Italian Pasta Salad
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Picnics and family gatherings call for pasta salads. This Italian pasta salad beats the heat and mixes up in just a few minutes. Pasta salads are the perfect addition to summer cookouts. This one is a proven winner with meat, cheese and olives. If you can boil water and cut an olive in half, you can make this recipe. It’s a simple side dish that always gets eaten in a hurry. You’ll want to plan ahead just a bit to allow time for the dish to chill in the refrigerator. While the pasta is cooling, it’s soaking up that Italian dressing goodness. It’s a good thing this salad is so easy to prep – you’ll be able to get plenty of warm weather living done before supper and not feel like you slaved in the kitchen. Fire up the grill! Supper’s ready!   Italian Pasta Salad Recipe Recipe Ingredients: 8 oz. Pasta 15 oz. Italian Salad Dressing 5 oz. Mushrooms 5 oz. Green Olives 5 oz. Black Olives 4 oz. Pepperoni 1 c. Cheddar & Mozzarella Cheese Preparation Directions: Prepare pasta according to package directions. Rinse in cool water. Drain well. Slice olives and pepperoni slices in half. Toss all … Continue reading →

Tuscan Chicken Dinner
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When dinner is a challenge. When you’re tired of the same old thing. When you want to venture into a new world, far – far away. There isn’t a single person reading this who hasn’t hit the wall on ideas for dinner.  We all gravitate to what we know and don’t often deviate from the “tried-and-true” recipes. Yet, every once in a while we get inspired to try something new based off something we may see on TV, observe at a neighboring table in a restaurant or by smelling what a neighbor is grilling.  In my case, I was watching one of the food network shows and they were preparing the pasta that you see in this picture, which then inspired me to build an entire meal around it. Without further ado, I’ll share what I did to create the Tuscan Chicken dinner seen here. Tuscan Chicken Recipe 1 Whole chicken cut up Marinade You will need fresh herbs for this selection, and you will need to somewhat estimate how much of the ingredients you need based on the amount of chicken you have. Marinade Recipe Ingredients: Rosemary (a good couple of sprigs with the leaves removed from the stem) … Continue reading →