Cajun Macaroni Salad

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Cajun Macaroni Salad
A twist on your classic macaroni salad, just in time for your Memorial Day picnic.
  1. Soak the red onion in a bowl of ice water for 15 minutes; drain and pat dry. Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook as the label directs. Drain, transfer to a bowl and toss with 3 Tbsp. milk. Let cool.
  2. Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream mustard, brine, sugar, hot sauce, remaining 1 Tbsp milk, and 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl. Add the macaroni, red onion, bell peppers, celery, celery leaves, and parsley; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Stir again before serving; season with salt. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Food Network

Cookoff Results

For our game group we had a few dishes.  One of our game group members made Katherine Hepburns Brownies which were phenomenal.  Very moist.

Out of the three dishes I made Cary Grants Barbecued Chicken was the winner.

Super easy…

4 lbs chicken meat your choice.  I used thighs and cut breasts in half.

Brown the chicken on both side in skillet.  When browned put in a casserole dish.

Meanwhile when the chicken is browning.  Use a skillet and take 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 minced garlic and 1/2 onion diced and saute.  Once sauteed add the following.

1c ketchup

1/2 c worcestshire sauce

1/2 c water

1/2 c A-1 sauce

1/4 c sugar

1/4 c cider vinegar

let cook then add 2 tbsp cornstarch slurry to thicken up.

(To create slurry use the cornstarch and a little water and combine well then pour in. This helps prevent lumps.)

Once thickened pour over chicken.  Cook at 325 for 60 minutes.  Could take longer depending on what pieces.  The chicken is almost poached in the sauce, very tender.


Monday Musings….

We love to find new things or interesting takes on ideas,. Here is our five favorite things of the week

Is this Ostrich Jug not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

These Pineapple Air Plant Magnets will be the most adorable thing on your fridge, besides your childrens art of course.

The Embrace Ambition Bracelets by Tory Burch benefit women entrepreneurs.

A really sweet spoon rest.  I love this design.

These earrings are so much fun.  Love all the color choices.

Cook Off: Celebrity Recipes

We have game group on Sunday and we decided to do another cook off. The theme is Celebrity Recipes.

Here is our invite

Breaking News!!!
We have all at some time quickly scanned the gossip mags at the checkout stand, ahhhh come on just admit it!  Not only did these reveal the latest scandals, breakups and hookups but Emily and I also found the premise for our “Gossip Rag & Tag” menu.  Yes Rona Barrett, People, Star, Photoplay, etc. provided some juicy recipes from the stars.  Dishes from Frank Sinatra, Cher, Johnny Cash, Sophia Loren and others have graced their pages.  Just for fun our menu includes these stellar stars and their favorite dishes.

Cary Grant’s Barbecued Chicken
Walt Disney’s Macaroni and Cheese
Carmen Miranda’s Fruit Bowl
Loretta Lynn’s Peach Cobbler
(Disclaimer, the recipes provided by these stars have not been tested or sampled.  Any similarity to actual delicious food is purely coincidental.)

If you want to participate over the weekend.  Post you recipe in the comment section.


On another note for cookoffs we are doing one first week in June.  Theme is retro. Will post more the week of.

Colorado Trip: Day 3 & 4 Grand Junction and Home Again

Saturday was Graduation Day.  It was a beautiful day to see Haley graduate.

My mom made Haley’s morterboard, she wanted a piece of Portland while walking across the stage.  I think she did a great job. It lit up.

After graduation we went to Bin Foodbar 707 to have a celebratory meal.

We had two appetizers which were a fried artichoke with aoili and fried cauliflower with a miso pesto sauce with burrata.  This was phenomenal, I could cuddle up on a couch and eat this all day.

They made a wonderful mint ice tea.  It was so good, I am going to try to replicate.  Everything about this restaurant was fabulous.  Service was exceptional and all of our meals were wonderful.

The rest of the day we spent walking main street.  I found some pieces to repurpose for our jewelry.  If you like antiques this is the place to to, they had a wide assortment and the prices were fair.    We called it a night early and went to bed.  Leaving Sunday we flew out early.  I will  say Denver Airport was interesting, I found it a little hard to navigate.  Overall our trip was a success, we only had a few Griswold moments the main one was going through security with a cinnamon roll but we made it.