Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pasta Salad

Sorry it has been so long since one of us have posted but things have been pretty busy for all of us lately! I thought I would share this recipe I found online but modified it a little to make it, in my opinion, MUCH better :) This is the prefect Salad to bring to a big family/friend get together or a potluck and is also perfect for spring and summer! :)

Pasta Salad
- 1 Bag of Rainbow Pasta
- 1/2  of 16 oz (1 cup) bottle of Italian Salad Dressing
- 3 TBSP Parmesan Cheese
- 1 TBSP Sesame Seeds
- 1 TBSP Poppy Seeds
- 2 tsp Seasoning Salt
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Chile Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Cucumber
- 1/2 Red Onion
- 2 Tomatoes
- 1 small Can Olives 

**NOTE: In pictures below i doubled the recipe. I made it for a Easter picnic with my husbands family. If you are making this for a get together of any kind i recommend doubling the recipe. Also when i double this i double everything BUT the olives and tomatoes. If you are a lover of olives and tomatoes then go ahead and add all you want :) I personally like it better with less Olives and Tomatoes when doubled**

First you want to cook your pasta, RINSE under COLD water for about 5 minutes. 

When done place in a large bowl and mix in Salad dressing. 

Next you want to mix ALL spice ingredients into a small bowl

 When mixed, sprinkle on top of pasta/dressing mix

 Mix VERY well and then add sliced Cucumber

Once mixed add in sliced red onion (slice as small as possible)

When mixed add Olives

 Next add your Parmesan Cheese

Add Sliced Tomatoes

Place into refrigerator for at LEAST 2 Hours for time to chill and absorb all the flavors. When done Eat up! 

Warm & Spicy Italian Sandwiches

This is one of my husbands favorites! He LOVES this dish so much he recommends it literally ALL the time! SO i thought i would share it because of how amazing yet simple it is! Enjoy!

Italian Sandwiches
- 3 lb Top Round Roast
- 1 pkg Onion Soup Mix
- 1 Sweet Onion
- 2 Jalapenos
- 1 Yellow Pepper
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1 Orange Pepper
- 1 Green Pepper
- 1 pkg Classic Italian Seasoning
- 1 (32 oz) Swanson Beef Stock
- Sliced Provolone Cheese
- Rolls (Homemade or Store bought)

1. Place Roast, Soup Mix, Sweet Onion, Jalapenos, Peppers & Italian Seasoning into the Crockpot
2. Pour the Broth into the crockpot until it reaches the top of the roast. (i use the entire box)
3. Turn the crockpot on HIGH for 1 hour and then LOW for 10 hours
4. Once cooked, use 2 forks and shred the meat.
5. Place Shredded Meat on Rolls and top with Provolone Cheese.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

The best kind of restaurants are those that serve bread while you wait, right?? Red Lobster is one of my favorites. They serve these TO DIE FOR biscuits. Ive been wanting to make them for years, as I have seen lots of copycat recipes. This is the winner, my friends! This recipe yields 1 dozen biscuits.

2 1/2 cups Bisquick
4 TBS cold butter
3/4 cup cold milk. I use 1%
1 heaping cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp Johnny's garlic seasoning*

To brush on top:
3 TBS melted butter
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp Johnnys garlic seasoning*

*I always use Johnny's garlic seasoning in place of garlic powder. I highly recommend it! If you do not have this, and dont want to buy it, you can use garlic powder instead.

In a large bowl, add the cold butter to your Bisquick.

Use a pastry blender (if you dont have a pastry blender, use a fork) to blend them together. It should have small pea sized chunks when its fully mixed. It should look like this:

Add milk, cheese, and garlic seasoning.
Mix with a fork until fully combined.

Spoon onto a greased baking sheet by 1/4 cup fulls and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. 

Put your butter, parsley and garlic seasoning into a small bowl and microwave for approximately 30 seconds. Brush onto hot biscuits.

Serve immediately, as they are the best fresh from the oven. These also warm up great in the microwave if you have enough self control to have some as left-overs :). ENJOY!!

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