(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

1 pkg (8 oz.) bar cream cheese
8 oz. carton sour cream
1 cup sugar
Approximately 2 lbs. seedless red grapes
Cubed and shredded meat from one rotisserie chicken
3 or 4 shakes/grinds (or 1 tbsp.) McCormick’s seasonings blend such as Roasted Garlic & Red Pepper OR Roasted Garlic & Herbs OR Italian Pepper & Onion OR Garlic & Onion Medley
Fresh pepper to taste
Lettuce, baby spinach, arugula OR other greens

  • Leave cream cheese out to soften at room temperature
  • Then mix cream cheese, sour cream and sugar until well blended
  • Gently fold in grapes and chicken and add desired seasonings and mix
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve (at least 1 hour)
  • Serve on a bed of lettuce, baby spinach, arugula, or other desired greens

½ cup oats and honey cereal or granola cereal
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped pecans

  • Mix together the cereal of choice, brown sugar, and pecans
  • Add to chilled salad when ready to serve, saving some to sprinkle as a garnish

Serve with sides of marinated roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, flat breads, or crackers.


  • means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
  • Chicken and grapes make a wonderful combination and there are many recipes available for other dishes that incorporate both
  • McCormick as well as many other companies make a wide variety of powdered spice blends

If you’d like to be a guest contributor to The Jefferson Chronicle’s Wooden Spoon, please email your recipe clearly noting all ingredients, measurements, and understandable directions to Carol.Punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com and type “The Wooden Spoon” in the Subject line.  Be sure to include your name, address, and a telephone number in the event we need to clarify any information.

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.