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Tay’s TAYsty Pasta

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AMAZING Dish! With a SECRET Ingredient! Most know of the Italian Salad Recipe. This one has a few things that make it STAND OUT! Plus, Lower in Calories, than most. 

16 oz. Garden Delight Rotini Noodles
1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4tsp Sea Salt

 SAUCE (Premix):
1 Bottle Regular or Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (We used Reg. -Essential)
1.5T BALSAMIC Vinegar (Use! Don’t skip!)
1.5T Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)
1tsp White Sugar
1/2c jarred Roasted SWEET Red & Yellow Peppers in Marinade, chopped (Opt.)

1c Mild Cheddar or Colby Cheese Brick, cubed
1c Tomatoes, gutted and diced (We’ve used drained Basil/Oregano Tom. in pinch)
3/4c Signature Honey Ham Cubes
1 pkg. TURKEY Pepperoni Slices
1 can small/pitted Black Olives, drained well
UP TO 1/2c Red Onions, chopped or minced (Opt.)
1/3 Cucumber, peeled and cubed
1/3c Red Pepper, seeded and gutted, cubed (Opt.)

PREMIX Sauce Ingredients. Set aside. Cook Noodles in Boiling Water with Salt and Oil (Oil helps noodles from later sticking).  Drain well. Rinse with Cold Water, drain well, again. Be gentle.
Add all to bowl. CAREFULLY MIX all Ingredients. Add to fridge til use.
Please note, the longer it sits, the MORE the noodles will soak up flavor of sauce. Creating a less flavorful dish.

*** NOTES:
Salami (Diced) in place of Ham OR, Better Yet BOTH! MEAT IS YOUR PREFERENCE! We used Turkey Pepperoni to cut Cals. It was AWESOME! Also, for Cheese, you can choose to do: 1/2c Mild Cheddar (Cubed) with 1/2c Other Cheese of Choice (Cubed).

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Creole Crab and Potato Salad

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Cooking Potatoes:
5 Potatoes (I used Golddust, what I had.)
1T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2T TONY’S Creole Seasoning
1/4tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Sea Salt

Sauce:
3/4c Miracle Whip
1/2tsp Worcestershire
1tsp Lemon Juice
1tsp Paprika
1tsp Mustard
1.5-2T Sweet Relish

3T REAL Bacon Pieces
4T Celery, minced
4T Sweet MINI Bell Peppers, chopped.
2T Onions, minced
1c Crab (I used imitation… I’m cheap!)

Boiled Eggs, sliced
Shredded Cheese

For HEAT Optional Adds: Louisiana Hot Sauce (Or, to top each Bowl), Minced Jalapenoes (Or, to top each bowl), Cayenne, Red Pepper Flakes

Cube Potatoes. Add Potatoes to ziploc bag. Add half Oil. Shake. Add in HALF Pepper, Creole, and Salt, shake. Add in Rest of Oil, then Season, shake. I allow to set/marinade 30minutes. Grill in Foil. (Or bake how desired).
I premake Sauce, and set aside til use. You can eat this salad warmed or cooled. If cooled (As most are): Grill or Bake Potatoes. Set into fridge to cool some. Mix with Sauce, stir in Vegis, NO LONGER THAN 30 minutes prior to serving. Top with Egg Slices and Shredded Cheese.

Optional to sprinkle top of Cheese, LIGHTLY, with Lawry’s Seasonal Salt, or More Creole. (I SKIPPED the extra salting).

Notes: I add Sauce close to serving time, due to Potatoes Eating Up Sauce. More flavorful that way.

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Quick and EASY Egg Salad

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Easter means… Boiled and Dyed Eggs! Get Your Egg Salad On!

Boiled Eggs
Miracle Whip or Spin Blend Mayonnaise
LITTLE Squirt of Mustard
Good Sprinkle of Paprika
Few Drops to a Splash of Lemon Juice (100% Fridge Kind)

For Heat, I add:
Splash of Louisiana Hot Sauce or Tabasco
Cayenne Powder
Jalapeno, minced
Onion, minced

Other Optional Adds:
Celery, minced
Real Bacon Pieces
Sweet Red/Green Bell Peppers, minced

Mix all. Stuff Eggs (Deviled Eggs), Egg Salad Sandwiches… Or, Mix (I do with Heat options, Celery, Real Bacon Pieces). Top a Soft Shell with a Lil Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese. Roll up, tucking in sides. Heat Skillet. Spray with Butter Flavor Cooking Spray. Brown each side. Sprinkle with a Little Garlic Powder (Or a LITTLE Garlic Salt). Eat, or place in fridge for later Cooler eating!

Cr-Ana-Berry Fudgies (Ana’s Bananas about Her Cranberry Fudge)

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1.5c Chocolate Chips
1/2tsp Vanilla Extract
7 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
1-1.5T Butter (I used 1.5T  Salted Sweet Cream Butter)
4-5T Less Sugar Craisins (Dried Cranberries)
1/4tsp Cocoa Powder

Optional: Banana Chips (Dried Bananas), crushed. With kid’s allergy to nuts (Brownie/Fudge Recipes are usually topped with Nuts)… We improvise, sometimes, with pressing Crushed Banana Chips onto top,  once at a slight cool.

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Double Broiler (No Double Broiler? Do what I do (Tip Below!)), then added ALL ingredients into the pan, except Banana Chips.
Once to a smooth melt, I shut off heat. Give it a minute. Pour into a pan lined with plastic non stick sheet/oven liner/etc. (So, it doesn’t stick to pan). Press firm to form to a square/rectangle to thickness desired.
Optional to Sprinkle top with Banana Chips, crushed, and give a light press.
Once to an almost cool, place into fridge for 1 hour. Cut into squares.
*** No Double Broiler? What I do, is I take two pans. In one pan, I fill with a little water. I place a Mason Jar Lid into the water (To hold other pan level(ish)). I bring to a slight Boil. I add another pan IN the pan with water (Creating a Double Boiler Pan to melt Fudge without placing onto direct heat.)
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Dat Poos-ta’s the DEVIL! (Deviled Egg Pasta Salad)

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4c COOKED Shell Noodles, and drained (Or to taste)
10 Boiled Eggs, minced
2c Mayo
1/8c Apple Cider Vinegar
3T Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Sugar
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
3/4 tsp Paprika + More to sprinkle later
1/4 tsp Black Course Pepper
1/3c Sweet Relish
1/2 Onion, chopped
1.5 to 2c Celery
Small handful Mild Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Optional: SPLASH EACH bowl served with HOT SAUCE. Sprinkle each bowl with minced sliced tamed Jalapeno Slices.

Mix season, sugar, vinegar, mayo, relish, onions, and celery. Set in fridge. Boil noodles (Boil: Bring water with 1/8tsp sea salt and .5T Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add noodles, cook 10-13minutes). Drain. Add all together. Top with shredded cheese. Sprinkle top with a LITTLE paprika.
Tip: When boiling noodles, add EVOO to water. Helps with noodles sticking. And… Depending on how saucy you want this… Try 4.5 to 5 cups noodles. But, note that the longer it sits the more the noodles eat up the flavor.

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Chili Cheese Dip

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This was given to us by an awesome family member. Her and her friends made this while camping. It’s a hit!
 They called it the Camperville Dip.

Spread 8 oz Philly Cream Cheese in the bottom of the pan (Like an 8×8 square).
Spread a can of Hormel Chili on top of it (I use no beans but other people get spicy or whatever).
Top with Cheese (I used Cheddar and Mozzarella, but, whatever you like.).
Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes until cheese melts and it’s bubbly around the edges.
Serve with Frito Scoops… That’s it!

Can also load this over fries (Try Sweet Potato), Garlic Bread, etc.