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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's Tastey Tuesday again!

.....these weeks sure do go by fast!

Now that we're heading into the final stretch of pre-Christmas parties and whipping up all those scrumptious foods we signed up for as well as putting the finishing touches on our decorating and shopping and wrapping, we're running out of steam and possibly even money!!! 'Tis the season....right?
In honor of this time of the year...when our pocketbooks are getting lighter and we are worried about packing on the pounds and we can't think of one more thing to make.....I wanted to share a recipe that you can use to take to a big pot luck (as I am doing today) or as a nice starter for your holiday meal. And, with the addition of a few extras--it can also be a wonderful meal in itself! It makes a nice presentation, is extremely yummy and can be made less expensively by using store or off-label brands.'s a salad! And, we life-long dieters know---salads are always a welcome addition to any holiday spread. Although, don't let the word "salad" fool' s not exactly diet-conscious. But, it can fool you into thinking that it is.....with all that lettuce!!!
Sometimes it's okay to be fooled....

Judi's Big Holiday Salad
(you can put it in a pretty holiday bowl or one of those big foil roasters)

(I use Aldi's brand or the house brand of the grocery what is least expensive)
(MIX together at least 2 hours ahead to let the flavors mingle...put in fridge)
1/2 bottle of Balsamic Vinegarette Dressing
1/2 bottle of Creamy Ceasar (or Creamy Garlic Ceasar) Dressing
(I go to Aldi's...their prices are the best. But, Sam's & Trader Joe's also has economical prices on these)
2 bags Butter Lettuces
2 bags Spring Mix
Mix Ins
(I use Aldi's brands or house brands or Sam's
or Trader Joe's for these items also)
1 bag dried cranberries
1 container or bag of glazed pecans or walnuts
1 box of boursin cheese---(this is like a cream cheese....
I smash it up with a fork and make it into crumbles....
it mixes with the dressing for a yummy consistency)
1 container crumbled feta cheese
1 bag of shredded Italian cheeses (mixture)
1/2 small container of fried onions
Before ready to serve.....sprinkle lettuce mixture liberally with black pepper
Add all the mix-ins and dressing and fold everything together....toss it very well....coating everything with the dressing and
getting the boursin cheese throughout.
To make it into a main course salad--you can pick up a roaster chicken to shred and add in or cook up a few frozen salmon pieces (seasoned to your liking) to cut up and add in.

Now, come on.....share some of you fav recipes.....
we can all use a little bit of help!!!


Jen from Oregon said...


I'm going to try to make tamales for the hubby... wish me luck, I will need it!

Jody V said...

Lately I've made empanadas for the family and friends. Another big hit! Thank you Rose!!

Goya Brand "discos" are frozen turnover dough circles ready to use in your local grocers freezer section (by me it’s by the ethnic frozen food ex. Perogies, Goya products). The dough is sold frozen and it comes in 2 forms one is white (flour) and the yellow (corn) version of the dough. This is how you prepare the turnover pastries:

1. Defrost dough. (Any dough that is left over should be refrigerated after it’s been defrosted)

2. Spread dough out slightly using roller.

3. Cut the disco in half. Place 1 or 2 teaspoons filling in center of dough.

4. Turn dough over to form a half-circle and close sides by pressing with a fork.

5. Cooking processes:

1. Fry pastry in medium-hot oil until golden brown


2. Place on a cookie sheet pan and brush egg wash (1 egg mixed with water) over turnovers

3. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes until golden brown.

I put a mixture of cooked chicken breast cut up, Frank's hot sauce and cheddar cheese in these. They were amazing. Then I ventured to sausage and peppers. I sauteed the sausage and peppers and used that for filling. They were great also. I am going to try spinach and artichoke dip mix in them for this weekend. They are so versatile!!

Kathy said...

Ok Judi, here are the two recipes you requested:

Chai Tea Mix

1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 1/2 cups powdered non-dairy creamer
1 1/2 cups French vanilla flavored non-dairy creamer
1 1/4 cups Splenda
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cardamom

In a large bowl, combine milk powder, creamers, Splenda
and instant tea. Stir in ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.
In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup at a time, until mixture
is the consistancy of fine powder.
To serve: Stir 2 heaping Tablespoons Chai Tea mixture into a mug of hot
water. Enjoy!!

Santa Maria Style Seasoning Salt

1 cup Sea Salt
1/3 c Black Pepper
1/2 c Garlic Powder
2 tsp Sugar
1/3 c dried parsley

Put in blender til smooth

Use as a seasoning or a rub. Great on steaks and burgers