Posted by starwoodgal on April 30, 2009
This is a family favorite. Partly due to the fact it contains bacon and buttermilk ranch dressing. I mean, come’on, who doesn’t love some bacon and buttermilk ranch dressing? Those two ingredients are like Peanut Butter & Jelly, Coffee and Cream, Oreos and Milk. Especially when it comes to making salads. But, I get bored with the same ol’ same ol’ summer salad. Or sum’ma – as my Aunt Nez would say.
I adore this salad. And, men don’t turn their noses up at it because it doesn’t look like a girly phoo-phoo salad because it has bacon in it. Light, creamy, crunchy, salty, and flavorful. Go on – you know you want to try it.
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 bunches fresh broccoli (florets only)
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
1/2 bottle real bacon bits
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix – mixed with mayonnaise as directed on the package
Tear broccoli florets into bits-size pieces. Add olives, cheese, bacon bits and onion. Add dressing and stir to mix. Marinate in refrigerator for two or three hours before serving. Place on a layer of lettuce leaves and garnish with paprika.
Now, if you do want a sweeter, more girly phoo-phoo salad: Replace the olives with raisins and put sugar in the Mayo instead of ranch dressing mix. Yes, be’be’ – it is wonderful stuff!
Oh! And, just so you know – I purchased this book yesterday. I’m in BIG trouble. I’ll be spending the summer cooking everything in this book and posting reviews. I swanee, she makes me homesick for my Mama’s cooking. Lawsie! Lawsie! Lawsie! Help me Rhonda.
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Posted by starwoodgal on January 8, 2009
Brace yourself! This is that cheesy, broccoli and rice casserole that those lovely little Baptist ladies use to bring to pot luck dinners. Guaranteed to block an artery or two. I love this stuff! Currently not eating this stuff, but there’s just something about broccoli and cheese and rice cooked in a butter casserole dish. It just smells and spells “made with love”. Doesn’t it!
Broccoli and Rice Casserole
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 stick butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (8 oz.) roll Jalapeno Cheese
2 (10 oz.) packages frozen broccoli, cooked and drained
3 cups cooked rice
salt and pepper to taste
grated cheddar cheese
Saute onion, bell pepper and celery in the butter. Add soups and cheese. Cook over low heat until cheese melts. Fold in broccoli and rice, salt and pepper. Top with the grated cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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