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

Sunday, June 5, 2011

summer fruit ambrosia salad

when the temperature heats up, it is time to find my summer salad recipes and start experimenting with some new summer cookbooks.  this recipe is a old favorite shared with me by a good friend.  it is slightly different than the standard ambrosia with marshmallows and sour cream.

try this one for a more healthy alternative.  here are the ingredients:  1 can pineapple tidbits, drained, 1 can mandarin oranges, drained, 1 jar maraschino cherries, chopped, drained and blotted, 1/2 cup or more to taste of chopped pecans, 1 lite cool whip, 1/2 cup or more to taste of coconut flakes.

combine these ingredients, making certain that the fruit and cherries are well drained and even blotted with paper towels to make certain no additional juice is added to the ambrosia.

this salad is delicious and sweet, making it an very nice summer accompaniment for a barbecue dinner.

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