Saturday, August 22, 2009

Frog Eye Salad or Dong-Dong Salad

Having eaten animal eyes, I strongly object to the title of this recipe. In Chinese, these little balls of pasta were known as dong-dong. Which, roughly translated is just "little things." If I titled this Dong-Dong Salad, I would be happier but no one else would know what I was talking about. So do I go with my gut or follow the trend? Maybe I can start slowly.THis version is from Jennifer Frank. I adjusted a tiny bit. You can add other fruit - I've had it with bananas but you have to eat it all right away. You can add fresh fruit if you eat it all right away. If you are planning on making it in advance or keeping leftovers, stick with canned fruit that has been drained.

Boil 1 1/3 cup of Acini de Pepe with a dash of salt for 9-10 minutes and drain in strainer.
Put in large serving bowl.

While that cooks, mix the following:
1 ½ cups Pineapple Juice
1 Cup sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1 ½ tsp salt
2 heaping Tbsp flour
1 tsp lemon juice
Combine and heat over medium, stirring constantly until mixture boils and thickens. Pour over Acini and stir.

Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.

The next day add:
1 lg can Mandarin oranges (drained)
1 can pineapple tidbits (drained)
1 small can crushed pineapple (drained)
6 oz Cool Whip
1 small jar of maraschino cherries
Half a bag of mini marshmallows

Mix well and serve ... or store a little longer.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Spagetti Dogs



Serve with anything. At this point, why let shame get in the way?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Aloha Pasta Salad

I made this recipe for a baby shower for Cyndi Broadhead. The recipe was provided by Tara, her sister. When she first sent the recipe, I was a little apprehensive. I really do not have a background in pimento use and I tend to be a little wary of a sweet and savory pasta salad. All those fears were put to rest. As soon as I finished this, my kids ate it for breakfast before I left for the shower. They all loved it. I tried it and could definitely see the appeal. This is one I will make again. I might do a little tweaking, but not much. What can I say? It works.

3 cups medium shell pasta (uncooked)
1 cup Best Foods Mayonnaise
1- 8 ox. Kraft Coleslaw dressing
6 chicken breasts cooked and cubed
2- 20 ox. cans crushed pineapple (drain and reserve juice)
2 cups diced red apple (soak in pineapple juice to preserve)
2 cups red seedless grapes
2 cups chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cups minced onion
1 small jar pimento (I'm calling this optional)
1/2 cup cashews (a little bit more wouldn't do anybody any harm)
salt and pepper
Cook pasta according to package. Cool and stir in dressings. Add remaining ingredients, Drain off pineapple juice from apples before adding to pasta. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 25 one cup servings.