While going through my emails today, an idea popped to the front: why not just blog about a great picnic menu? Since Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching, perhaps some (or all) of these will help grace your picnic tables!
Creamy Parmesan Pasta Salad
3 1/2 C. uncooked farfalle (bow-tie) pasta, (9 ounces)
2 C. snow (Chinese) pea pods, strings removed (12 ounces)
2 large red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces (2 cups)
2 medium carrots. peeled & chopped (1 cup)
1/2 C. chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese (2 ounces)
1 C. light creamy Caesar dressing
2 T. milk
Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, adding pea pods for last minute of cooking. Rinse with cold water; drain.
Meanwhile, mix bell peppers, carrots, basil and cheese in very large (4-quart) bowl. Mix dressing and milk in small bowl with wire whisk. Add dressing mixture, pasta and pea pods to bell pepper mixture; toss to coat.
(from: Marys Recipe Exchange- Sandy)
5 strips bacon
5 C. broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 C. slivered almonds (toasted, if desired)
1/2 C. raisins
1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 C. diced red onion
1 C. mayonnaise
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. sugar
Fry bacon until crisp. Drain.
Fill a 3-quart saucepan three-quarters of the way full. Bring to a boil. While water is heating, fill a large bowl with ice and cold water.
Add broccoli to boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Immediately drain and plunge into ice water.
Drain and transfer to a salad bowl. Add almonds, raisins, cheese, and onion.
In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss well.
Mix in half of the bacon. Crumble the remaining baconover the top of the salad just before serving.
(from Marys Recipe Exchange – Sandy)
Oven-Fried Picnic Chicken
2/3 C. buttermilk
8 boneless skinless chicken breasts (2 1/2 lb)
1 C. corn flakes cereal
1 C. Bisquick
2 pkgs (1 oz each) ranch dressing mix (dry)
Heat oven to 400ºF.
Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Pour buttermilk into shallow glass or plastic bowl. Add chicken; turn to coat. Let stand 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in 2-quart resealable food-storage plastic bag, crush cereal with rolling pin. Add Bisquick mix and dressing mix (dry) to cereal in bag. Remove chicken from buttermilk; discard buttermilk. Add chicken to cereal mixture. Seal bag; shake to coat.
Place chicken on cookie sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F).
(Marys Recipe Exchange – Sandy)
Fudge-Filled Brownie Bars
1 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
3/4 C. butter, softened
1 egg yolk
3/4 tsp. vanilla
For The Filling:
1 pkg. fudge brownie mix (13 x 9 inch pan size)
1/3 C. water
1/3 C. canola oil
For The Topping:
1 pkg. (11 1/2 oz.) milk chocolate chips, melted
3/4 C. chopped walnuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Press onto the bottom of a greased 15 x 10 inch baking pan. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. In a large bowl, combine the filling ingredients. Spread over the hot crust. Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Spread the melted chocolate over the filling. Sprinkle with the walnuts. Cool completely. Cut into bars.
Makes 4 dozen
(Marys Recipe Exchange – Jennifer)
See what I mean? I really like simple, not-too-many ingredient recipes (although the ones above are definite exceptions – they all sounded so good!).
These past four days I’ve been struggling with (as my husband labeled it: Rhinovirus – read: stuffed head & nose, feeling not sick enough to go to bed, just feeling lousy/dragging.) I know I’ll be better soon, just don’t feel too productive lately. Got the laundry caught up yesterday ( a little at a time) but just didn’t have the energy to go grocery shopping (think I’ll put that one off until Monday). Read 3/4’s of a so-so book I bought on sale at the library for $1.25 – it’s OK for a ‘light novel’ – kept me interested but didn’t require a whole lot of ‘brain power’, which is what I needed yesterday. Will finish it today while reclining in my chair, trying to ‘get better’.
It’s cooled down here to the low 60’s; rained last night quite a bit and today it’s just grey and wet outside, no rain. Not complaining – it looks like I ‘feel’!
Read another ‘quote’ at the bottom of someone’s post and thought it made sense:
“It is not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells the kind of life you have lived!”
Enjoy your day!