Cooking It Up

Eleven recipes plus one basketball game equals one great party! For the NCAA championship game, we decided to have a party featuring more recipes from our cookbook. It took six people and four and a half hours to get all of our food ready to go by the tipoff.

1. Shrimp Kabobs

Since we don’t care for mushrooms, we completely left them out of this recipe. 🙂 This recipe can be summed up in one word…AMAZING!

2. Chicken Salad Cups

We left out the almonds and paprika. These were fun to make and fun to eat. 🙂 It definitely required some work to keep the pastry intact, since they were quite fragile. This is a great recipe to use for tea parties, bridal showers or baby showers.

3. Fruity Slush

Apparently, we forgot to snap a picture of this beverage. You can see them peeking out behind our cookbook in the first picture. 🙂 These tasted great! Very sweet, so this is something you would make for a party.

4. Tomato Spinach Spread

For this recipe, we used tortilla chips rather than pita. This dip was good!! When we first tried this dip, we thought it tasted pretty bland. So we added some more salt, hot sauce, and granulated garlic. Then it tasted GOOD!

5. Oatmeal Chip Cookies

If you are expecting the taste of a chocolate chip cookie or an oatmeal cookie you might be disappointed. The taste is somewhat of a cross between the two. I would describe it more as a spice cookie with a few chocolate chips thrown in. Everyone at the party gave them a thumbs up.

6. Garlic-Almond Green Beans

Unfortunately we didn’t have any almonds AND we forgot to buy some at the grocery store, so our garlic-almond green beans were really garlic green beans. 🙂 These green beans did not turn out too good. There wasn’t a whole lot of flavor.

7. Golden-Scalloped Potatoes

These potatoes are a big no-go. Some of the people at our little party thought it tasted good, but the rest of us just didn’t think it turned out so good. The potatoes were hard. Carrie thought they tasted bland.

8. Crunchy Floret Salad

This salad was very good! We ended up adding more broccoli than the recipe called for. Melinda said it reminded her of Souplantation’s broccoli salad. 🙂

9. Fresh Strawberry Pie

We both remember putting the strawberry gelatin IN the shopping cart. Unfortunately, somehow it hopped out because it didn’t end up at home with us. SO…our raspberry gelatin from the Fruity Slush was 6 ounces and we only needed 3 for the drink. So we used the other half for our strawberry pie. 🙂

This picture was taken before we put the sauce on top. This pie was so good! The cream cheese added a rich decadent flavor to it. This is definitely a “make again” recipe!

10. Creamy Italian Pasta Salad

We left out the olives and green bell pepper. Melinda and Bonnie liked it…Carrie didn’t. 🙂 Overall, this recipe was given a thumbs up. We were unable to find a creamy Italian salad dresing at the store, so we used an oil based one instead. It gave the salad a sharper, more vinegar-y taste.

11. Enchilada Meatballs

While almost everyone agreed that these meatballs tasted good, there was nothing exceptional about them. (Drew thought these were great! In fact, it’s all he ate. :-)) One person described them as having “not a whole lot of flavor”. Someone else said “I couldn’t really taste the enchilada sauce”. So if you want something other than BBQ or sweet and sour sauce on meatballs, try these. Otherwise just stick with “normal” meatballs. 🙂

It’s a good thing we had fun planning, making and enjoying all of these foods at our party or the evening might have been a big letdown since our team lost the championship game. 😦 However, since it was an extremely close game and we had all of this great party food…the evening was not a total loss. 🙂

~ Melinda and Carrie ~

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One Response to Cooking It Up

  1. Liz says:

    Yummy, thanks for all the recipes, and ideas, can’t wait to try them!

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