Friday, July 30, 2010

Dan's Favorite Lemonade Cake

I kid you not...when you take your first bite of this, your taste buds will be very confused.  And then they will be sent straight to heaven.  Especially if you have it on a hot summer night.  The combination of sweet and tart is amazing.  
This is a Olsen family favorite!

Dan's Favorite Lemonade Cake

1 1/2  pkgs Keebler Pecan Sandies
1/2 - 1 stick butter

 Put cookies and softened butter in KitchenAid mixer.  Mix well until cookies are crushed and ingredients are well blended.  You don't want this too buttery OR too dry.

Pat into bottom of 9 x 13 pyrex dish.   Use fingertips to spread evenly and press down gently.

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
1 can pink lemonade concentrate

Mix together in a KitchenAid Mixer or large bowl by hand.  Pour over top of cookie crust mixture and spread evenly.  
Freeze to harden, at least one hour.

Set out a few minutes prior to serving so that it's easy to cut.  
Serve and enjoy! 

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sally's Slaw Salad

 This is a recipe I got from my mother-in-law, Sally.  

This is Sally...isn't she cute?  She is so pretty and sweet.

 Anyhow, she planned a girls day for us a few summers ago and made this for lunch.  
I make it several times every summer.  It's quick, easy, light and yummy!

You will need:
1 package cole slaw
1 package broccoli slaw

 In case you have never seen broccoli slaw, you can see what it looks like next to the cole slaw.  

1 package chicken Top Ramen noodles, uncooked, crumbled well
1 can cooked chicken (or I like using fresh, grilled chicken breasts)
1/2  to 1 cup slivered almonds
1/2-1 cups chow mien noodles

Toss together.  

In a separate bowl, mix together:
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 packet Top Ramen seasoning, chicken flavor

Pour over salad and stir till coated.  

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Blueberry Salsa

I found this fabulous recipe for Blueberry Salsa in Southern Living Magazine and gave it a try for book club tonight.  It's so pretty, how could I resist?  You can also never go wrong with their recipes.  They are fool proof!

It's fairly easy to make, even better if you have a killer Cuisinart like Dan gave me this last Christmas.  Otherwise, get to choppin'.

  • 2 cups chopped fresh blueberries (I pulsed it several times in the food processor)
  • 1 cup whole fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3  tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 seeded and minced jalapeño peppers
  • 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon course sea salt
Aren't these gorgeous? 
Coarsely chop fresh blueberries. Stir together chopped fresh blueberries & whole blueberries.
 Looking not so pretty yet.
Add fresh lemon juice, chopped fresh cilantro, jalapeño peppers, red bell pepper, onion, and salt in a large bowl. 
 Ohhh...looking better!
Gently stir together. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
 I know you're thinking I missed my calling as a food stylist.  Everyone thought it was going to taste sweet and then POW!  
The salsa has a great bite to it.  This is my new go to recipe this summer - delish!