Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

 

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Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. — C.S. Lewis

Here is a yummy little recipe adapted from Cooks Country.  This recipe serves 8-10 people.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 2 cups of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 16 oz package elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 celery rib, chopped fine
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

Whisk together 1 1/2 cups milk, 1 cup mayonnaise, brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons pepper.  Refrigerate.

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot.  Add pasta and a tablespoon of salt to the water and cook until pasta is soft, about 15 minutes.  Drain pasta and return it to the pot.

Add the vinegar to the pasta and toss it until it is all absorbed.  Transfer pasta to a bowl and cool it for 10 minutes.  This is important because cooling it keeps the vinegar from curdling the dressing.

Stir in the dressing until pasta is well coated.  Cool.

Now add your scallions, carrot, celery and the remaining milk and mayonnaise.  Stir into pasta until well combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate pasta, covered, for at least an hour before serving and up to two days at most.  Serve and enjoy!

Quick Southern-Style Baked Beans


“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

This recipe and photo are from http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/08/the-best-baked-beans-ever/
recipe by Pam Anderson

Serves up to 18

  • 8 slices bacon, halved
  • 1 medium onion, cut into small dice
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, cut into small dice
  • 3 large cans (28 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup distilled or cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard or 2 tablespoons Dijon

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Fry bacon in large, deep sauté pan skillet until bacon has partially cooked and released about 1/4 cup drippings. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels. Add onions and peppers to drippings in pan and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add beans and remaining ingredients bring to a simmer. (If skillet is not large enough, add beans and heat to a simmer then transfer to a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients). Pour flavored beans into a greased 13-by 9-inch (or similar size) ovenproof pan. Top with bacon, then bake until beans are bubbly and sauce is the consistency of pancake syrup, about 2 hours. Let stand to thicken slightly and serve.

Easy Garlic Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 500°F and lightly grease a casserole dish.
  2. In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar.
  4. Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes.