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Feta Pasta Salad

Here’s the other side dish I took to my sister’s.  It was very yummy, too!

Feta Pasta Salad

  • cooked pasta
  • 1 bottle of Kraft Tuscan House Italian dressing (not Zesty Italian)
  • 4 oz container crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 2.25 oz can sliced black olives

Make sure pasta is rinsed in cool water.  Place in large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir well and refrigerate until ready to serve.  This is another one of those that gets better the longer it marinates. 😀

And here’s a couple of pics from the birthday bash:

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Corn on the Cob

Do you have corn in your garden this year?  I don’t…remember this?  However, Mike picked some up at Smith’s Market downtown, and we had some for dinner….and boy was it yummy!

Corn on the Cob

  • ears of corn, shucked & cleaned
  • water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • butter, to taste
  • House Seasoning, to taste

In a large pot,  add  the sugar to water and bring to a boil.  Drop in ears of corn and cook for about 3-5 minutes.  Put butter in a flat baking dish.  Remove corn from water and place on top of butter.  Roll each ear in the butter and then season with House Seasoning.

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Clark Nachos

Growing up, there were many a Sunday evening that we had these for supper.  Super basic, super easy, and super yummy.  You could always add other toppings, but my kids like the basics.  I personally like mine with Pepper Jack cheese, but colby or cheddar are just as good 😀

Clark Nachos

  • tortilla chips
  • grated cheese (cheddar, colby, monterey jack, pepper jack, or a combination of any of these)

Preheat oven to broil.  Line a 10×15 cookie sheet with foil.  Spread out tortilla chips over entire pan.  Generously sprinkle cheese on top of chips.  Pop pan into oven for just a couple minutes or until cheese starts to melt.  Serve with salsa.

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Okay, friends…it’s been awhile since I’ve posted any recipes.  And as I promised earlier this week, I’ve finally been home long enough to not only cook/bake, but to also take pictures and write about them 😀  Not only have I been home for a few days now, but I’ll be home for several days.  As it turns out…we think Cade has the chicken pox.  However, it’s the strangest chicken pox I’ve ever seen.  Monday was one heck of day with me finding out that I have Morton’s Neuroma in my foot due to limping from the sprained toe.  Can we say insult to injury?!  I have a date with the podiatrist in July to get a cortisone shot…no good.  And then I had our family doctor give Cade a once over because of a rash he had developed.  He was perplexed and sent us to a dermatologist.  The dermatologist was 90% sure it was chicken pox, but, like me, thought it was very strange version of it.  Because of being perplexed, he not only did a culture, but also a biopsy – which ended with Cade getting a shot and stitches.  It was all very stressful.  And now we have to wait until, at the very soonest, Thursday, to hear the results of what he has but they are treating him as if it is chicken pox.  Which means we are quarantined for 7-10 days.  And in the meantime….he’s rash is getting worse. And it’s all over his body.  All. over. his. body.   Thankfully, he’s not sick in any other way and it’s only minimally itchy.  I’ll spare you any pictures or details or descriptions.

Let’s move on to some happier thoughts.  Like something cold and fresh and tangy and just the right amount of heat.  Add some tortilla chips or a taco or a fajita, and you’re in summer heaven.

Shara’s Salsa

  • 2 15oz cans tomatoes (or 1 can & 2 large fresh tomatoes)
  • 1/8-1/4 of a red onion
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 dashes tobasco sauce or crushed red pepper flakes or jalapenos (something to add heat),  to your liking
  • 1 large handful of fresh cilantro

Blend all in blender or food processor.  Serve with tortilla chips.

And for something different, I added some corn to a small batch of the salsa.  I had some left over cooked corn on the cob, so I cut it off the cob and threw some in.  Oh boy, was this delish!!!!!

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