Moist. Mooooist. MOIST. MOIST!!!! I have just read a bunch of articles that state that the word “moist” makes people feel uncomfortable.  (This article from Mental Floss was my favorite.) Apparently, it is now a word that people avoid at all costs….but not me…the word moist is not the worst word out there right now.

Election….that word sends chills down my spine.

Every time the news, Facebook or a friend brings it up, I want to run and hide. I’ve tried avoiding controversy and have told people I don’t talk politics. It doesn’t stop the chatter….it just gives a platform for them to just talk…and talk…and talk. (While they are talking, I’m usually thinking of my grocery list.)

I sometimes tell folks that I consider my thoughts on politics as personal as my views on religion. That doesn’t work because then they want to talk to me about faith and their belief system, their church and my pathway to hell. (Okay, no one has said I’m on that path but who are we kidding!)

There even have been times where I am pulled into the political discussion and decide to engage.   All I ever say is that the world is made of different people and we just need to respect each other. Amazingly, that does not invoke nods of agreement and choruses of Kumbaya.

So I’ve decided to change the direction of the conversation the only way I know how….I say the word moist. I really don’t care if moist is the proper response for the dialogue….it works and is a game changer!

People usually say “I don’t like that word” and go into a whole new discussion…off politics…. And I feel my mission is accomplished.

You see I understand that choosing the person to represent our country is a big deal but this is the first election since I’ve turned 18 that I don’t want to go to the polls. (And no, I didn’t just turn 18…that is so sweet of you to think that!)

I can say that I am scared to discuss the things that make the world uncomfortable and the emotional state of this country. I just hope that in the future months that time “moist” comes up in my life is when I’m discussing my chicken salad. (And this is how you do a segue to a recipe and get out of talking about this year’s election!!!!)

Cherry Dill Chicken Salad
  • Cooked chicken from 1 deli roaster chicken, picked off the bird
  • 2 stalks of celery, small dice
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Splash of milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh dill (I used 2 Tbsp because it was so fresh and delicious smelling that I couldn’t get enough)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of dried cherries
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  1. In a large bowl, mix chicken, celery and green onions. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix mayo, yogurt and dill.
  3. Thin it out a smidge with a splash of milk. (Think of a thick salad dressing consistency)
  4. Don’t add any salt and pepper yet.
  5. Add about half of the dressing to the chicken mixture so it is all moist. (Sorry, I had to…)
  6. Stir well.
  7. Add more of the dressing until you reach the creaminess you like.
  8. Stir in the cherries.
  9. Taste.
  10. NOW add some salt and pepper if you need it. I bought a VERY well seasoned chicken so I had to add little salt.
  11. I served mine on those little Hawaiian rolls because the store didn’t have any croissants and they were delicious!