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NO MORE ICED TEA DRIPS
Here is a quick tip to stop iced tea dribbles. Ice tea dribbles on your tablecloth (THE FIX): Smear a dab of unsalted butter on the inside and outside edges of the pitcher’s spout. Since fat repels water, this will stop drops of liquid just as they are about to take the plunge…
TOMATO BASIL PASTA SALAD
3 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
12 oz fusilli pasta (or your favorite short pasta)
1 cup basil leaves, cut into thin strips
Put first 8 ingredients in a bowl, toss. Let stand at room temp 30 min. or until tomatoes release their juices, tossing occasionally.
*Cook pasta as package directs. Drain and add to bowl with tomatoes, lightly toss. Let come to room temp. Add basil, toss, then serve.
MAKES 8 SERVINGS OF TOMATO BASIL PASTA SALAD…
Pile 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1 to 3 chopped serrano Chiles, 3/4 cup torn
cilantro and a big pinch of kosher salt on a cutting board. Chop, then mash
into a paste with the flat side of a large knife. Transfer to a bowl, add 3
diced avocados and mash with a wooden spoon until combined but still chunky.
Stir in 1 medium diced tomato and season with salt. Top with more tomato,
cilantro and onion.
* Use Haas avocados — the brown wrinkly kind — for guacamole. They’re
especially rich and creamy.
* Buy avocados that are slightly soft but not squishy.
* Ripen in a paper bag with an apple or a banana at room temperature.
* Store ripe whole avocados in the fridge for 2 or 3 days.
Recipe Source: Food Network Magazine
Pink Lemonade Pie
1 (14 oz) sweet condensed milk
1 (6 0z.) can frozen pink lemonade
1 (8 oz.) carton cool whip
Mix first three ingredients and pour into baked pie shell Chill Serve.
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Yesterday was Flag Day and while that holiday has came and went away til next year there are many other great patriotic holidays that you may want to create one of these great cupcakes or one of your own with a patriotic feel.
CREAMY CITRUS KISSED CAKES
1 box French vanilla cake mix
1 tsp orange zest
1/3 cup melted salted butter
2.4 oz box instant strawberry or vanilla mousse mix
1/4 cup strawberry preserves, melted, or toasted coconut flakes
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting butter for oil and adding zest. Divide batter among cupcake liners placed in two 12 well cupcake pans. Bake 18 min. or until done. Let cool completely. Prepare mousse mix according to package directions. Spoon mousse into pastry bag fitted with large star tip, pipe onto top of each cupcake. Drizzle preserves or sprinkle coconut over cupcakes. Chill until ready to serve.
MAKES 24 SERVINGS OF CREAMY CITRUS KISSED CAKES…
1 tbs water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 1/2 cups flour
8 oz finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup unsalted butter
Combine cheese and butter in food processor, pulse until blended. Add flour, sugar, salt and cayenne, pulse until mixed. Add water, pulse until mixture forms a dough. Turn dough out onto a surface and knead until smooth. Form into a ball, divide in half, and shape each half into an 8″ log. Wrap each in plastic wrap, refrigerate 2 hours. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Remove dough logs from refrigerator, slice into 1/4″ disks and place on baking sheets. Prick top of crackers to look like button holes. Bake 14 min. or until golden on edge, then serve.
MAKES 40 CHEESE CRACKERS…
Toxic or Slightly Toxic Plants
|Apricot||Stem, bark, seed pits|
|Azalea (Rhododendron spp.)||All parts, mostly leaves||Stomach irritation, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and rhythm, convulsions, coma, some death.|
|Bird of Paradise||Fruit, seeds|
|Boston Ivy||All parts|
|Creeping Charlie (Glecoma hederacea L.)||All parts||Sweating, drooling, usually not fatal.|
|Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)||All part but mostly seeds, if chewed||Nausea, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, tenesmus, dehydration, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, weakness, muscle twitching, convulsions, coma.|
|Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)||Leaves, seed pits, stems, bark|
|Daffodil (Narcissus spp.)||Bulbs|
|Daphne||Berries, bark, leaves|
|English Ivy (Hedera helix L.)||Leaves, berries||Stomach irritation, diarrhea, troubled breathing, coma, death.|
|Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea L.)||Leaves, seeds, flowers|
|Glacier Ivy||Leaves, berries|
|Hemlock, Water (Cicuta maculata L.)||All parts, root and root stalk||Dilated pupils, frothing at the mouth, spasms muscles spasms, restlessness, convulsions, and death (within 15 min to 2 hours)|
|Hyacinth (Hyacinth orientalis)||Bulbs, leaves, flowers||Colic, vomiting and diarrhea, usually not fatal.|
|Hydrangea (Hydrangea spp.)||Leaves, buds||Irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract, diarrhea, bloody stool.|
|Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum L.)||All parts, unripe fruit|
|Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense)||Leaves and stems, especially young plants.||Breathing problems, severe anxiety, convulsions, coma, death. Intravenous antidote exsist.|
|Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium L.)||All parts||Rapid pulse, rapid breathing, dilated pupils, restlessness, nervousness, twitching, frequent urination, diarrhea, depression, weight loss, weak pulse, convulsions, coma, death.|
|Lantana (Lantana camara L.)||Leaves and berries||Sluggishness, weakness, bloody diarrhea. In severe cases, death may occur in 2 to 4 days.|
|Lily-of-the- Valley (Convallaria majalis)||All parts|
|Mandrake||Roots, foliage, unripe fruit|
|Marble Queen||All parts|
|Nightshade (Solanum spp.)||All parts||Hallucinations, severe intestinal disturbances, diarrhea, drowsiness, numbness, dilated pupils, trembling, labored breathing, nasal discharge, rapid heartbeat, weak pulse, incoordination, paralysis or severe shaking of the rear legs, rapid heart rate, bloat, can be fatal.|
|Nephthytis, Arrowhead Vine||All parts|
|Oats, (Avena sativa)||All parts||Breathing difficulty, skin irritation, paralysis, convulsions, death (rare).|
|Pigweed, Redroot (Amaranthus retroflexus)||Leaves, stems, roots.||Troubled breathing, trembling, weakness, coma, death.|
|Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)||Leaves, flowers||Not lethal, but can cause skin, mouth, eye, and stomach irritation.|
|Pokeweed, Inkberry||All parts||Colic, diarrhea, blood in stool, rare cases anemia, and possible death.|
|Parlor Ivy||All parts|
|Red Sage||Green berries|
|Rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum)||Leaves||Staggering, trembling, breathing difficulties, weakness, diarrhea, increased drinking and urinating, death.|
|Red Princess||All parts|
|Tulip (Tulipa spp.)||Bulbs|
|Umbrella Plant||All parts|
|Yew, English (Taxus baccata) and Japanese (Taxus cuspidata Sieb. & Zucc.)||n/a||Breathing problems, trembling, weakness, heart problems, stomach upset, very sudden death.|