Friday, July 10, 2009

cool (and easy) summer recipes

Here are a few summer recipes I have enjoyed lately. No cooking and heating up the house.....and simply easy, for more time for outside play.

The first one isn't my original recipe. It is an Eagle Brand recipe I found on All Recipes but it is very easy and very refreshingly delicious. The other two are recipes I've played with and tweaked by mixing different recipes to make my own. The salad recipes make enough for a crowd so adjust accordingly.

Berry Berry Cool Pie

1 1/2 cups of blackberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 graham cracker crust

Mix milk with lemon juice. Add washed berries to mixture. Pour in crust. Freeze 4-5 hours before serving.

Crab Pasta Salad

Tri-color rotini
1 bottle Italian dressing ( I often try different flavors of Italian dressing)
1 container feta cheese (I prefer the one with sundried tomatoes mixed in)
1/2 pound fresh lump crab meat
1 can pitted black olives
1 can diced tomatoes

Cook rotini as directed on box. Drain. Drain tomatoes and olives. Mix all ingredients together. Chill before serving.

Fresh Dill Marinated veggies

4 tomatoes
3 zucchini
1/2 red onion (or more if you LOVE onions)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
handful of fresh dill sprigs

Chop all of the veggies. Add olive oil and vinegar to vegetables. Sprinkle mixture with salt and pepper. Add dill sprigs to mixture and toss. Refrigerate until ready to eat!

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