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Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad
This yummy recipe-for-two is from Melissa Borghorst. She and Anne Sweeny are RV traveling from Florida to Nebraska at this time. Thank you, Melissa.
4 ounces bow tie pasta
2 cups spinach leaves
1/2 cup Craisins
1/2 cup cashews or pine nuts
4- ounce container of Mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
Kikkoman teriyaki baste and glaze
Cook pasta , drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
In large bowl ( or arrange on plate) toss together pasta, spinach, Craisins,
nuts, oranges, and cilantro. Pour dressing over salad, toss and serve.
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Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week
When it’s your turn to bring dessert to the campground potluck, church picnic or family reunion, throw together this fruity pudding in your crock pot or oven. It’s a snap to make with frozen pancakes, your own or store-bought.
10 to 12 pancakes
Large can of peach slices, well drained
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
Butter a slow cooker. Cut pancakes in half across the equator and stand them up in the cooker, cut side down and round side up. They should fill the cooker loosely but tightly enough to stand up.
Tuck peach slices randomly between the pancakes.
Whisk eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, extract, milk and cream until well mixed. Pour into the cooker. Cook 3 hours on High or 5 hours on Low until pudding is set. Spoon into serving dishes. Serves 8 to 10. Serve as is or with a squirt of whipped cream.
Camp Cook Tips
* Go from oven, camp stove or campfire to the table with this attraction enameled red dutch oven.
* Plastic storage containers tend to hold odors.Occasionally give them a soaking in hot water with baking soda dissolved in it. 1 quart water+ 1 tablespoon baking soda. Rinse, air dry.
* Serve oysters the easiest way yet. Cook them on the half shell in this cast iron grill pan. It’s also good for baking eggs on the grill. Melt butter in the holes, break eggs, cover with a sheet of foil. To bake biscuits in this pan keep heat at medium low and turn several times to bake through and brown both sides.
* Ruffled coffee filters are the ideal size “napkins” for serving tacos.
* Use this type of ice cream scoop on a seedless watermelon and serve the balls in cones.
Make your own snack recipes, then package in snack bags to carry in a pocket or backpack. Recipes galore, some sweet and some savory. See Create A Gorp.
Secret Recipe Pasta
The secret ingredient in this big, family batch of pasta is balsamic vinegar.
16-ounce package spaghetti
1/4 cup olive oil
2 large onions, diced
2 cans, 8 ounces each, sliced mushrooms, drained
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ cup pasta water
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Shaker of Parmesan
While spaghetti cooks according to package directions, heat oil. Cook onions, mushrooms and garlic until onions are tender. Drain spaghetti, saving some of the water. Add 1/2 cup pasta water to the onion mixture with the bouillon and vinegar. When bouillon dissolves, toss hot spaghetti with hot vegetable mixture. Add more pasta water if desired. Pass the cheese shaker. Serves 8.