Macaroni Salad

Perfect for the Fourth

Macaroni salad

 

Whatever macaroni or pasta you use this is sure to please those hungry picnickers. Try this patriotic pasta from World Market but don’t be surprised when all the color disappears with the cooking. The shapes get a little lost too in the thick dressing. With that said, this is an amazing macaroni salad. That’s a bit patriotic too, isn’t it? Once you have the pasta chosen, your choice, the rest is really simple. Add or subtract ingredients to cater to family and friends. Delicious!

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Memorial Day Week-end

Strawberry Dessert

Baked Strawberry Shortcake

Family is gathering and for me it’s a time to cook recipes that are tried-and-true. This is a simply baked strawberry shortcake for a crowd. It’s an old time favorite, here. Some feel it’s not dessert if it’s not chocolate. If this is you try my chocolate category for great ideas. Potato salad is one of my favorite BBQ sides and I do have a variety of recipes. If you’re into sweet potato fries you might find this sweet potato salad irresistible. A few of my favorites to get you started into Summer 2017:

Baked Beans

Baked Beans

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Barbecued Corn

Barbecued Corn

Classic Potato Salad

Classic Potato Salad

Purple Cow

Purple Cow

Portuguese Beans

Portuguese Beans


Eggstravaganza

eggstravaganzaWhat to do with those hardboiled eggs! Here are some recipe ideas. Not just sides but main dishes too. I can’t pick a favorite because I love them all.

Sour Cream and Onion Potato Salad

Salads and Dressings

Greens with Eggs and Ham

Tweaked Classic Best Foods Potato Salad

Portuguese Peas

Chicken, Rice & Eggs

Eggs, Ham and Mushrooms

 

Leftover raw eggs Too?

Butter Sponge Cake

Butter Sponge Cake

Eggs & Potatoes

Spinach and Eggs

Pound Cake

Pound Cake


24 Hour Salad

24 Hour SaladA great little salad you can revise. You can refrigerate for the full 24 hours but it’s great after just a few. I bet you can eat it immediately too … well, if the peas are thawed. It’s just a convenient recipe. Who makes a green salad 24 hours ahead!

Family gobbled it up so fast. Even those non-vegetable family members said, “This is a salad I can eat!” BTW, it doesn’t have to be measured perfectly to be perfect!

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Dijon Potatoes with Green Beans

Dijon Potatoes

 

Tasty lighter potato salad to serve cold or warm. The flavor intensifies after refrigerating for a couple of hours. But you may be like me and enjoy this salad immediately after preparing. Either way I guarantee you won’t be disappointed … That’s if you are into Dijon and a little tart and tanginess. Love serving this with a sweeter meat dish. Yes, it was perfect with my Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs.

It’s a great side! Hope you enjoy!

 

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Cold pasta Salads

From Your Pantry or Garden

Cold Pasta Salads

 

 

Faster than going through the drive-thru you can create a Cold Pasta Salad. If you have pasta (fusilli to shell to wagon wheel and much more works) in your pantry you are more than half-way there. Freely make substitutions to this salad to make it a family favorite. All sorts of room for creativity. I just love these salads year ’round.

 

Be fearless and give this a try!

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Italian Salad in a Jar

Italian Salad in a Jar

 

 

Who’s more into salads than I am? Maybe my daughter. The perfect picnic food for us. The idea of the jar salad is not original but it is absolutely perfect. It’s fun and practical for the summertime gathering. Adding a choice of salads is necessary for our clan. Here are two other jar salad recipes to try: Bean Salad & Layered Salad Colorful delicious salads! Enjoy!

 

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Sweet and Sour Carrots

Sweet and Sour Carrots

 

Reminiscent of Mama Tosca’s! It was a sad day when I found myself moving to Bakersfield, California … following my husband’s job.  I was leaving my hometown, the only place I knew, and moving to what was often a joke in the latest Hollywood film. Half the family decided to stay behind and we never quite recovered. I’d been used to 105 temperatures of the summer, one of the biggest complaints about Bakersfield. So, I was already ahead. We settled in quickly and other than the reputation I wasn’t quite sure what was negative. As my husband used to say, You always try to make it a good thing. How was I going to do that this time. Well, remember my love is food and food is love!  I was going to find the best food in Bakersfield! Right out my backdoor was a brand new restaurant, Mama Tosca’s Ristorante Italiano. Nothing like pasta to make a place homey and comfortable. It became our very favorite. Now, I’m back in my hometown after almost 30 years and I never quite understood what was supposed to be negative there. I found many more wonderfully delicious places to eat. Basque Food, oh my, no place better! And one of the local hangouts, Luigi’s since 1910 … Meet the Who’s Who and there are some! Luigi’s could always bring a smile … always packed with people sitting tightly together … and the food! So, if you find yourself traveling through Bakersfield you’ve got to stop at one of these places. Yep! They’re still in business.

One of the dishes brought to your table at Mama Tosca’s when you first arrived was marinated carrots. After years of business it is no longer part of their menu. It was my three year old daughter’s favorite at this restaurant. I’ve been trying to duplicate it for years but because of my fading memory (or my palate’s) I can’t quite get it. Oh, btw it was never sprinkled with parsley (nor bell pepper added) as it is here. My children didn’t like “the green stuff.” This recipe is again one of my mother’s but it doesn’t approach the taste of Mama Tosca’s. It’s good, just different. Surprisingly, the recipe most like Mama’s is my French Dressing, here. Yes, it absolutely works Missy. Just for fun check out my daughter, here. She’s definitely grown up.

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French Dressing

French Dressing

 

 

This recipe is simple enough but why would you use this recipe, say, opposed to this French Dressing. Well, it’s a little heavier in taste. And because of the addition of a secret ingredient this recipe makes a gob. Not a recipe you’ll find in the latest gourmet magazines. First, it’s decades old and secondly it has an ingredient the gourmet might be embarrassed to use. Try this though … at least once … you’ll be sold!

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