT)

I just want to say that I love posts like this. No need to apologize for posting about other things on a food blog. I personally like seeing life on a blog in more ways than just food :)

And your life looks fantastic! What an amazing trip.

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Love the love picture. So sweet. :) LostRiverModern looks amazing. Fall is my favorite season, and I loved those pictures. Sometimes, it's nice to see something other than food. However...those burgers did looked mighty fine. :)

What a beautiful home! It looks like it belongs in the pacific northwest. I've never been to West Virginia, but I imagine it as being one of the most beautiful places in the country.

You shouldn't be ashamed to have non-food things in a blog. It's about life...not just food.
And you did have a great chicken salad recipe!

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

wow - this place looks so great! and of course you shouldnt feel like you should apologize for sporadic posts - its YOUR blog =)

04.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSweet and Fit

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