Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Fresh Strawberry Pie

1 baked pie shell (cooled)
5-6 cups fresh strawberries divided
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup water
3-4 drops red food coloring (optional)

Mash 1 cup strawberries

In a small saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in water and mashed berries.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, stir in food coloring if desired.  Cook and stir for 3 minutes.   Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Slice the remaining strawberries in half and place in baked pie shell.  Pour cooled strawberry glaze over strawberries.  Chill for at least 3 hrs.  Serve with fresh whipped cream.  

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Jalapeno Poppers

Everyone loves these, especially Sissy : )
and they're a cinch to make.  

Preheat oven to 375 F.

8 Jalapenos, cut in half lengthwise, remove seeds
1/2 package cream cheese
8 slices bacon, cut in half

Fill jalapenos with cream cheese, wrap with bacon and secure with toothpicks.

Place the poppers on a wire rack over a broiling pan or baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.


Pasta Salad Texas Style

1- 16 oz package rotini pasta (I used Barilla Plus this time, wheat pasta would be nice too)
1/2 green pepper, chopped
4-5 (small bunch) green onions, Chopped
handful of grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 small can sliced black olives

1 packet taco seasoning
1/4 cup vinegar
3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup oil

Prepare pasta according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
Wisk together dressing ingredients
Toss veggies with warm pasta, and dressing.

Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.