Humans ‘R’ Us: A New Magic Deck Idea and Caesar Salad with Cajun Chicken Recipe

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One of my favourite deck types besides combo is tribal. And while Innistrad wasn’t as tribal happy as say Onslaught, the one shining light besides the angels were the humans. Their light would not be extinguished and unlike the darker magical critters of the night, they can keep multiplying endlessly without needing a host.

OK fine, humans do need a female host – but are we really going to get into a biology lesson now?

At any rate, Humans ‘R’ Us shows that not only are the humans here, but they’re going to take anything and anyone down with a little help from their friends. This deck compounds quickly between all the token generation (Commander’s Authority, Gather the Townsfolk, Increasing Devotion, Thraben Doomsayer); the enchantment boost (Parallel Lives, Cathars’ Crusade, Perilous Forays); and nasty Humans (Devout Chaplain, Champion of Lambholt, Juniper Order Ranger).

Add to that the combo factors such as the aforementioned Champion of Lambholt and Juniper Order Ranger as well as the Craterhoof Behemoth. When you throw down a Champion and then add the Cathars’ Crusade and token gen, this deck will get ridiculous and very dangerous – very quickly. To get really ridonculous, throw down a Craterhoof Behemoth – your Champion will basically mean that your critters will be unblockable and huge!

Now if you’ve got the cards or money, sub out Parallel Lives for Doubling Season. Add to that Parallel Evolution, just do that once with Champion and again you’re ready to rumble right over your opponent.

Humans ‘R’ Us (Green-White Weenie)

Gavony Township
Devout Chaplain
Goldnight Commander
Goldnight Redeemer
Champion of Lambholt
Craterhoof Behemoth
Nullmage Shepherd
Thraben Doomsayer
Juniper Order Ranger
Cathars’ Crusade
Commander’s Authority
Abundant Growth
Revenge of the Hunted
Parallel Lives
Perilous Forays
Gather the Townsfolk
Increasing Devotion

And in honor of the white and green “light” deck, we’re looking at a Cajun Chicken Caesar Salad. Sure the Cajun adds in some red, but if you want to splash red in your deck, be my guest!

Caesar Salad Dressing
Makes about a cup of salad dressing 

1/2 cup oil
2 tsp white vinegar
4 tsp lemon juice
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt, pepper, dry mustard
1 garlic clove or 1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp sugar

Combine all the following ingredients and let them chill for at least an hour (overnight is actually better).

[Editor’s note: for those worried about raw egg being in salad dressing, the pH of the vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice is believed to be acidic enough to kill any bacteria. If you would prefer, you can omit the eggs entirely to make a vinaigrette or use pasteurized eggs. But we’re wizards, not doctors so if you’re reluctant to eat raw eggs, don’t.]

Cajun Seasoning
Makes about 3/4 a cup of seasoning

2.5 Tbsp Paprika
2 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
2 Tbsp Cayenne
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp thyme

Combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Roll the meat liberally in the spice rub. If you have extra, you can store it in an air tight container.

For the actual salad, grill or pan fry (with a little olive oil) some boneless, skinless thighs or breasts that have been rolled in Cajun Seasoning . Note – thighs give you more flavor but are less lean – your choice obviously. Once the chicken is cooked, put together the actual salad with romaine lettuce, croutons, bacon bits, parmesan cheese and the salad dressing. You’ll have to experiment on how much of each you want – the dressing would be enough for two romaine hearts. If you did two hearts and four breasts (six thighs, diced), you would have enough salad to feed four.