Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Sand Pudding

A different twist on what my family calls "dirt cake".




Ingredients:
1 pkg Vanilla Wafers
3 or 4 Oreos
8 oz Cream Cheese
1/4 C Butter
2/3 C powdered sugar
2 small pkgs French Vanilla pudding mix
2 3/4 C Milk
12 oz Cool Whip

Directions:

Crush Oreos and Vanilla Wafers in a food processor.  In a separate bowl, cream together softened 8 oz cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar. In another bowl, mix pudding with milk.  Add to cream cheese mixture.  Fold in cool whip.  Layer into buckets with sand, pudding, sand etc.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Greek Salsa

A refreshing twist on a classic dip!

Ingredients
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2-1/2 teaspoons Greek seasoning, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
3/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
1 package (12 ounces) whole wheat pita breads

Directions
In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil, 1-1/2 teaspoons Greek seasoning and garlic; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, onion and olives. Drizzle with vinegar mixture and toss to coat. Chill until serving.

Cut each pita bread into eight wedges. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with remaining oil; sprinkle with remaining Greek seasoning. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until crisp. Serve with salsa. 

Yield: 2-3/4 cups salsa and 40 pita chips. 

Recipe Source - Taste of Home

Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Strawberry Sauce

Great way to use those tasty berries in a main dish!

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
2 cups chopped fresh strawberries, divided
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each), cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine broth, 1 cup strawberries, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Strain mixture and set aside liquid, discarding solids.

Sprinkle pork with garlic powder, salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown pork on both sides. Remove and keep warm.

Add broth mixture to the same skillet; bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth and gradually stir into skillet.

Return pork to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened and pork is tender. Serve pork with sauce. Top with feta cheese, onions and remaining strawberries.
Yield: 8 servings. 

Recipe Source - Taste of Home

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