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Italian Pasta Salad


Begin with the Cucumber and Tomato Salad, I use the long green onions instead of slicing a whole sweet onion for this dish. You will need one whole bottle of Garlic Expressions.

Add about 1/2 cup diced ham or meat of your choice (pepperoni etc) sometimes I use both.

add 1 can of drained pitted black olives

about 1/3  of a whole, red, yellow and green pepper, diced. (all three kinds)

a bunch of green onions, thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)

8 0z cubed mozzarella cheese

8 0z cubed colby/jack cheese

about 6-8 oz of your favorite pasta. I prefer shells. (cooked and drained)

toss drained and cooled pasta with about 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Combine all and toss gently. This is one of those that gets better with age so you can make it the day before.  Want it extra special? Try adding some small cubes of pepper jack cheese, or a blended herb and garlic cheese.  Also, really goes over well at potlucks etc.!  You can easily double or triple the recipe and make a huge batch. Just remember to buy enough Garlic Expressions if you do! The sauce definitely makes this special!


Homemade Ham and Bean Soup

                                                                 Nothing better on a cold winter day! Easy to make, and with cornbread, Yum!

I make mine in a crock pot.  This is so easy, takes no time at all, the crock does the work for you!  Start by rinsing 1 lb. bag of great northern beans and 1/2 a 1 lb bag of pinto beans.  1 pkg dry onion soup mix.  1 ham bone with plenty of meat left on it…… now you can use ham or ham hocks, whatever you prefer.  I usually use the ham bone with lots of meat.  Of course the bone gets removed before serving…..

Put all ingredients in crock pot and add water to top of crock pot.  Cook overnight or for 5 or 6 hours, on high heat.  In the morning, or after beans are nice and tender, reduce heat to low and continue cooking til ready to serve.  Watch them and add water if necessary.  I never have to.  I like them a little thick and less soupy.

The pintos and the soup bone, give this soup a very full bodied flavor.

Now add your favorite cornbread and mmmmmmmm!!!!!