Two of my cousins, Claire and Kim, like to make my recipes which makes me SO happy! They’re also not shy about calling me while standing in grocery store aisles or their kitchens with urgent questions about ingredients and cooking techniques. To be honest, I LOVE this. It throws me back to teaching. If I could give all of you my number and be a hotline of sorts, I would do it. When Kim recently texted to ask if I had a potato salad recipe on the site, I faltered! Time to make potato salad.
The colors are Christmas in July but the flavors are pure summertime. With herb gardens generously yielding their bounty thanks to the buckets of rain we’ve been getting, jazzing up this basic pasta salad was a cinch.
This recipe was a staple in the high school kitchens where I worked and it was, without fail, a huge hit every semester. I reworked a few ingredients and it was high time, because the general idea here is incredible. You can use sugar cookie dough to make any size “crust”, from mini 2 inch bites to a full 12 inch pizza; you can experiment with various fruits and the decorating process will make you feel like you’re in an elementary school art class.
This was EASY. And I mean it (Lindsay Ridell I really mean it). For summertime entertaining this is a no brainer. It serves 8-10 and can be made days in advance, not to mention it takes about twenty minutes of “effort time” to put together. And really, who doesn’t love ice cream desserts and peanut butter chocolate desserts (this checks both boxes).
Healthy yet somehow indulgent and addictive. I mean, vegetable indulgent, not chocolate cake indulgent. This would be a great rice salad to bring to even a potluck barbecue, as it’s gluten, dairy and egg free.
One of the first meals that I started to “play around with” in a no-recipe kind of way baked ziti. I realized that with pasta, cheese, sauce, and fix-ins you could absolutely make edible slash delicious dinners. I’d add meat and veggies to make the dish more substantial, and this was a pretty frequent meal in our house – until gluten free came on the scene. There’s been a lot more meat (thanks Costco) and I was starting to miss my Italian food.
Lemon Lush is a favorite dessert in my family. Every 4th of July this is served, and devoured, without fail. If you read the ingredients you’ll see packaged lemon pudding mix – you can trust that if I’m sharing a recipe with a pre-packaged mix the results had better be fantastic.