Jun 032016
 

This salad is especially good when using garden tomatoes. Wonderful addition to backyard BBQs, picnics and gatherings.

I try most recipes first without salt and add it later if needed. This salad seems to need the salt. You could probably do without it if using home grown tomatoes, but I haven’t tried it.

Sometimes I have to adjust the herbs depending on how strong the basil is. My basil is stronger some years than others, so if you grow your own basil, you might want to take a taste test before serving and add more if needed.

Tomato Macaroni Salad
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces macaroni noodles
  2. 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  3. 2 green onions, chopped
  4. 1 cup cubed or shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
  5. 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped or 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  7. 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  8. 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon coarsely cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni as the package directs. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Mix/toss together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours or until chilled.
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Tomato-Macaroni-Salad

Feb 092015
 

This nice and easy side dish compliments a variety of entrees. I like making herbed potatoes with recipes that take a lot of time to prepare. The potatoes cook in the slow cooker while making the main dish.

Red potatoes are pretty, but any kind will do. I’ve used regular baking potatoes, gold potatoes or whatever I had on hand. I’ve also replaced the herbs with Italian seasoning when accompanying an Italian main dish.

Slow Cooker Herbed Potatoes
Serves 6
This nice and easy side dish compliments a variety of entrees. I like making herbed potatoes with recipes that take a lot of time to prepare. The potatoes cook in the slow cooker while making the main dish.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds small red potatoes
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup olive oil
  4. 3 Tablespoons snipped parsley
  5. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  6. 2 Tablespoons snipped chives
  7. 1 Tablespoon snipped basil
  8. Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash potatoes and peel a strip around the center of each potato. Place potatoes in slow cooker and add water.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or until tender. Drain well.
  3. In saucepan heat olive oil with parsley, lemon juice, chives and basil. Pour mixture over potatoes and toss until thoroughly coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. Don't have fresh herbs on hand? Dried herbs work just fine. Make sure to crush dried herbs to help release their flavor
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herbed-potatoes02

Sep 062014
 
“KFC Spices Mix”
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons parsley
  2. 1 Tablespoon margarine
  3. 1 teaspoon basil
  4. 1 teaspoon dill
  5. 2 teaspoons tarragon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  8. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  9. 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  10. 2 Tablespoons instant chicken broth
  11. 1 cup flour
Notes
  1. I’ve been told that this is enough for a whole chicken.
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Dec 062011
 
 3 cups tomato juice 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 1 medium onion 1 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
 1 green bell pepper 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
 1/2 cucumber 1 teaspoon dried basil
 1 large tomato 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
 2 green onions 1/2 Tablespoon chopped fresh Cilantro
 1 clove garlic salt and pepper to taste
  1. Blanch tomato and remove skin.
  2. Cut vegetables into smaller pieces to fit in blender. Blend all ingredients until well mixed but still chunky.
  3. Chill for 2+ hours before serving. Serve cold.
Nov 032011
 
3 to 4 pound boneless pork roast 1/2 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 cup soy sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients, except pork roast, in small bowl.
  2. Place roast in large plastic bag and pour sauce over roast.  Press air out and close top securely.  Marinate 2 hours or more, turning meat over occasionally.
  3. Remove roast and reserve marinade.  Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Insert meat thermometer so bulb is in the center of thickest part of meat.
  4. Roast in oven at 325 for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer registers 170 degrees.
  5. Brush roast with reserved marinade every 10 minutes during last half of cooking time.  Heat and serve remaining marinade with pork.
Oct 182011
 

Don’t waste leftover bread and save money. Use heels, french bread, leftover hot dog or hamburger buns. Cut bread into cubes in a bowl, spray them with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil and season with garlic powder, parsley and basil or oregano. Then bake on a cookie sheet @ 250 degrees until they are crisp and brown.

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