A Simple July 4th, 2020 Celebration

The 4th of July is a much loved holiday among Americans and I can’t imagine what’s not to love? Family, friends, barbecues, picnics, and the beach, the list goes on and on.

This year however, most families will probably not be having the larger celebrations that they may have had in previous years but people can still have smaller gatherings of family in their backyards. That is our plan for this year. I’ll send out a message to our kids and see if anyone wants to drop by, and even if they have other plans it can be just the two of us, our dogs and Cousin Brucie’s July 4th radio program. We will be sitting around the backyard fire pit enjoying great music and yummy food. It will still be fun.

As for the menu I think I will keep it simple this year.

Hamburgers and or Hot dogs on the grill with all the fixings

I’ll make either a homemade potato or pasta salad of some kind

Maybe some chips for snacking, our favorite wine and perhaps a fruit salad, dessert or both.

So here is a small parade of salad recipes I have made for get-together’s in years past, maybe you might like to try a few.

Orzo Pasta Salad

This easy salad is light and delicious

8 ounces orzo pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in olive oil, vinegar, red onion, tomatoes and basil and toss to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.

Italian Style Bread Salad

You can get creative with this salad so feel free to add or substitute your favorites, it works well with what ever you have on hand

3 cup fresh Italian or French bread cut into cubes
6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano or basil
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 lb. plum tomatoes, diced
1/2 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
1/4 lb. lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced and/or roasted red or yellow peppers sliced in strips
2 oz. thinly sliced Italian salami, or Genoa in strips or prosciutto
2 green onions, sliced or very thinly sliced red onion
1 bunch baby salad greens or favorite lettuce torn

Spread bread cubes on cookie sheet and let stand 2 hours. Whisk oil,
oregano, garlic, salt, pepper and pepper flakes together in large
bowl. Add remaining ingredients except greens; toss. Let stand 15
minutes. Add baby salad green, toss well and serve at once.
Makes 6 servings.

Instant Pot Potato with Egg Salad

PREP TIME – 10 minutes,

COOKING TIME – 4 minutes

ADDITIONAL TIME NEEDED FOR COOLING – 2 hours

This Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe is so easy, you’ll want to make it all the time!
Cook hard-boiled eggs and potatoes together in the IP for quick, perfectly cooked eggs and potatoes every time.
This is our favorite Instant Pot potato salad recipe!

INGREDIENTS
6 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and large cubes
1 1/2 cups water
4 large eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 TO 1 cup chopped celery (as you prefer)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon dill pickle juice
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
Put the steamer basket in the pressure cooker pot. Add the water, cubed potatoes, and eggs on top. Lock lid in place, select High Pressure, 4 minutes cook time, and press start.
When the cook time ends, turn off pressure cooker and do a quick pressure release. When the pressure valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
Remove the steamer basket from the Instant Pot. Put the eggs into ice-cold water to cool. Allow the potatoes to cool completely.
In a large bowl, combine the onion, mayo, parsley, pickle juice, and mustard. Add the cooled potatoes (you can now slice smaller if you prefer) and gently mix the mayonnaise mixture into the potatoes.
Peel and dice the cooled eggs and stir into potato salad. (If needed, add more mayonnaise to achieve desired consistency.) Add salt and pepper to taste.
Chill at least one hour before serving.

Lastly an American favorite, Macaroni Salad. This recipe can be easily doubled for a large gathering.

Macaroni Salad

Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 lb macaroni, cooked and drained
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/2 cup chopped red peppers
1/2 cup chopped green onions

Directions
Combine dressing ingredients.
Stir into remaining ingredients.
Cover and chill.

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Easy Summertime Supper

How about an easy chefs salad on a warm evening, simple to make for two or a few by taking your favorite veggies, maybe some leftover shrimp or diced deli ham and make matchstick slices of cheese and a light salad dressing of your choice. I sometimes set it up buffet style so the family can just dig in with their plates right from the kitchen counter. It’s easy clean-up afterward as everything is in the kitchen.

White Zinfandel Salad Dressing

If you are entertaining a group of friends you might want to consider this salad dressing as a part your summertime meal. it’s light and has a refreshing flavor.

1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar (I use Colavita)

3 Tbsp. Water

1 pouch Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup White Zinfandel Wine (I have also made this dressing using Moscato white wine and it was delicious too)

Pour Vinegar and Water into Salad Shaker

Add contents of salad pressing pouch, shake until well blended

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Bread Machine Burger Buns and Homemade Chicken Salad

Things are just are a bit crazy in the world right now. Keeping ourselves safe and healthy is a number one priority. I thought I would share a recipe that is easy to make this way you won’t have to run out to the store right now. Whether you like hamburgers, sandwiches like some homemade Chicken Salad (recipe is below) or perhaps some Sloppy Joe’s these buns are perfect. You can choose to make them with a seeded or plain top that’s completely up to you. So get out that Bread Machine as this is the perfect time to use it.

Bread Machine Burger Buns

Remember to put the Ingredients in the order that is recommended for your bread machine. I have a Zojirushi Virtuoso and this is the order I use.

Ingredients

• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil
• 1 egg, beaten
• 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 tablespoons active dry yeast (make sure it’s fresh)

Directions

Add the ingredients in the order that is recommended for your bread machine. This will then be mixed & rise on your dough setting.

Once the dough has risen, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Now take the dough out of the bread machine pan and turn out on to a lightly floured cutting board. I like to put the rolled dough balls on baking sheet covered with and a piece of parchment paper but you can use a greased baking sheet. I use a kitchen scale and depending on how large I want the buns to be I weigh them between 2.5 to 3.5 ounces each, this will keep the buns all the same size.

To assemble just cut off a piece of dough, weigh and form into a ball, place on the baking sheet and pat the top down lightly. Once you have all the dough balls made cover with a linen towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

Seeded tops: With a beaten egg brush the tops of the buns and sprinkle with your favorite seeds. This step is optional.

Put the baking sheet of dough balls into the heated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or adjust an extra minute or two if you are making larger buns. Once they are nice and golden remove from the oven.

I hope you will try making these delicious sandwich buns.

Chicken Salad for Sandwiches

2 whole cooked chicken breasts
1 cup celery, chopped
1 1/2-2 cups mayonnaise (depending on how wet you like your chicken salad)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon dill (optional) 1 finely chopped scallion (optional)


Directions
In a food processor or by hand chop the chicken breast.
In a medium sized bowl combine chicken with mayonnaise, salt& pepper, parsley, dill, scallion, chopped celery and lemon juice.
Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

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A Dish from the Garden. Summer String Bean Salad with White Zinfandel Salad Dressing.

Since my husband retired last year he was looking forward to starting up a vegetable garden again. Really just the basics to pique his interest. Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, yellow wax beans, and string beans. The zucchini plants didn’t make it this year otherwise I’d be posting one of my many versions of zucchini bread. The herb garden did well with lots of fresh Basil, Parsley (flat and curly), Rosemary, Chives and some Oregano. I hope to expand it a bit more next year. This dish starts with great produce from the garden or your local vegetable stand. Here is my delicious Summer String Bean Salad with White Zinfandel Salad Dressing.

This recipe has no measurements. You can make as much as you need and season to taste. It’s a very flexible recipe.

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Summer Bean Salad

Fresh Blue Lake Green Beans, cook or steam but leave a bit firm.  (I used a combination of green beans and yellow wax bean this time)

Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half

Mozzarella cut into small bite-size cubes (You can also use Feta cheese or any semi-soft cheese to your liking cut into small bites)

Fresh garlic, grated fine on a Microplane. How much you use is up to your personal taste

Add your favorite herbs of choice. The dish in the photo has a chiffonade of some basil and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste.

Toss the bean salad with your favorite Oil & Vinegar dressing, or a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Here is one of my favorite ways to make salad dressing.

 

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White Zinfandel Salad Dressing

1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar (I used Colavita)

3 Tbsp. Water

1 pouch Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup White Zinfandel Wine

Pour Vinegar, Water, Olive oil and white zinfandel into a Salad Shaker. Then add contents of the Good Seasons Italian salad dressing mix. Shake until well blended. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours before using it.

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Mother’s Day Planning – Luncheon Ideas

 

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Thought I would post a few days early as Sunday I’ll be busy with my family and I thought I would share some Mother’s Day food ideas for anyone looking. I was always one to do lots of things for my mother throughout the year but I made sure I would do something a little extra special for Mother’s Day. Twice we took mom out to dinner and it was really a big mistake, restaurants are super busy, long wait times and they are looking to turn over tables as quick as possible, leaving you feeling rushed through a meal. So instead I would plan a nice day with an extra special dinner or Spring luncheon. Lunch was often a perfect choice, we would have the entire afternoon to enjoy being together and share some Springtime dishes.

The dining table would be nicely set and a floral centerpiece to pretty things up. Here are an assortment of the recipes I used over the years.

Sunshine Salad

I found this recipe years ago. When prepared for an evening meal, it’s called “Sunset Salad”.

8-10 Servings
Prep: 10 min. + chilling
Ingredients
•1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits
•1 can (11-15 ounces) mandarin oranges
•1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding
•1 cup quartered strawberries
•1 cup sliced ripe bananas

Directions

Drain pineapple and oranges, reserving juices. In a large bowl,
combine pudding mix with reserved fruit juices. Fold in pineapple,
oranges and strawberries; chill for at least 2 hours. Add bananas
just before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Chicken Salad for Sandwiches

You can serve this salad on rolls, sandwiches cut in triangles or fill shells made from biscuits.

2 whole boneless chicken breasts
1 stalk celery
1 onions, quartered
1 cup celery, chopped
1 1/2-2 cups mayonnaise (depending on how wet you like your chicken salad)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon dill (optional)
Directions
Place chicken, celery stalk and onion in saucepan with water to cover.
Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes or until chicken is done.
Drain and discard onion and celery.
Let chicken cool.
In a food processor chop chicken.
In a medium sized bowl combine chicken with mayonnaise, salt& pepper, parsley, dill seed, chopped celery and lemon juice.
Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Orzo Salad

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8 ounces orzo pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in olive oil, vinegar, red onion, tomatoes and basil and toss to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.

Salad Nicoise

Romaine Hearts
4 Hard-boiled eggs
1 can artichokes
Steamed Green Beans
3 Roma tomatoes cut into wedges
Nicoise olives (Greek pitted Olives)
Potatoes cooked and cut into quarters
1 sweet red onion, sliced into thin rings
2 cans of white solid tuna
Anchovies
Dressing
1 garlic clove minced
Lemon Juice
olive oil
Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
Optional – Fresh chopped basil

Separate romaine heart leaves and arrange on a platter. Arrange hard-boiled eggs cut into quarters, green beans, artichokes, tomatoes, potatoes, and olives decoratively over lettuce leaves. Add the anchovies and onion rings. Break up tuna and arrange over vegetables. Drizzle with dressing.

Cucumber and Onion Salad

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups sliced cucumbers
1 small onion (sliced thinly)

In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar and salt. Add cucumbers and
onions; stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Yield: 6-8
servings.

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Deli Style Tuna Salad

You can easily make as much as needed by doubling or tripling.

One 6 oz can albacore tuna
1/4 cup coarsely chopped celery
1 Tbsp coarsely chopped onion
2 Tbsps drained sweet pickle relish
4 Tbsps mayonnaise
2 tsps fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in food processor and process until consistency of pate.

Tomato & Onion Salad

3 large Tomatoes – sliced into wedges or slices if your prefer
1 small to medium sweet red onion – size depends how much onion you prefer
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons fresh minced parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried parsley)
2 teaspoons fresh basil leaf (or ½ teaspoon dried basil)
2 cloves garlic, finely minced

Directions:

Peel the onion and cut into thin rings. Add slice vegetables into a glass bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients.

Pour over tomatoes and onions.
Cover and allow to stand 30 minutes at room temperature or longer, refrigerated.

Serve with a nice loaf of bread.
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A Good Luck Meal for the New Year – Kahlua Piggie & Macaroni Salad

New-Year-2012-HeaderThere are many foods people like to eat to ensure good luck for the coming new year. My family always serves herring as the first food after the midnight toast. Some other traditional foods often served are Ham with Black-eyed Peas or Hoppin’ John, Pork, Cabbage, New Year’s cake that has a coin inside and who ever get the coin is ensured good luck, Lentils, grapes and the salted brine fish or herring to name just a few.

I know there are so many folks who got Instant Pots for this holiday season. I got mine several months back  and I am really loving it. I will use it to make our New Years day meal of pork and cabbage that I affectionately call Kalua Piggie. There are lots of version you can find on the web; what I am sharing here is my adaptation of several of those recipes.  I won’t be using the Hawaiian Red Salt that many traditional versions call for. I try to keep to a budget and I really don’t have any other use for a two-pound bag of red salt that you order online, but trust me it will still be a delicious meal.

So remember your favorite good luck food this New Year’s Day.

Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come.

 

My 6 Qt Duo

Instant Pot Kahlua Piggie

I make this in my 6 Qt Instant Pot Duo

Serves 8

3 slices of Bacon

4-5 lb Pork Shoulder roast (I cut the pork off the bone and the meat into about 4 pieces)

4-5 Garlic cloves peeled and sliced into quarters

1 Tablespoon of Kosher salt

1 Cup Water

1 Tablespoon of Liquid Smoke

1 Small-Medium head of Cabbage, cored, and cut into 8 wedges

 

1. Put the bacon in the Instant Pot. Press Sauté.

2. While the bacon is cooking (turning it with tongs occasionally), cut the pork roast into about 4 nice size pieces so they will nicely fit into the pot. Slice the garlic cloves into quarters then cut slits in the roast and press the garlic pieces into the slits. Sprinkle half of the salt over the pork pieces and rub it in a bit. Turn the pork pieces over and sprinkle the rest of the salt on the pork rubbing it in.

3. By this time the bacon should be nicely browned. Put the pork on top of the bacon slices. Stop the Sauté function by pressing the Cancel button.

4. Add the Liquid Smoke to the 1 cup of water, stir, then pour to the pot, put the lid on and lock it in place. Make sure the pressure release knob is in the seal position.

5. Select Pressure/Cook. Press the “+” button until it shows 90 minutes. It will come up to pressure and the pressure pin will rise up. In a few minutes the time will begin to decrease. 90 minutes is the time it cooks once it’s under pressure.

6. When the 90 minutes is up, press the Cancel button to turn it off. Let the pressure release naturally, this will take about 20 minutes. The pressure pin will drop down when the pressure is completely released and you can open the pot.

7. Remove the pork from the pot and put the cabbage wedges in the cooking liquid into the pot. Put on the lid, press Pressure/Cook and press the “-“ to change the time to 3 minutes. While the cabbage is cooking, shred the pork with two forks.

9. When the cabbage is done, do a Quick Release. Push the pressure knob over with tongs or oven mitt to protect your hand. The steam will release immediately.

10. When the pressure has released and the pressure pin has dropped, open the pot. Put the cabbage on a large platter and top with the shredded pork.

11. You can pour some of the cooking liquid into the pork if you want it a juicier.

Serve with your favorite rice whether plain white rice or a flavored yellow rice. I also like to serve it with some chilled diced Pineapple on the side or a chilled fruit cocktail.

One of my favorite side dishes is Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. Goes great with Kahlua Pork or any Pulled Pork or BBQ Ribs.

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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

 Ingredients

1 pound elbow macaroni

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 cups Hellman’s Mayonnaise ONLY! Do not use Kraft Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip.

1 cup whole milk or can also use 2% but not 1% milk

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup carrot, peeled and grated

1/2 cup celery. chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring approximately 4 quarts of water to a boil and add the macaroni. Cook through, you don’t want al dente.
  2. Drain the macaroni and return to the pot. Add the 1/4 cup vinegar and stir until the macaroni is well coated. Let cool.
  3. While the macaroni is cooling, combine the mayo, milk and brown sugar. Mix well. Add any desired salt and pepper.
  4. Pour this mixture over the cooled macaroni and mix until well blended.
  5. After mixing, add in the green onions, carrots and celery. Remember to save a little to add as a garnish on top.
  6. This salad is best if chilled for 2-4 hours before serving.