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Some new summer recipes

Are you looking for a good side dish for your next cookout? I tried a new pasta salad this summer which turned out to be very attractive and tasty.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

2 cups broccoli florets, cooked and cut into bite sized pieces (I used 1/2 bag of the MW steamable kind)
a few slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup peas, cooked (I added these the last 2 mins. of pasta cooking time)
1/2 cup chopped red onion or sliced green onions
2 cups dry pasta (I used elbow macaroni but small shells or rotini would work well)
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsps. dry ranch dressing mix (about 1/2 a packet)
1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1 tsp. Johnny's seasoning (optional)

Cook pasta according to directions. I cooked the elbows about 10 minutes and added the frozen peas the last 2 minutes of the cooking time. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool somewhat. In large bowl combine the mayonnaise, milk, dry ranch dressing mix, and Johnny's seasoning. Add the broccoli, bacon, cheese, tomaotes, peas, onion, and pasta. Taste and see if it needs salt. Chill before serving and enjoy. I often find pasta salads dry out after a day int he refrigerator. To remedy this add a little more milk and stir gently before serving.

Here is a picture of the Johnny's Seasoning. I get it at Costco.


I served this salad one night with another new menu item. I wanted to try this recipe because we had eaten some similar burgers that were a frozen product from Costco.


Turkey Spinach Feta Burgers

1 pound ground turkey or ground chicken (I used ground white meat turkey)
2 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
2 cloves garlic,minced
about 4 oz. fresh spinach
1 egg
1 1/2 Tbsps. olive oil
3/4 cup bread crumbs

Saute spinach in olive oil until wilted and then add the minced garlic and cook briefly. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl mix together the turkey, cheese, egg, crumbs, and cooled spinach mixture. Form into 4-6 patties. Chill or freeze until ready to cook. Grill the thawed patties 7-9 minutes on each side or until well done.

We really enjoyed these and I plan to make them again.

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7 Comments on “Some new summer recipes”

  1. #1 Rhonda
    on Aug 25th, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for these recipes. I want to try both this weekend!!!!! We have the college students who attend our church come to our house for lunch, so we feed a crowd every Sunday. These recipes look perfect!

  2. #2 Becka
    on Aug 25th, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks, Rhonda. I hope you will enjoy the new recipes as much as we did. I’m sure your guests will appreciate your efforts.

  3. #3 Elizabeth
    on Aug 25th, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Cooked broccoli in pasta salad – that is so smart! I have never liked raw broccoli, but this sounds really good. And somehow I missed your post on canning beans. I’m curious to know your method. I just got a pressure cooker this summer, but I haven’t taken the time to try it out. I love homemade beans, thought, and would like to put some up!

  4. #4 Becka
    on Aug 26th, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Elizabeth, I don’t really care for raw broccoli either, so I always precook it a little for salads. A while back I had downloaded a Kindle book called I Can Can Dried Beans by Jennifer Shambrook. She has written several Kindle books on canning and one about cornbread. Her books are well written and seem to follow reliable canning methods. She also includes many stories about the recipes (which I enjoy) and gives ideas for utilizing the things that you can. She often cans dried beans while processing other foods to fill up the canner. For the ones I canned this summer I did presoak them over night and then drained them and added fresh water and cooked them until they were almost tender before putting them in jars. I did drain them at this point and added fresh boiling water. I tend to think all the water changes help to make them a bit more digestible. 🙂 I then pressure canned them for 75 minutes following the directions for my canner. It really was easy and it made me want to try canning some baked beans in the future. These are things you can easily can during the winter after you have a chance to rest up from processing all the summer produce. 🙂

  5. #5 Deb
    on Aug 26th, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I’m going to try the pasta salad soon! The 3 girls here will love it!

  6. #6 Rhonda
    on Aug 28th, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Just a follow-up on the successful recipes! I decided to try the turkey burgers on my family before serving them for Sunday lunch. I followed the recipe precisely, and they were delicious! Grilled over wood–yummy! I made the pasta salad for the 14 people we had for Sunday lunch today, and it was equally successful. I did make a few changes just to stretch the salad a bit. I added more vegetables (a whole bag of steamed broccoli and a pint of tomatoes), so I added to the dressing with the whole package of Ranch dressing mix and a little more milk (I used buttermilk because I had some leftover from the two pones of cornbread I made to go with the meal). Everyone seemed to enjoy it. I know I loved it. Thanks again for sharing your great recipe finds! 🙂

  7. #7 Becka
    on Aug 29th, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    So glad you enjoyed the recipes, Rhonda. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to follow up.

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