Monday, December 31, 2012

Della's Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

This is absolutely delicious, almost dessert like.  It will hook you.  You want all your broccoli and cauliflower to be small florets.  It is rather time consuming but it really makes for a better salad.

1 head of cauliflower
1-2 bunches of broccoli
1 red onion
1 bag of dried craisins or raisins
1 can cashews
½ cup of sugar
1 cup of real mayo

Mix together the sugar and mayo.
Cup up the cauliflower and broccoli into small flowerettes.
Dice the onion finely.
Add your craisins or raisins.
Mix everything together and chill in the frig for 1 hour.
Add the cashews just before serving because they will go soft rather quickly.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Easy Spanish Rice

Sorry no picture at this time.  My Caribbean Prince ate it all before I thought to get a picture.  I found this recipe on a blog and unfortunately can't provide you the link.  My dearest love wanted "Mexican Rice" like he enjoyed in a Tennessee restaurant, yes you read right, Tennessee.  After going to several Mexican places he was not finding it.  This gal who writes this blog is Hispanic and it is her own recipe.  It is good and flavorful with out spiciness.  The hardest part is grinding up the tomato and onion and then waiting for the fluid to drain out.  I used my hands to help it along.  Hope you try it.

Easy Spanish Rice
1½ cups long grain rice
½ of a small white onion
3 tomatoes
½ teaspoonful garlic powder
1 tablespoonful Caldo de pallo (powdered chicken flavored bouillon)
1 tablespoonful Canola Oil
Roughly chop tomatoes and onion and blend in a blender with ½ to ¾ cup water.  Strain and set aside.  Pulp could be frozen for soup or chili.  In a small frying pan heat oil on medium.  Stir in rice and fry until golden brown.  Stir constantly or it will burn and stink up your house...I would know.  Once the rice is golden add the tomato/onion fluid mixture.  Add water to make the liquid 2 times the amount of rice.  Add Caldo de pallo and the garlic.  Stir and taste.  If flavoring is off add more Caldo de pallo or salt.  Bring to a boil and cover and reduce heat to low.  Rice is done when liquid is evaporated.  I tasted mine and I had to add more water because it wasn't tender yet.
Don't tell the Professor you are making it or he will be over with fork in hand and napkin tucked in collar...okay not so much the napkin.  

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bob Evans Peanut Butter Pie (Copycat version)

I made this for my girlfriend posse at work.  Hip to the Hop Dot, Krazy Kat Lady Karol, Bodacious Bev all loved it.  I didn't use the pre-baked pie crust.  I took 16 peanut butter Oreo cookies, scooped the peanut butter from the middle and put it in a bowl.  I crushed the chocolate cookies, put 3 Tablespoons of butter in with the peanut butter cookie centers and nuked for about 45 seconds and blended the two together with a ¼ cup of sugar.  Put that in with the crushed cookies and mixed well and then put in in my new square Pyrex glass dish to form the crust.  Wow, as Jen said it was a peanut butter party in her mouth.  Love this will definitely make it again.

1-5oz Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding
2 cups cold skim milk
½ cup whipping cream, whipped
1¼ cup creamy peanut butter
1 pre-baked pie shell of your choice, lightly browned
1-8oz container Cool Whip
Chocolate syrup
Crushed peanut

Whisk together pudding mix and cold milk in bowl until creamy.  Add ½ cup whipped whipping cream and peanut butter.  Whisk until completely blended.  Pour into baked pie shell, cover with a generous layer of Cool Whip.  Put in freezer for 1 hour until set.  Remove from freezer and drizzle with your favorite chocolate syrup and crushed peanuts.  Cover and chill 2 hours.  Serve.

Rick's Cheese Ball

This is a family request each Christmas from my brother Rick.  The picture isn't the most appetizing but then I am not a photographer either.  We love this thing!

2-8oz blocks of cream cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp Accent
3 green onions, cut fine
2 pkg of buddig beef

Cut up one package of the beef for the outside and one for the inside. Mix cream cheese, accent, garlic salt, one package of diced beef and half the green onions.  Mix well form into ball and then roll in the other half of the green onions and package of diced beef.  Refrigerate overnight.