SHERYL CROW'S

CHICKEN TACOS

The singer shares a healthy and kid-friendly dish from her new cookbook

SLOW-COOKED SALSA CHICKEN TACOS

Serves 4

1½ cups chicken stock

1½ cups mild salsa

2 (8-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breasts

8 taco shells or whole-wheat tortillas

2 cups shredded lettuce

1 cup diced tomatoes

1 cup shredded cheddar or provolone cheese

4 tbsp. sour cream (Crow recommends using all organic ingredients if possible)

1. In a large saucepan, bring stock and salsa to a simmer over medium heat. Add the chicken and simmer covered, until tender, about 1½ hours. Remove from pan and cool. Reserve cooking liquid.

2. Shred chicken and put it in a bowl. Drizzle with enough of the cooking liquid to keep the chicken moist.

3. Fill taco shells or tortillas with chicken and top with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream.

Crow's cookbook If It Makes You Healthy (St. Martin's Press) is in stores now.

Taylor Swift's

COUNTRY CHIC

Direct from the Tennessee shop owners: The scoop on some of the decorative touches the singer recently purchased for her new Nashville condo

ACCENT PILLOW

Swift owns this custom pillow, which fits her "French country" motif, says Jules Wortman, owner of Jewelweed in Gallatin, Tenn. Custom Pillow, $90; jewelweeddesignstudio.com

DOUBLE-SIDED PLACEMATS

"Taylor loves mixing patterns," says Julie Schenck, assistant manager at Franklin, Tenn.'s Harmony Home. Williamsburg Placemats, $8.95 each; harmonyhomeshop.com

A LITTLE AMBIENCE

"This candle has a soft floral scent-very girlie, like her," says Teresa Ofman, owner of Lulu in Franklin, Tenn. Lollia Candle in "Breathe," $34; 615-794-3345

Rustic lamp "She was attracted to the lamp's robin's-egg-blue color," says Ofman. "Taylor loves feminine decor."

Gallery Design Lamp, $285; 615-794-3345

COZY QUILT

"She's down-to-earth," says Schenck. "This quilt has that feel but doesn't look like grandma's." Berkeley Green Quilt, $140; harmonyhomeshop.com

Bert the Conqueror's

GUIDE TO THRILLS

Feel like thrashing around in mashed potatoes? Or watching people swan-dive into a mud puddle? Travel Channel adventurer Bert Kreischer gives a rundown of some wacky competitions taking place this spring and summer

MUD-PIT BELLY FLOP

Event: Summer Redneck Games Location: East Dublin, Ga. Date: July 9 "It's awesome watching out-of-shape men throw their bodies into the air," Kreischer says of the belly-flop contest. Info: summerredneckgames.com

MASHED POTATO WRESTLING

Event: Potato Days Festival Location: Clark, S.D.

Date: July 30 "It's a lot rougher than you expect," Kreischer says of the wrestling match, and "the food at the festival is amazing." Info: clarksd.com

THE GREASY POLE

Event: St. Peter's Fiesta Location: Gloucester, Mass. Date: June 22-26 "People wipe out harder than you've ever seen people wipe out," Kreischer says of the event, which pits contestants against a 30-ft.- high slippery log. Info: stpetersfiesta.org

WORLD'S TOUGHEST MUDDER

Event: Tough Mudder Location: Held nationwide Upcoming dates: May 7-8 (Mount Snow, Vt.); May 28-29 (L.A.) Kreischer actually took part in this 12-mile obstacle course. "The obstacles are overwhelming," he says. "I'm shocked I finished it." Info: toughmudder.com

  • Contributors:
  • CONTRIBUTORS Liza Hamm,
  • Thailan Pham,
  • Suzanne Zuckerman,
  • with Eileen Finan.