Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Caesar Pasta Salad

Ok this is how I feel about pasta salad: BORING!!

Seriously, it's all the same.
Don't get me wrong. Pasta salad has its place. It's a great summer side dish.

I'm just so over the same pasta salad at every single barbecue.
Pasta. Italian dressing. Pepperoni.

So when I was asked to bring a pasta salad to a summer party, I went searching for something NOT doused in italian dressing.

Ok. So this is doused in caesar dressing. BUT it's delicious. And it's different.

So next time you're asked to one of those "bring a dish to pass" summer gatherings, try this salad instead.

Caesar Pasta Salad

1 16 oz box rotini pasta
1 1/2 cups creamy Caesar salad dressing
1 lemon, zest and juice
4 tbsp fresh parsley
1/2-1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cup garlic croutons
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions on box. Drain and rise with cold water.
Combine salad dressing, lemon zest and juice, and parsley. Add pasta and remaining ingredients.
Serve chilled.

Note: I tossed extra caesar dressing on it right before I served, because no one likes a dry pasta salad. ;)

Recipe slightly adapted from: Sandra Lee

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Peanut Butter Crispies

I don't even know if Peanut Butter Crispies is really the right name for this. 

I mean, they are peanut-butter-ey. 
And they are crispy. 

But there aren't any "Krispies" as per usual in a "Krispy Treat."

But we're not being literal with this dessert. 

Literal would be titled "Peanut Butter Marshmallow Honey Bunches of Oats and Frosted Flakes drizzled with Peanut Butter and Fudge Treats."

And we both know THATS not going to happen. 
So, Peanut Butter Crispies it is. 

Anywho, one day I was like "Hey husband, why aren't there any delicious treats in this house?!" And he was all, "I don't know? How come you never make any delicious treats for us to eat right now?" 

Doesn't really make sense. 

Okay, what really happened was I was like, "I'm hungry and want snacks now!" And then I went and made a full pan of all the sweet stuff I could muster up. 

True story? Husband ate almost the entire pan himself. 

(Snack thief)

Peanut Butter Crispies

3 cups Honey Bunches of Oats cereal
2 cups Frosted Flakes cereal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 7oz container marshmallow fluff
2 tbsp (each) melted peanut butter and fudge for drizzling (optional)

Heat 1/2 cup peanut butter and container of marshmallow fluff in a pan over medium heat until completely melted and combined. 

Mix the cereal and PB/marshmallow mixture and press into a lightly greased 9x9 brownie pan. Drizzle with peanut butter and fudge and let chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes. 

Instant gratification people.