Watergate Salad aka Pistachio Pineapple Delight

One of my all-time favorite desserts is the deliciously creamy green Watergate salad, often called Pistachio Pineapple Delight or Green Fluff dessert salad, made from about 7 ingredients such instant pistachio pudding, juicy pineapple, whipped topping, chopped pecans, colored mini marshmallows, topped with coconut flakes, and Maraschino cherries.

There are several myths behind of the history of the famous green Watergate Salad aka Pistachio Pineapple Delight making their way around the web these days. When the archivist at The Kraft headquarters was asked to tell the real story behind the history of the Watergate Salad she spilled the beans on this popular Urban Food Myth we call Watergate Salad aka Pistachio Pineapple Delight and the story behind it isn’t what you think it is.At some point during, 1985 or maybe 1986, a recipe for Pistachio Pineapple Delight was featured on the back of the Pistachio Pudding package. The ingredients were basically the same minus the JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows. Continue reading

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SPICY PENNE PASTA WITH ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE

This Cajun flavored Spicy Penne Pasta with Andouille Sausage is made with pure Southern love combining penne pasta, grilled Andouille sausage, a deliciously creamy cheese sauce, diced tomatoes with chiles, Roasted Red Peppers, onions, fresh garden grown herbs, and Cajun spices.

I wish all dinners came with an easy button, this Cajun Flavored Spicy Penne Pasta with Andouille Sausage only took me about 30 minutes after the grill was fired up to cook. While I waited for my grill to heat, I used the time to do a bit of prep work for my recipe such chopping a medium onion, garlic, and fresh parsley from my herb garden.

Just a hint if you don’t live in an area where you can pick up andouille sausage at your local market you can take one of two routes; either go with a spicy country sausage or you can use a smoked sausage you enjoy. I have actually had to do so myself. The flavor changes slightly but it’s still totally delicious and easy to make for dinner. Continue reading

BROCCOLI APPLE SALAD

Crisp broccoli, Pink lady apples, celery, cranberries, raisins, shredded carrots, and sunflower seeds come together to make an amazing salad with delicious flavors and various textures. The creamy dressing on top makes this Broccoli Apple salad absolutely delicious.

Broccoli Apple salad is one of those salads that’s so deliciously good, it’s hard to remember it’s the main ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli has long been a  love-hate relationship with many adult and children alike over the years. However, Broccoli Apple salad recipe has always been a huge hit with my children and family thankfully.

broccoli-apple-saladI  totally love broccoli as long as it’s not just bland steamed broccoli tossed on my plate. That’s where I draw the line with broccoli. I also won’t eat overcooked broccoli; it’s just kinda downright gross. What’s your broccoli pet peeve?
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Green Gumbo, Gumbo z’herbes

Gumbo z’herbes is  a tricky and controversial subject to many,  ask any five people who insist they know what Gumbo z’herbes is, or exactly how Gumbo z’herbes is made, and you’ll get at least 5 or more explanations of what it is, and 5 or more different authentic recipes. It’s like arguing with 5 diva food artists; their way is the only way because that’s the authentic way to make Gumbo z’herbes.

Green Gumbo, Gumbo z’herbes is a traditional Holy Thursday meal for Creole families in New Orléans, the Nine Greens are said to represent the Nine Churches visited on Good Friday in remembrance of Jesus’ walk to be crucified

Green Gumbo, aka Gumbo z’herbes, is always made with various garden greens, which is different from the normal go-to idea Creole Gumbo.  In fact, the more various more greens added to the pot, the merrier. Ms. Leah Chase, the Queen of kick ass Gumbo z’herbes, has been known in the past for stating, one should always stick to an odd number of greens in  Gumbo z’herbes;  even numbers are said to be bad luck according to folklore passed down the generations.

 

green-gumbo1Personally, I think I trust Ms. Leah Chase’s recipe the most out of all the recipes I have come across over the years, being she has always packed the house at Dooky Chase’s on Orléans Avenue in the past with her recipe. However, I have, to be honest, we all know that we can try to imitate that lovely ladies recipe, but we are never going to duplicate perfection. Hands down she has the golden touch for Gumbo z’herbes. Continue reading

Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce

Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Sauce come together in almost no time at all; made with Crescent rolls, deli sliced sandwich pepperoni, sliced provolone cheese, crisp green bell peppers, and RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce,  baked to perfection in the oven, then brushed with hot garlic butter and served with more delicious RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce for dipping .

First off,  I want to say, “Happy 80th Anniversary to RAGÚ®” How amazing to be able to celebrate 80 years of being Simmered in Tradition. From Italy to America, the founders have blended garden-grown ingredients and never compromised their high standards for making a really great sauce that families across America have grown to love over the years.

Some of the reasons I love about using RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce  in my favorite recipes is the delicious home-style taste, quality ingredients and convenience of not having to spend hours in the kitchen making a pot of homemade sauce every time I want to make one of our favorite quick and easy snacks like my Easy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls.

easy-peasy-pepperoni-rolls-with-ragu-sauceEasy Peasy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce can be ready in almost little or no time for snacks for the kids or even Game Day appetizers.You can fill them with a variety of your favorite pizza toppings such as green bell peppers, black olives, mushrooms, onions, bacon,  or sausage. Whatever you like your options are almost endless. Continue reading

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe

Every busy household should have a delicious go-to recipe for a quick, easy, tasty meal on the weeknight when they are hard pressed for time. My easy go-to meal in our household is my Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe; combined with a rich, thick, creamy homemade Alfredo sauce with grilled chicken and fresh broccoli that has me in and out of the kitchen in no time.

This hearty dish can take down the biggest of appetites. It begins with leftover tender grilled chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon, which is then added to a tasty, creamy, delicious alfredo sauce with fresh broccoli over your favorite pasta, such as fettuccine, linguine, penne pasta, o even gnocchi.

chicken-and-broccoli-alfredo-recipe-1I love marinated grilled chicken and make it often, so we often have leftover grilled chicken in the refrigerator,  which is perfect for a jumpstart on making my  Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe on a weeknight a little faster. So don’t be afraid to use leftover chicken versus starting from scratch when making this recipe. Just marinate the boneless skinless chicken in olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper for about an hour. Grill till done.It’s that simple to make. Continue reading

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp Recipe

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp is one of the fabulous historical dishes of New Orléans. Of course, New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp isn’t about dumping a bunch of BBQ sauce on chargrilled shrimp. It’s actually a  very delicately prepared shrimp dish cooked in a rich butter sauce spiked with a healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce and white wine and eaten with a freshly baked crusty French bread to sop up the rich flavored broth. You can find various versions at the restaurants and in homes across the city of New Orléans, but the original recipe comes from the Uptown restaurant, Pascal’s.

In the mid-1950s, the New Orléans-based Italian restaurant Pascal’s Manale opened it’s doors in 1913 on Napoleon Ave,  New Orléans, LA  and invented the BBQ shrimp recipe. The story is told as one of the restaurant’s frequent customers,  a Mr. Vincent Sutro, had just returned to the New Orléans area from a trip to Chicago, and he began discussing a fabulous dish he had in Chicago with chef Jake Radosta.  He then asked the chef if he could reproduce a similar recipe for him that evening for his meal.

new-orleans-style-bbq-shrimp-2The Pascal’s Manale Restaurant’s Chef Jake  Radosta tried to no avail to recreate the original Chicago dish based on the customer’s description. What he served to Vincent Sutro ended up not coming out the same as the shrimp dish did in Chicago during his trip, however, he insisted that the shrimp recipe was even better. The Pascal’s Manale restaurant decided to put the dish on the menu, where it’s been ever since. Continue reading