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A cold pasta salad using rotini pasta that has grapes, celery, crisp apples, smokey Gouda cheese and toasted almonds. All topped with a creamy poppy seed mayonnaise dressing for a perfect dish

Best Chicken Pasta Salad

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A cold pasta salad using rotini pasta that has grapes, celery, crisp apples, smokey Gouda cheese and toasted almonds. All topped with a creamy poppy seed mayonnaise dressing for a perfect dish

Carrie’s Chicken Pasta Salad

My husband and I love a really good pasta salad, so I tweaked and experimented and created the Best Chicken Pasta Salad, which I named after me:) 

With it’s creamy perfectly balanced flavored dressing, crisp  tart apples, smoky Gouda cheese, velvety avocado, crunchy almonds; combined with the other scrumptious ingredients, we think you will agree too that this is the Best Chicken Pasta Salad!

This will generously serve 4-6 adults with a loaf of crusty bread.

It’s a great recipe for a picnic, just be sure to keep it cold because of the mayonnaise and the chicken.

Carrie’s Chicken Pasta Salad

Salad Ingredients:

2-3 green apples, cored and cut into small bite-sized pieces; my handsome hubby prefers I peel the skin off, so that’s a personal preference too (the tart balances the other flavors and compliments the smokey cheese)

3-4 cups of cooked chicken,  A rotisserie chicken is fabulous here and what I generally use.

3/4 – 1 cup celery, chopped into small pieces

8-12 oz. Gouda cheese, cut into small pieces (the package of sliced is the usually the most cost effective, just dice it up)

2-3 avocados, diced

2 cups seedless red grapes, cut in halves (they look pretty, but can use green grapes if they are sweeter and in season)

1 cup sliced almonds, toasted* and cooled

16 oz / 1 lb. package of Rotini style pasta (corkscrew type to hold all the good dressing in and sturdy enough for the other ingredients – use a GOOD brand or it falls apart when you add in the other ingredients.  I prefer Barilla pasta)

 

Dressing Ingredients:

16-18 oz. light mayonnaise (2 – 2 ¼ cups), only real mayo here, please don’t use Miracle Whip.  You can use regular if you’d prefer over light

1/2 cup light sour cream (you can use regular instead of light)

1 ½ Tbl. poppy seeds

2 Tbl. honey

5 Tbl. lemon juice (bottled or fresh)

3 Tbl. seasoned rice vinegar

1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning

1/2 – 1 tsp. roasted garlic seasoning, optional, but balances the sweet nicely – I use McCormick Grill Mates Roasted Garlic & Herb

1/2 tsp. Emerill’s original seasoning




Directions:

First toast the nuts as shown below*

Cook pasta as directed on package.

When the pasta is al dente (not mushy or too soft), rinse and drain to remove the starch so it isn’t sticky and clumpy later after it sits.

While the pasta is cooking, combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

Pour the dressing ingredients over the salad ingredients and combine gently.

Gently toss in the pasta and fold till all mixed through.

 It is best to serve this salad chilled for at least an hour. It sits well over night too.

Carrie's Chicken Pasta Salad *To toast nuts, pour them into a non-stick pan and cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly until the nuts are a slightly browned.

It only takes a few minutes but it brings out a delicious deep flavor.
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A cold pasta salad using rotini pasta that has grapes, celery, crisp apples, smokey Gouda cheese and toasted almonds. All topped with a creamy poppy seed mayonnaise dressing for a perfect dish

Carrie’s Chicken Pasta Salad

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

Copyright and recipe by Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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A large bowl filled with strawberries, blueberries, pineapple tidbits, grapes, kiwi, bananas and mandarin oranges. A citrus glaze is poured over top and tossed in gently.

Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad

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A large bowl filled with strawberries, blueberries, pineapple tidbits, grapes, kiwi, bananas and mandarin oranges. A citrus glaze is poured over top and tossed in gently.

Fresh Fruit Salad

Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad

Have you wondered how to keep a fruit salad fresh, including the bananas? This Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad is the answer!

Are you looking for a healthy fresh fruit salad dressing that is fabulous to make ahead for a party or a crowd? Yep! This fruit salad is the one!

Why is this Easy Fresh Fruit Salad perfect?

Well, to being, it has a light syrup glaze which compliments the fruit, but doesn’t overpower it.

The unique citrus syrup or dressing, glazes the fruit, which brightens and enhances the natural flavors. 

I love how easy this comes together, and it screams summer!  

It’s a great dish for for entertaining, to take to an outdoor concert and serve in nicer paper products, or for healthier eating with your family and they will think you are giving them a gourmet delight:)

MORE Fresh Fruit Salads

If you are looking for another simple delicious fruit salad, you might like this one.  It’s made with a little different twist on the fruit, and the sauce or syrup is an orange base instead of a lime.  It’s equally good.  You can see it HERE

Oh, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tart with fresh fruit that my daughter introduced me to.  Danitra makes amazing food, and this one didn’t disappoint.  It begins with a really good sugar cookie type base, next is a creamy delicious filling, and then scrumptious beautiful fresh fruit arranged on top.  To make it extra special, it is finished with a delicate glaze, and it is SSOOO beautiful and tasty!!! Check it out  HERE.

If you prefer a creamy type of fruit salad this Creamy Orange Fruit Salad looks amazing.

I hope you get a change to try this Quick and Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad, and possibly the others too at your next BBQ, get-together with friends, office party, neighborhood put-luck, or family dinner; you’ll be glad you did!




Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered

20 oz can of pineapple tidbits, drained

12-16 ounces of fresh blueberries

1 pound of seedless grapes, red preferably for color

4-5 kiwis, peeled and diced

15 ounce can of mandarin oranges, drained

2 bananas, sliced

 

Citrus Glaze:

1/4 cup honey

2 tsp. lime zest 

1 Tbl. fresh lime juice

 




Directions:

Zest the lime.Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad In a mixing cup, whisk together the Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad ingredients – 

The honey, lime zest and lime juice; combine well and set aside.Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad Add all of the prepared fruit to a large lovely bowl.

Just before serving, pour the Citrus Glaze over the fruit and gently toss to coat evenly.  

Immediately serve your

Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit SaladCitrus Glazed Fruit SaladAdapted slightly from Cooking Classy  

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016, 2018

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Mascarpone Custard Ice Cream

Mascarpone Custard Style Ice Cream

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Mascarpone Custard Ice Cream

Mascarpone Custard Style Ice Cream

This is a rich and delicious custard style ice cream.  The addition of the marscarpone cheese makes this dessert gourmet and fabulous to serve anytime.

With fresh blackberries, blueberries, cream and some white chocolate, you can’t go wrong!  It’s absolutely wonderful:)

Mascarpone “Custard Style” Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups whipping cream

1 ¼ cups whole milk

1 pint blueberries

1/2 cup blackberries

4 oz. Mascarpone cheese (this is an Italian style cream cheese and usually in the deli, do NOT substitute reg. cream cheese)

3/4 cup sugar

Juice of ½ lemon

1/2 cup good quality white chocolate chips

Directions:  

In blender mix all ingredients until smooth and completely combined.

If you want to make the mix ahead of time (no more than 1 day is recommended), pour into a zip lock baggie and place in refrigerator.

Pour the mixture into ice cream canister.

Freeze in the ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.

Makes 1 ½ quarts.*Ratio of salt to Ice: 1 ½ cups table salt to 6 lbs. of whole ice cubes OR 1 cup rock salt to 6 lbs. of crushed ice.

Mascarpone Custard Style Ice Cream

This is a delicious creamy wonderful ice cream!

Mascarpone Custard Style Ice Cream

Recipe Source unknown, adapted by Carrie Groneman, copyright A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread best way to eat squash

Best Ever Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread best way to eat squash

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Mmm, just looking at it is mouthwatering. 

Chocolate, which should be a food group, mixed with a vegetable, add in a bit of dairy and you have a delectable treat, breakfast, snack, main dish, anytime food, which rightly should be heralded as a nutritional break through!


CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD

Ingredients:  

1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened  

1/3 cup shortening  

3 eggs  

1 ¾ cups sugar  

1/2 tsp. baking powder  

1/2 tsp. salt

4 Tbl. cocoa powder

1 tsp. vanilla

2 ½ cups flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. ground cloves  

2 cups unpeeled, grated zucchini (for best results use small tender zucchini)  

1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk


Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line bread pans (4 1/2 x 8 1/2″) with parchment paper and coat well with spray release very well.

Grate the zucchiniChocolate Zucchini Bread 1Beat margarine (or butter), shortening and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition.

Alternately add milk, zucchini and dry ingredients. Mix just till blended.Chocolate Zucchini Bread 2Pour into the 2 prepared loaf pans Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick in the middle comes out with just a few crumbs.

When the bread is cooked through, cool on racks for 10-15 minutes.

Then, run a knife around the edges to loosen any parts that have stuck to the sides of the pan.

Tip over and allow to cool completely.Chocolate Zucchini Bread 3Store in an airtight container or bag.  *If freezing, wrap in saran wrap, then foil, then place in a zip lock bag.

This helps to prevent ice crystals from forming and making it soggy, as well as from freezer burn.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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