Sides

Traditional Chex Mix

March 11, 2017
by Curt

My wife has made this same recipe for years now. It’s always a hit at parties. In fact, not only does she always gets asked to make it again, but someone always asks her for the recipe.

So, give this a try, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Traditional Chex Mix

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups corn chex
  • 2 cups rice chex
  • 2 cups wheat chex
  • 2 cups cheerios
  • 1 cup mixed nuts (I only use peanuts and cashews)
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks (can be omitted)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Heat butter in large shallow roasting pan
  3. in oven until melted. Remove.
  4. Stir in seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce. Add cereal and nuts. Mix until all pieces are coated.
  5. Heat in oven 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. If you are adding the pretzels, do
  6. so after a half hour has passed.
  7. Spread on absorbent paper (brown paper bag works great) to cool.
  8. NOTE: Party mix may be frozen, so make a double batch. Thaw at room temperature.
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Smoky Pork Apple Dip

October 11, 2015
by Curt

Smoky Pork Apple DipI smoked half of a pork loin this past weekend and had plenty of leftovers. My wife had another one of her brilliant ideas! Whenever you see a healthy recipe on this site, it was my wife’s recipe. Or at least she had a big part in it.

As soon as she said what she would put into this dip, I knew we had another winner. The apple chunks really puts this over the top! And of course for me, that smoky flavor of the pork is the real kicker that makes it unique compared to the standard dips out there.

If you can’t smoke your own pork loin or tenderloin, and can’t buy it, then you could certainly use pork cooked in the oven, and I’m sure it will still be very tasty!

Smoky Pork Apple Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups smoked pork loin (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup apple (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise

Preparation

  1. In a food processor, chop the pork, pecans, celery and apple one at a time, and add each to a mixing bowl. Add the salt and the Mayonnaise and mix thoroughly.
  2. Refrigerate leftovers.
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Old Fashioned Waldorf Salad RecipeThis salad got its name from the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Created in 1896 by the maître d’hôtel Oscar Tschirky, the Waldorf salad was an instant success. The salad became popular enough that Cole Porter featured it in his 1934 song “You’re the Top“.

Since then, this salad recipe has experienced many additions and subtractions. Most changes it seems are caused by the typical and favorite foods of a particular region. In the case of this recipe, the regional influence is the southwestern part of the United States. Namely Texas and Louisiana.

I was so excited when my sister and family came over a week ago for a cookout, and my sister not only made and brought my Mom’s Waldorf salad recipe, but she brought me my Mom’s entire hand written recipe book. There are some real gems, and blasts from my past  in that recipe book that I’ll be sharing down the road on this website!

So try this one out, a true southern rendition of the “Waldorf Salad”. A definite comfort food of mine, and a very happy trip down memory lane every time I eat it!

Old Fashioned Southern Waldorf Salad Recipe

Ingredients

    Salad ingredients
  • 2 apples (diced)
  • 2 oranges (diced)
  • 2 bananas (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Maraschino cherries (cut in half)
  • 1 small bag (10.5 oz.) miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 small can pineapple chunks (with juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • dash of salt
  • Dressing
  • 1 small jar pineapple cheese spread
  • Mayonnaise (to blend)

Preparation

  1. Place salad ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the pineapple cheese spread together with mayonnaise until just creamy.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and mix together thoroughly. Chill 1 hour before serving.
http://www.smokedngrilled.com/old-fashioned-southern-waldorf-salad-recipe/

Pea Perfect Salad

August 1, 2014
by Curt

Pea Perfect SaladI was at my in-law’s 4th of July party recently, and Joan, a friend of the brother and sister in-law showed up with this interesting salad made mostly of peas. I’m not usually a big salad guy, but as I went past all the choices set out on the food tables, I thought I’d give that one a try.

Wow, I couldn’t believe how tasty it was. The peanuts in there gave it a nice crunch, and the dressing had a delicious flavor. I had to go back for seconds on the salad!

I couldn’t leave the party without asking Joan for the recipe. Within a few days, my wife and I had the recipe in our hot little eager hands.

Joan said she added cheese, and doubled the mayo and Italian dressing, so my recipe here has been slightly modified, but I still want to give credit to the Taste of Home website where the original came from.

Pea Perfect Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup prepared zesty Italian salad dressing

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine the peas, peanuts, celery, cheese, bacon and onion. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and Italian dressing.
  2. Pour over salad and toss to coat. (Note: Use just enough dressing to hold it together).
  3. Chill until serving.
http://www.smokedngrilled.com/pea-perfect-salad/