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 →

Smoky Hot Chili

Fall means football, tail gate parties, bonfires and chili. Chili is considered a requirement for tail gate parties in some parts of the country. Chili is one of those versatile foods that can be made to satisfy almost every individual taste. I’m sure if you search long enough, you’ll find as many chili recipes as you find chili cooks. You may even more recipes than cooks. It seems that the basic ingredients for chili include tomatoes, meat and seasoning. You can add many interesting ingredients to create a chili that tempts your family. I like my chili full of beans, hominy and corn. My husband prefers no beans. My son likes chili that is spicy enough to light his insides on fire. My daughter isn’t a big fan of spice. I developed this recipe to satisfy all of us. Ingredients 2 lb roast 32 oz can tomatoes 16 oz enchilada sauce 1 TB cinnamon 1 TB oregano 1 TB black pepper 1 TB chili powder 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables ¼ cup chopped banana peppers Instructions Cut the roast into 1 inch cubes. Place in medium size crock pot. Add tomatoes, enchilada sauce and spices. Cook on low for 6 … Continue reading →