MyVanity02's Recipe Reviews
Posted 9/20/2010 7:03:50 PM
Picnic Pasta Salad
Huge hit at yesterday's BBQ, happy I doubled it! Best part was making it the night before, one less thing I had to deal with the day of the party. Cooked the pasta very "al dente" so it wouldn't get too mushy while the flavors combined overnight. It needs to chill more than two hours or you are missing the point of this salad. I used both dried basil and oregano as well as Hunt's Basil, Garlic, & Oregano sauce. Other reviewer suggested sea salt on the pasta before dressing so I tried it. Because I doubled the serving, I used the entire bottle of cheap zesty Italian dressing, that little bit more was tasty. Adding the crunch of green pepper seemed so necessary that I added a little red bell pepper as well. Left the skins on the cucumbers and used half the olives called for. Sliced the mushrooms so they were easy for the picky to pick out but still got to contribute. Roma tomatoes hold their shape well in this salad. So tasty, so easy!
Posted 3/8/2010 4:14:14 PM
Goin' Fishin' Chex® Mix
What a tasty snack! I made this for a Super Bowl party and it was a big hit. Gone by the end of the night! I too was a little apprehensive about the ranch, but the flavor is wonderful. It's really not your standard snack mix and I'm sure that's what makes it so appealing... well, that and the fish shaped pretzels. I was in a rush and made it in the microwave but want to try baking it next time.
Posted 3/3/2010 11:14:01 PM
So-Simple Salsa Dip
This recipe is almost too easy! I used more salsa than it calls for so it wasn't too pink. The color freaked out some guest but it was a hit overall.
Posted 12/8/2009 9:23:30 PM
Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Makeover)
Quick and easy recipe but I had to tweak it to give it more flavor. Definitely needs more garlic than called for, but how much more is up to personal taste. Using reduced-fat ingredients is smart especially if you are going to add 1/2 cup more sour cream, which I found to be necessary to make them as creamy as hoped.
Posted 12/8/2009 9:14:38 PM
This was very easy to make, ready in minutes, and even more, it got a great response this past Thanksgiving! I used bouillon cubes instead of the granules the recipe recommends but I'm sure it didn't make a huge difference. Also, instead of substituting a whole cup of milk, I used only half a cup to satisfy the "creamy but not too creamy" request. The browning sauce is necessary to get it the color pictured but it does get a little darker the longer you cook it, just not that dark.