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July 4th FavoritesPosted Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 7:01 PM
Hot weather is hear and some of our cooking changes completely. Mine includes a lot of fresh garden vegetables either from our garden or bought from farmers market.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. We plan on having a fun day that day swimming and spending time with family.
I am sure a lot of people will be using the grill this weekend so a few of these might help.
Homemade BBQ Sauce
1 tablespoon butter
Place butter in a saucepan over high heat and bring to smoking point, about 1 minute.
Add onions, peppers, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook until brown, about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring constantly. Add vinegar and ginger, stir and bring to a boil. Add molasses, tomato paste, hot sauce and brown sugar; stir and bring to a boil. Add beer, simmer for one hour. Puree in food processor, taste and adjust hotness with cayenne.
This sauce pairs beautifully with ribs, chicken, pork chops, flank steak and tenderloin.
Makes 1 1/2 quarts.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
2 cups macaroni, cooked and drained
Mix cottage cheese, sour cream, egg, salt, pepper and Cheddar cheese together. Add cooked macaroni and mix well. Pour into an 8-by-8-inch baking dish.
Sprinkle with paprika and bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Pasta with Asparagus, Spinach and Bacon
1 (8-ounce) package penne pasta, uncooked
Cook pasta as directed; drain, and keep warm. Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp; remove from skillet and crumble. Cook onion in bacon drippings for 1 minute; add asparagus and saute 1 minute longer. Add broth, and bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes, until asparagus is tender. Stir into pasta; add spinach, 1/4 cup cheese and pepper. Toss well. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon.
1 lb ground Beef cooked with Taco seasoning mix
layer in a 8x8 dish in the following order:
Beef, Beans. Salsa, sour cream,, olives, cheese
Heat until warm - serve with chips
We all love this about anytime..
I think you have to have Potato Salad at any picnic or BBQ so here is a recipe..
"No Bake" Baked Potato Salad
Has all the taste of a loaded baked potato, minus the baking part. Enjoy our No-Bake Baked Potato Salad for a change of pace.
8 medium potatoes (about 3 pounds), scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks
Place potatoes in a large pot and add enough water to cover them. Add salt and bring to a boil over high heat.
Cook potatoes 10 to 15 minutes, or until fork-tender; drain well and allow to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Add potatoes and mix until well combined.
Serve warm, or cover and chill until ready to serve.
Sweet Potato Salad
It is a certainly a refreshing change-of-pace summer or anytime potato salad. We love sweet potatoes.
5 sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
Place potatoes in a large saucepan and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and let boil for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fork-tender; drain.
In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Add sweet potatoes and mix until well coated. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
I have not tried this one yet but my friends family loves it. I am gonna try it soon.
Taco Potato Salad
3 pounds white potatoes
Place potatoes in a large pot with enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook 20 to 25 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain and let cool.
In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and taco seasoning; mix well.
Cut cooled potatoes into chunks and place in a large bowl. Add mayonnaise mixture and remaining ingredients to potatoes and mix until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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I began cooking at the age of 9 with my father and have always loved trying new recipes. Beware: I am fond of onions and peppers! I am diabetic so I do try to cook more healthy dishes these days. My door is always open to trying and sharing new recipes. Let's see what we can cook up with this blog!