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Share a Spoon: Grill It Up!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pray for my DUCK and her FAMILY!  They need strength and comfort. 

Think Tank Momma

Share A Spoon

This week's theme is brought to you compliments of my baby sister Buffee over at The Truth According to Buffee.  We have always enjoyed getting together on the holidays are having cookouts.  So, in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, we would love for you all to share your grill favorites, or sides that accompany those wonderful grilled tasty treats!

I always make baked beans and some sort of salad when we have cookouts for holidays.  I have a macaroni salad that is everyone's favorite that I will share this morning.  I had planned to share my baked beans and potato salad but I have had a rough week with Daffy and have not had time to focus.  Sorry about the lack of pictures.  

You will need the following:

1 Box Medium Shells macaroni (pasta)
1 jar Roasted Red peppers
1/4 medium red onion chopped very finely
1 cup of bacon bits
2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons sweet salad cubes (you can substitute sweet relish)
1 1/2 cups of light mayo
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (don't use that stuff in the green can, splurge on some fresh grated it makes a huge difference)

What to do:

Cook shells according to the directions on the box.  Rinse and cool.  Drain the roasted red peppers and chop.  Once you have chopped them squeeze all the excess juice from the peppers so they are as dry as you can get them.  (Use a clean dish towel or cheesecloth.  You can also use paper towels. Same process as drying spinach for spinach dip.)  In a large bowl mix the pasta, red peppers, bacon, onions, sweet salad cubes.  Add the shredded sharp cheddar and mix well.  In a small bowl mix the mayo and parmesan.  Add to the pasta mixture and makes sure all the salad is well dressed.  Chill and serve.  This salad won't need salt.  Make sure to salt the pasta water before you boil.  the parmesan is salty enough to season the salad.

Also for those of you concerned about the mayo and an outdoor cookout.  Commercial mayonnaise has a high enough vinegar content that spoiling isn't any issue.

This salad is amazing, I promise.  Hope you enjoy!  Happy grilling folks.


Anonymous said...

Sounds delish! Whats a salad cube?

Buffee said...

Yum, I love this salad! My mouth is already watering!

I can't wait for Memorial Day weekend!

Momma Fargo said...

How very crazy...before I read the comments..I was thinking the exact same words as The Blue Zoo.

Anonymous said...

Team "What's A Salad Cube?"

This sounds insanely good tho!

Lothiriel said...

oooh i like this recipe!! no idea what a salad cube is.

Michelle Pixie said...

I don't know what a salad cube is either? Sounds so yummy!

Please let me know if there is anything I can do for Daffy and her family.

Holly Lefevre said...

Yum! Macaroni Salad...We are going to a party on Saturday and I am supposed to bring macaroni salad and had no recipe...until now...THANKS!


I did not get a post up (sorry), but gave you a shout out!

Imaginative Me said...

Sounds yummy!
Hope everything gets better and less stressful for you and Ducky and her family. Still praying!

Macey said...

Still praying for Ducky!
I am gonna try this this weekend. I have a potluck next week. :)

Nancy C said...

Sounds awesome; thanks.

Salt said...

You are seriously a kitchen rockstar!

And I also wanted to thank you for keeping us updated about Duckie's sis. You are a wonderful person and such a good friend!

The Queen said...

Couldn't leave a comment down there.. left a code at the castle for a duck love button..

Help yourself.. splatter the internet with duck love!

drollgirl said...

well i hate beans so i am glad you posted this recipe instead! it sounds deeeeeeelicious!

Mammatalk said...

Sounds yum. Tummy's growling over here.

June said...

I will grab this recipe for a summer dish!
I intended to get a recipe up and linky with you but life got in the way as you know.

Thanks B for sharing, once again.

The Queen said...

OMG I wish I cooked.. this sounds great.... could you make me some and send it to me..