Grandma’s Pink Fluff
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My grandma was a big fan of Jell-o. It seems like there was a Jell-o dessert at every family gathering when I was young. Grandma would prepare Jell-o in several ways, but the recipe that we ate the most often was one we simply called “Pink Stuff”. I’m sure there’s a more appealing name for this recipe. Perhaps fluff, dessert, whip, or many other descriptive words could be used. In fact, your family may have a name by which you call this recipe that involves fruit or flavors. We called it pink stuff. Maybe that’s because we were little kids and pink was the color of the dessert. Maybe it’s because we misunderstood the adults said “fluff” and we heard “stuff”. At any rate, this is the family tradition we call Pink Stuff. Grandma’s Pink Stuff Recipe Ingredients: 3 oz Strawberry Jell-o powder 8 oz Whipped Topping 24 oz Cottage Cheese 15 oz Fruit Cocktail Recipe Directions: Drain the fruit cocktail. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Refrigerate 2 hours. You can mix and serve in the same bowl. Approximate Nutrition Information: Servings Per Recipe: 8, Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423, Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 617g, Total Carbs: 77g, … Continue reading →

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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 →

Creamy Pasta Salad

Winter hardly seems the time for pasta salads, but if you’ve worked up a sweat shoveling snow, then a cool side dish hits the spot. This simple recipe makes up in quick order and the ingredients can be found in almost every store that sells groceries. If I’m fixing lunch for just a couple people, I follow this recipe and have a reasonable amount of salad. However, if I’m inviting company for lunch, I double or triple the recipe. I’ve never ended up with too many leftovers. I like using the mixed vegetables because they’re colorful. The different shapes add some interest to the dish too. However, if you have a picky eater in the family, who only likes green beans, simply replace the mixed vegetables with the favorite green beans. When you’re purchasing ingredients, you have the ability to control the fat and sodium content of this recipe by the selection you make in the dressing. It seems every brand of salad dressing is available in many dietary varieties. Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe Ingredients: 8 oz. Spiral Pasta Twists 8 oz. frozen Mixed Vegetables 8 oz. Ranch Salad Dressing 1 c. shredded Cheddar Cheese Directions: Prepare pasta in boiling … Continue reading →