Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Monday, July 5, 2010

picnic salad

every picnic needs a crunchy vegetable salad.  this is one of my all time favorites that can be adapted to personal taste.  i use broccoli, cauliflower, shredded carrots and celery.  chop the desired amount of broccoli tops, cauliflower tops, and celery pieces.  i purchase the carrots already shredded to save preparation time. decide ahead of time how much salad will be used within a day or two, and only prepare enough for the meals.

one the chosen ingredients are ready, decide on the dressing mixture.  the recipe calls for an equal amount of mayonnaise, sour cream and salad dressing.  being health conscious, i only use a low fat mayo, and a light or fat free sour cream.  for the dressing i have used peppercorn, poppy seed or a light ranch.  all three offer a different taste equally enjoyable.  personally, i prefer using less mayo and a bit more of the sour cream and peppercorn dressing. 

once the dressing is prepared to personal taste, mix lightly and chill the salad prior to serving. 

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