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Monday, July 21, 2014

Berry Summer Poke Cake

1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
1 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup quartered fresh strawberries
1/2 cup each fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
1 Tbsp. KOOL-AID Strawberry Flavor Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

PREPARE cake batter and bake in 13x9-inch pan as directed on package. Cool cake in pan 15 min. Pierce cake with large fork or skewer at 1/2-inch intervals.

ADD boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water; slowly pour over cake. Refrigerate 3 hours. Meanwhile, toss berries with drink mix. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

FROST cake with COOL WHIP; top with berries

Place unopened tub in refrigerator for 4 hours. Do not thaw in microwave.
For variety, prepare using orange or lime flavor JELL-O Gelatin and KOOL-AID.
This is a great cake to bring to a picnic or potluck party. Bake the poke cake as directed. Place COOL WHIP and berries in separate containers. Refrigerate all until ready to bring to the party. Top the cake with the COOL WHIP and fruit just before serving.

One of my families favorite refreshing summer cakes. Thank you Kraft for reminding me about this cake. I must make at once. 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Hot Potato Salad

1 pound processed cheese (such as Velveeta)
8 baking potatoes (about 4 lb.)
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives
Vegetable cooking spray
6 bacon slices, cut into 2-inch pieces

1. Freeze cheese 45 minutes to 1 hour. Meanwhile, cook potatoes in boiling water to cover 25 to 30 minutes or until tender; drain and cool completely.

2. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch cubes. Grate frozen cheese, using large holes of a box grater.

3. Preheat oven to 325°. Whisk together mayonnaise and half-and-half in a large bowl. Stir in onion, olives, potatoes, and cheese until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with bacon pieces.

4. Bake at 325° for 55 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil, and broil 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Let stand 5 minutes.

Here is a Southern Living recipe. Perfect for a special side dish or a dish to bring.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Frozen Citrus Pie

1 can (6 oz.) lemonade frozen concentrate
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
3 1/2 cups thawed whipped topping
1 Graham cracker crust
Yellow food coloring, if desired

Place concentrate in large mixing bowl and beat about 30 seconds. Gradually spoon in ice cream and blend. Fold in whipped topping, and add food coloring, whipping until smooth. Freeze, if necessary until mixture will mound. Spoon into pie crust. Freeze until firm at least 4 hours.

You can use any frozen citrus concentrate.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Fruit Pops

1/2 cup sugar
1 bag frozen mangos
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 bag frozen strawberries
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Start by combining 1 cup water with the sugar in a small saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and let it warm while the sugar dissolves.

Pour half the sugar syrup into a blender with the frozen mangos and lime juice. Puree until totally smooth. Pour the mango mixture into the bottom quarter of some ice pop molds and freeze for 20 minutes.

Add the other half of the syrup to the blender with the frozen strawberries and lemon juice. Puree until smooth and pour it into the molds to the halfway mark. Freeze for 20 minutes.

Repeat with another layer of mango and strawberry. Freeze until solid.

It is summer and what could me more perfect that icy cold fruit pops. This is the Pioneer Woman's recipe. Enjoy!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Grilled Pineapple with Yogurt Honey Drizzle

1 Fresh Pineapple, sliced 1/2" thick
8 oz. Plain Yogurt
1/4 cup Honey
2 teaspoons of Cinnamon

In a medium size bowl, combine the yogurt, honey and cinnamon and set aside. Place pineapple slices on a hot grill and grill just to warm, making sure to get nice cross hatch (grill marks) on serving side. Place on serving plate and drizzle with yogurt, honey sauce. Serve warm.

This recipe came from a gourmet cooking class that I attended.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

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