Italian Pasta Salad

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

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 →

Easy Steps for Memorable Outdoor Entertaining

(Family Features) Make your next outdoor party a memorable one with these simple steps. With all bases covered for creating a remarkable event – from mood music to signature drinks – these ideas will have your guests wondering when your next soiree will be. No matter what the reason for the gathering, find your inspiration from the splendor found outdoors. Picture a rustic table set under the olive trees in the Italian countryside or warm, gentle breezes rustling through a gorgeous garden in the South of France. Nature draws you in, invites you to sit down and encourages you to savor special moments. Create the same experience for your guests at your home. Set a wooden table under shaded trees or a covered patio then gather several chairs around. Keep decorations simple and let the natural elements set the mood. There is something about flowers that instantly makes any gathering feel special.  Place several large sunflowers into a vase for the center of the table – or trim the stems off your favorite blooms and float them in a large serving bowl. For another simple centerpiece, line several glasses or small bowls down the center of the table and place a … Continue reading →