Thursday, September 5, 2019

Friday Friend Recipes #230 - Artichoke Pasta Salad

Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.

What is the Friday Friend cookbook? I had about 50 of my closest friends and family (from all over the county) on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends . At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 19 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions, exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts, had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday. (plus so much more....)

AND, we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
I was looking at the cookbook the other night and I said, "I should make every recipe in here for my blog."
The Handyman--who knows me better than I know myself (this happened to be a question on the Friday Friend forum once---does your spouse/partner know you better than you know yourself?)--said,  "you'll never, EVER do that."

WELL---maybe I'll show him!  Maybe I will.

Which brings me to this... recipe #230
My mother-in-law's Artichoke Pasta  Salad

It tasted good.
The photographs do not do it justice.
The balsamic vinegar I used was very  dark and the pasta soaked up the color, SO if that offends you for some odd reason, don't use a hearty balsamic, but something lighter.
This is easy and good--a little different take on a pasta salad.

So, this is my favorite mother-in-law Teresa's recipe, her 8th one in the countdown.
I was going to do this write up about what a great time we had at the wedding of her son and daughter.  What a great mother of the bride--and groom, she was.
Yes!  Her son and daughter. 
It was a double wedding--they married other people, they just had a double wedding. 
The Handyman likes to say 'the day my brother and sister got married'.
It kind of freaks people out and we laugh and laugh before we tell them.
We're kind of weird.

They had the best wedding!
I'll write all about the next time one of 'my' recipes comes up.
But for now--I'll just show you a photo of the Handyman and his mother (my favorite mother-in-law) at said wedding.

You can tell by the photo that they had the BEST wedding, but that's a tale for another day.
This story just took a turn of its own--- because of the mystery of the coconut bra.
It is missing!
The coconut bra is property of our friend Shelly and she loaned it to the Handyman for his wedding attire and she says she hasn't seen it since.

Seen below with Barbara Brown, the editor and publisher of the original Friday Friend cookbook (meaning she typed all these darn things out, made copies, punched holes, put in notebooks, etc)
Barb was at the wedding, but never wore the bra.
(but apparently had enough to drink to bravely point out a coconut nipple)

Much later Shelly is seen at book club with coconut bra on over her clothes.
Thank goodness the Handyman has proof he returned Shelly's bra.

Much, Much later a coconut bra is seen on Debbie E at Cooking Club.
Shelly is not concerned because this is not the same coconut bra.  Not hers. 
Still hers has not been seen since book club.
What does that mean?  That book club was wilder than the wedding reception of the Handyman's brother and sister?
That book club was so wild another coconut bra had to be purchased for Cooking Club?
What happened at book club? 
What happened to the coconut bra?!
Stay tuned to find out!

Also-- we love a theme apparently!

My friends I bring to you recipe #230!

Only 137 left to go!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Friday Friend Recipes #228 and #229 -- Corn Pudding and Chicken Rice Salad

Come with me as I continue to countdown my Friday Friend Cookbook!
What is it, you may ask?
In a nutshell....
About 20 years ago, 50 of my closest friends and family, who had been on an
  e-mail forum with me, sent in recipes in different categories and we compiled a cookbook.
I decided to count those down!
Because one night I was looking thru the cookbook and I said, "I should make every recipe in  here for my blog."
The Handyman, who thinks he knows me better than I know myself, said "you'll never EVER do that."
Well, maybe I will!  Maybe I'll show him!

Which brings me to recipes #228 and 229
Barb's Corn Pudding and Chicken and Rice Salad

Corn Pudding
Barbara Brown

1 15oz can whole corn
1 15oz can creamed corn
1/2 cup melted butter
2 beaten eggs
8oz sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
8 1/2 oz box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Mix all together.  Pour into an 8x8 greased pan.  Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes, or until knife inserted comes out clean)

Some  people I know have corn pudding as a Thanksgiving staple.  We were more of the green bean casserole Thanksgiving people.  But now, I'm excited to say that we are turning into the homemade Mac and Cheese kind of people, due to my daughter-in-law who is from Virginia.
But again, I digress--corn pudding is heavenly and I can eat it any time with any roast meat.
There are a couple versions of it in this cookbook countdown, but this is the classic!

I love this rice salad.  I think it's perfect for a luncheon with a friend. Maybe serve with some fruit and a muffin and you're done!

Chicken & Rice Salad
Barbara Brown

3 cups cooked white or brown rice
2 large cooked chicken breasts
2 stalks diced celery
1 small can sliced olives
4 sliced green onions
1/2 cup mayo (might need more)
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1/2 cup chopped cashews

Combine rice, chicken, celery, olives, nuts and onion. Stir together mayo and dressing; add to rice mixture. 
Toss to coat. 
Cover and chill

When it comes to the 228th and 229th recipes in the FF Cookbook and Barb's 50th and 51st recipes--it's hard to come up with new photos and new stories.

These photos were taken when they came to visit one time and I was trying to figure out how to do the timer on my camera.  Without a tri-pod.
The camera was on my kitchen counter--then we raised it somehow, so in the 2nd picture we are not so crouched over.

My kitchen is no longer  yellow.
The Handyman's and Doug's hair is all white now.

But Barb and I? 
We look exactly the same!

I sent Barb a text the other day to see if I could come up with a story.
I asked her a bunch of questions-- one was 
have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
She answered
Doug owned a motorcycle for awhile.  Used to take rides in Elk Grove without helmets!
I said
I seem to remember something else on a motorcycle
She said
That was on the motorcycle in the garage in Nampa Idaho


My friends I bring to you recipes #228 and 229!

Only 138 left to go!

Friday Friend Recipes #230 - Artichoke Pasta Salad

Making my way thru my  Friday Friend Cookbook , one recipe at a time. ...