Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tea Room Recipes #3 - Just Like Grandma's (Osakis, MN)

The majority of my tea room cookbooks come from places I've never been, and one that I do believe I would enjoy visiting is called Just Like Grandma's in Osakis, Minnesota.

Apparently this tea room closes for the winter, and according to its Facebook page it will re-open in May. Any readers ever been here? Based on the recipes I've seen in this Just Like Grandma's cookbook, including the Chicken and Artichoke Salad I enjoyed this week, I would very much enjoy eating there!

After all the heavy foods I've eaten over the holidays, the idea of anything with "salad" in the title greatly appealed to me. This recipe is attributed to someone named Shan. I don't know Shan, but I surely did love Shan's recipe! My husband did too. He's an artichoke fan, so I figured he would like this, and it was such a great flavor change that I think we both appreciated it even more. It called for just 1/8 teaspoon curry, and I questioned whether that was enough since I really love curry. Indeed, this small amount added just the right zip to this salad!

Shan's Chicken and Artichoke Salad

1 box Rice-a-Roni, chicken flavored
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (reserve marinade)
1/2 cup sliced black olives, drained
1/2 small green pepper, finely chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
1-1/2 cups cooked, coarsely chopped chicken or turkey
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon curry powder

Cook rice according to package directions, reducing water by 1/2 cup. Let cool. Add artichoke hearts, olives, green pepper, celery, onions and meat. Mix reserved marinade with mayonnaise and curry powder, then add to other ingredients and blend well. Refrigerate until serving. Serves 4-5. This recipe was labeled a "Tea Room Favorite," and I can certainly taste why!


  1. This looks like a good recipe and I'm anxious to make it when it warms up a bit.

  2. I am a chicken salad fanatic. This is an interesting recipe. I'm not a major artichoke fan, so i'm not sure if I would appreciate this dish...

  3. I make a variation of this salad with shrimp instead of chicken and green olives instead of black olives. My recipe [which I got from my cousin] calls for 1/4 tsp. curry powder. It's always a hit whenever I make it.


  5. Oh what a fun one to try - I have the cutest cabbage Majolica little bowls that this would be so cute to serve in - and in warmer weather a cold salad such as this is a delight to serve, too.....have copied and put in my giant 3 ring notebook of recipes.

    Thank you so much, Angela!

    I think we need to do a US bus tour to all the cities and hit up each of the tea houses. Wouldn't that be FUN!?

    I have been gone most of the weekend and have missed posting and reading blogs for sure!

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs.

  6. I haven't been to that tea room, but the recipe sounds just like one my friend makes. It is really good---and I don't even care for olives or artichoke hearts!

  7. I haven't been to that tea room, but the recipe sounds just like one my friend makes. It is really good---and I don't even care for olives or artichoke hearts!

  8. Angela this will be a salad I'll try - it looks delicious & I think I have everything already in my pantry except the rice. I love something like this with a cup of hot tea for a light supper or lunch.

  9. Very tempting...and simple! I do love the cookbooks you much fun!

  10. Now I haven't purchased rice-a-roni in years, but now I must buy some and try this. It does sound delicious.

  11. Yummmmmm! Sounds delicious! I'm going to have to try this one!!!

  12. I'm really enjoying these posts. Back in the day when I had the room, I collected cookbooks from every city/restaurant/tea shop/B&B I visited. It's such a fun memento of a trip. I adore artichokes, so I'll definitely be giving this one a try! :)

  13. Looks like Grandma has a good recipe there!

  14. Hello Angela, this looks delicious! I would love to visit this place - we sometimes get to Minnesota (husband's relatives live there) so thank you for the review, Joanie


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