Recipe Ideas?

  1. I have a cookout coming up thrown by some friends of my bf's parents...I'd like to do a little sucking up and be domestic.

    Anyone have any ideas on some good recipes for salads, breads, desserts, appetizers, etc, etc, etc?

    Thanks in advance...

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  4. by   RNinICU
    Drain a can of fruit cocktail, a can of mandarin orange segments, and a small jar of cherries. Mix in a bowl. add a cup of miniature marshmallows, and a cup of coconut. Mix wall with enough cool whip to cover everything. This gets better if it sits in the fridge for a few hours.

    Slice cucumbers and onions thinly, mix in a bowl with any kind of creamy or sweet and sour dressing. I like Marzetti's cole slaw dressing.

    Prepare a box of any flavor Jello, and place in the fridge until it just starts to set. Soften an 8 oz pack of cream cheese, and then whip it with a regular size container of Cool Whip until well mixed. Add the semi-set jello and whip again until well blended. Pour it into two graham cracker pie crusts and refrigerate until set. You can top it with fruit pie topping and more cool whip, or serve it plain.

    I really like the boxed pasta salad mixes, too. I usually make home made baked beans for family gatherings. That's a two day recipe however, definitely not quick and easy.
  5. by   RNinICU
    You could also try a shrimp ball. Soften an eight ounce package of cream cheese. Add 1/2 to one clove minced garlic and two to three table spoons minced onion. Use more or less according to how pungent you want it to be. Add one 6 oz can drained baby shrimp, and mix well with a fork. Form into a ball and refrigerate. Just before serving, place in serving dish and pour bottled cocktail sauce over the ball. Serve as a spread with crackers.
  6. by   Paprikat
    How about a seven layer dip? Easy...
    500 ml sour cream mixed with 1 package of taco seasoning mix
    1 can refried beans
    cheddar cheese and top with
    green onions
    (I also add jalapeno peppers on top)

    Serve with nachos
  7. by   Paprikat
    By the way, I have made the jello dessert RNinICU had suggested. Very good and easy to make!
  8. by   moonchild20002000
    Here is a salad recipe that is very easy


    In a bowl layer

    chopped green pepper
    sliced celery
    chopped onion I like to use purple onion
    tiny frozen peas not thawed
    mayonnaise I spread a thin layer over the peas
    a few spoons of sugar sprinlked over the mayonnaise
    grated cheddar cheese
    bacon bits
    Let this set overnight in the fridge

    I like to use a clear glass bowl so you can see all the layers.When you assemble the salad I make each layer about 1-11/2 inches deep
  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    Ok, quick and easy with a food processor:

    1 head of cabbage
    3-4 carrots
    1 cup golden raisins
    1 small can crushed pineapple
    3-4 tablespoons mayo
    white pepper to taste

    Cut up, then shred carrots and cabbage in a food processor. Transfer them to salad bowl, add the other ingredients, and mix well, cover, and chill for at least a few hours.

    This picks up the most flavor if it is done the day before. Enjoy!
  10. by   ERNurse752
    Thanks for all the replies!
    Mmmmmmm...who needs to wait for the cookout?
  11. by   Zee_RN
    Twenty-Two Second Salad

    cup oil
    cup sugar
    1 TBL poppy seeds
    1 tsp. dry mustard
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. grated onion
    cup white vinegar
    1 pkg. (16 oz) coleslaw mix
    1 pkg. (10 oz) frozen peas, thawed
    cup dry roasted peanuts

    Combine first 7 ingredients in container with a tight-fitting lid; shake to dissolve sugar (this is the dressing). When ready to serve, combine coleslaw mix and peas; toss with dressing. Sprinkle with peanuts (right before serving).

    Easy Pasta Salad

    * Pasta of your choice (I like the tri-color bow ties or springs), cooked according to package directions
    * Package of Feta cheese
    * Can of sliced olives
    * Italian Dressing
    * anything else you'd like to thow in (diced ham, veggies, etc.)

    Mix all together!