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Chris H. Olsen is a nationally known home and garden guru, designer, author, TV personality and public speaker. In his book, Chris shares his landscape and gardening knowledge along with his unique flair for home decor and design. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
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Curried Chicken Sandwich - Ingredients

Burgers aren't the only grilled things we want to eat with our hands. Thanks to a flavorful brine and a supershort cook time, sandwich-friendly boneless breasts take on a whole new life between two slices of bread.
Ingredients

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 pound), halved horizontally
1/4 recipe Curry Brine
4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1/2 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon plain whole-milk yogurt
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon mayonnaise plus more for serving
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
4 large or 8 small slices country-style bread
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup picked dill with tender stems
Preparation

Combine chicken and Curry Brine in a large resealable plastic bag, seal, and turn to coat. Chill at least 4 hours. Prepare grill for medium-high heat.

Combine celery, fennel, yogurt, lemon juice, celery seeds, and 1 tablespoon mayonnaise in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Set slaw aside.

Grill chicken until cooked through, 5-7 minutes per side. Brush bread on both sides with oil and grill until toasted, about 2 minutes per side; spread with mayonnaise. Build sandwiches with bread, chicken, slaw, onion, and dill.

DO AHEAD: Chicken can be brined 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.

 

Appetizer

Edamame-and-Pear Crostini

Donatella Arpaia is the owner of Anthos and Mia Dona in New York City, and a judge on Food Network's The Next Iron Chef.

Health MARCH 2010

Yield: Makes 10 servings (serving size: 3 crostini)
Ingredients

1 (16-ounce) bag frozen shelled edamame
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped mint
1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 baguette
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
diced, peeled Bartlett pears
Garnish: fresh mint
Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°. Cook edamame in salted boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon, and place in ice water; drain. Set aside 1/4 cup whole edamame, and process the rest in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Combine mashed edamame with reserved whole edamame, 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 cup chopped mint, pecorino Romano cheese, salt, and black pepper. Thinly slice baguette, brush lightly with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil; bake for 10 minutes. Top each baguette slice with 1 tablespoon edamame mixture and 2 teaspoons diced, peeled Bartlett pears. Garnish with additional mint, if desired.

Craft

Many homes have fireplaces or propane stoves inside, but there's nothing quite like enjoying a fire pit under the stars in your own backyard. On a cool night in the summer, you can cook up a feast of hot dogs in your fire pit, while in the chillier months, nothing beats a fireside snuggle in your most comfortable chair.

Of course, a fire pit can be as simple as a hole in the ground with stones haphazardly stacked around it. But believe it or not, in only a few hours, you can rather easily build a fire pit that is considerably more attractive (and safer), one that'll really get you and your guests fired up.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- Shovel
- Measuring tape
- Marking paint
- Wood stake
- Concrete retaining wall blocks
- Sand
- Level
- Rubber mallet
- Masonry adhesive
- Crushed stone

Drink

Classic Manhattan
The Manhattan cocktail—now this is what the Manhattan Project should've been about.

Ingredients:
• 2 ounces rye whiskey
• 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
• 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
• Maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions:
Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the cherry.

• Knob Creek Manhattan
Knob Creek bourbon is a fantastic whiskey to mix into specialty cocktails.

Ingredients:
• 2 ounces Knob Creek bourbon
• 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
• 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
• Dash bitters
• Maraschino cherry garnish

Directions:
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

 

Plants

Purple Millet

 

The latest Chris H. Olsen news!

September 14th, 2014 - Build a backyard fireplace! They are awesome! - Video

September 13th, 2014 - Make a lasting pet memorial - Video

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September 3rd, 2014 - Show support for your favorite football team - Video

August 25th, 2014 - Chris' store Botanica Gardens keeps all kinds of cool fountains in stock. Video

August 24th, 2014 - How about some help with your summer garden? Let Chris Help

August 11th, 2014 - It's time to TRIM those TREES - Video

August 4th, 2014 - Everyone collects something! Why not living plants? Video

July 26th, 2014 - Updating your bathroom can add so much to a home. Look at how this one was done! - Video

July 23rd, 2014 - Why not a plant collection? Video Feed Birds? Do it in style! Video

July 22nd, 2014 - Create a "Destino" out of your front or back yard! - Video

July 21st, 2014 - Latest Creations! Summertime Prep for the Holidays and Garden Hose Wreath!

July 13th, 2014 - Houseplants really can make the home especially in groupings - Video

July 6th, 2014 - Use Lanterns in your Yard for a great effect - Today's Home

July 2nd, 2014 - Chris has some awesome July 4th ideas - Video 1 and Video 2.

June 28th, 2014 - Why not save $$$ and re-do the bathroom with accessories? Learn more

June 25th, 2014 - How about a Red, White and Blue Centerpiece! Video

June 23rd, 2014 - Every year when Chris goes to the Dallas Market people want to know - what does market look like? Well - Chris made a couple of iPhone videos to share with you. Video 1 and VIdeo 2.

June 23rd, 2014 - You know GREEN is a COLOR! Remember that in your landscaping! video

June 22nd, 2014 - Chris wants to educate you about dealing with slugs and snails - video

June 21st, 2014 - Why not make a Garden Treasure Jar? - video

June 14th, 2014 - Have bland walls? DO NOT put up just anything to fill space! Make a personal statement with your walls - see video

June 11th, 2014 - How about some tips on taking care of Day Lilies - and some Father's Day gift ideas!

June 10th, 2014 - Ready to make-over your Master Bedroom? Bring it to perfection with tips like these! - video

June 9th, 2014 - Here are some unique ideas for using Bling Bling - PLUS us Basket Spheres!

 

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