Monday, July 30, 2012

SNICKERS SALAD {FOR SECRET RECIPE CLUB}

Snickers Salad
This month’s Secret Recipe Club assigned blog was, Bru Crew Life. I must say, picking a recipe to make from Jocelyn’s blog was the toughest for me so far. How was I possibly to choose just one out of such amazing treats as White Chocolate Goo Goo Cluster Brownies, Brookie Bites, and Peanut Butter Pie Parfaits, just to name a few? Well, in the end I decided on this unique Snickers Salad because it’s SOOOO different than anything I’d typically think of making either as a dessert or a salad. (But you better believe I will be trying those other recipes real soon!)
I had to laugh when my 9 year old daughter asked what we were having for dessert and I told her Snickers salad, she gasped and said, “Eeeww, gross! Snickers in salad for dessert?” It was kind of a proud moment for me that my daughter knows salad around here to be spinach and lettuce :)  Needless to say, she was more than happy to scarf down this sweet concoction!

Snickers Salad

1 (3.5 oz.) box Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 C. Milk
1 container Cool Whip
8 Apples, diced (I used 2 very large apples and that was PLENTY)
6 Snickers Candy Bars (I used about 10 fun size), cut into chunks
Mix the pudding with the milk. Stir. Fold in Cool Whip. Let set up in refrigerator for at least one hour. Add the apples and Snickers and enjoy!







Thursday, July 12, 2012

INA GARTEN’S WILD RICE SALAD

wild rice salad
Does it seriously take 2 weeks to post something in the summer?  I've made so many things I've wanted to post, but the problem with doing a post is getting a picture of the food before it’s gone! I saw this recipe on The Barefoot Contessa this morning as I was exercising and thought it was a perfect answer to my chicken dinner side dish dilemma. I’ve had a bag of wild rice hanging out in my pantry for several months…yay! She said this is a recipe she'd make for buffets and it was a hit. I agree! I made this salad in advance, stuck it in the fridge and it was ready to go when we were. I used what I had on hand, so my mix ins are slightly different than what the recipe calls for, but that’s the beauty of it; it’s totally customizable! I’m looking forward to leftovers for lunch!

Ina Garten's Wild Rice Salad          serves 4-6

  • 1 cup long-grain wild rice (6 ounces)
  • 2 1/2 tsp. salt, divided use
  • 2 navel oranges
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar (I used red wine vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup seedless green grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted (I used walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (I used dried cherries)
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Place the wild rice in a medium pot with 4 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of salt and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 50 to 60 minutes, until the rice is very tender. Drain well and place the rice back in the pot. Cover and allow to steam for 10 minutes.*
While the rice is still warm, place it in a mixing bowl. Peel the oranges with a sharp knife, removing all the white pith. Cut between the membranes and add the orange sections to the bowl with the rice. Add the olive oil, orange juice, raspberry vinegar, grapes, pecans, cranberries, scallions, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper. Allow to sit for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Taste for seasonings and serve at room temperature.
* I just used my electric steamer and cooked the rice for 65 minutes, then drained.