Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Stand Out Sides: Mom and Dad's Easy Mac Salad

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As you all know, John and I got a lovely long weekend at home with my family.  Since K and E graduated, the graduation party OF COURSE was in full swing.  Right now, the grads have so much new and exciting stuff going on--graduation, engagement, new house, planning engagement parties, and weddings!  It is wonderful to see them and get to be a part of it.

Saturday was spent with Mom and Dad and youngest sister, M and her boyfriend (ironically also) M.  M&M as I will just call them spent a lot of the week prior helping Mom and Dad set-up for the party.  When I got there, it was all about the cooking.  Um, of course it was!!!! 

First Dad and I went to the fruit stand.  When I was younger, I used to be terrified of the store, thinking it was overly crowded and dark.  Now that I actually have to budget for grocery shopping, I just sat around exclaiming over the cheap prices.  Funny how quickly life changes.  Anyway, this macaroni salad has been made by my family for years, but this year, I actually watched Dad make the "dressing" which, to me, is really the key to a good macaroni salad.  I was excited that Mom had the foresight to freeze some and send it home with us.  I know what is for dinner this week!

Mom and Dad's Easy Mac Salad
Serves: 8-10 (a partyful!)
1 box macaroni
2 yellow peppers
1/2 red onion
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup italian salad dressing
2 tablespoons milk
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper

Make the macaroni according to box instructions; let cool.  Meanwhile, dice the peppers and onion.  Then, combine in a smal bowl the mayonnaise, salad dressing, milk, and garlic.  Stir well.  In a very large bowl, combine the macaroni and pepper mixtures stirring well.  Pour the dressing over it, adding more as needed.  Stir to combine.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

One thing to note was that Dad made additional dressing for the next day so if any got soaked up by the macaroni, there would still be enough liquid there.  I love the way it sticks to the pasta and it is a really delicious salad.  I just know that this week leaves little time for blogging.  Sad but true.

Thursday, I am back with some delicious cookies (of course) requested by the office.  And stay tuned this weekend for some interesting rib recipes that I think you will all love!

Until the next time my oven is on...

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