May 30, 2016

Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Dried Cranberries

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Loaded with the saltiness of crumbled bacon, slight-sweetness of dried cranberries, and crunch of fresh broccoli and sunflower seeds, this Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Dried Cranberries is packed with great flavor.  Perfect for all those cookouts, church socials, picnics, and potlucks!

Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Dried Cranberries ~ This version of broccoli salad is packed with great flavor.  Perfect for all those cookouts, church socials, picnics, and potlucks!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Broccoli Salad.  It's one of those dishes that has about as many different ways to make it as there are people in the world.  Am I right??  It seems every time I run across a bowlful at a potluck or cookout, it's got just some little twist or tweak to it that makes it unique.

May 25, 2016

Pea Salad - I didn't think I'd like it either!

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Peas, celery, hard-cooked egg, shredded cheddar, and pimentos combine to make Pea Salad???  I didn't think I'd like it either! {but it's really  good}

Pea Salad ~ a wonderful choice for a picnic or potluck!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


I remember well when my Mom told me about this recipe for pea salad.  We were on the phone discussing recipes for the family cookbook I was pulling together as a gift for our family members.  My immediate thoughts: 

"That.  Sounds. Disgusting.  Peas, hard-boiled egg, pimento, cheddar cheese, and a mayo-based dressing?  All together??  Who thinks of this stuff?  I mean, seriously, were they cleaning out the refrigerator or something???  And she wants to include this recipe in the family cookbook?  I don't even like peas!"

May 23, 2016

{No Churn} Chocolate Nutter Butter Ice Cream

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When it comes to cookies and cream ice cream, why should vanilla and Oreos have all the fun?  For a decidedly different cookies and cream, give this Chocolate Nutter Butter Ice Cream a try instead!  

{No Churn} Chocolate Nutter Butter Ice Cream ~ A delicious {& easy} chocolate & peanut butter take on cookies and cream!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

In my recent {No Churn} Cookies and Cream Ice Cream post, I professed my love for the easy no churn method of making ice cream that involves simply some homemade whipped cream, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and a freezer.

Are you familiar with this method?

If you are, then you already know about its wonderfully creamy and deliciously easy result ... and you know how versatile the method is for creating fabulously fun flavors.  If you're not, then you'll want to get familiar with it to get in on the yummy easy ice cream fun!

May 20, 2016

Pineapple-Pecan Chicken Salad

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Refreshingly tasty Pineapple-Pecan Chicken Salad may just be the perfect chicken salad for summer time.  Or any time!

Pineapple-Pecan Chicken Salad ~ This refreshingly tasty chicken salad may just be the perfect chicken salad for summer.  Or any time!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Is anyone else already thinking of the sandy beaches and sweet sunshine of summer?  I know I sure am.  And am counting down the days to our family beach vacation in a few weeks.

I am, though, fully aware it's still a month away until the official start of summer.  So what's a ready-for-the-beach wishing-it-was-summer girl to do as she waits for warmer days and sun rays?  Do some summer wishin' through her food, of course!

Like by enjoying the refreshingly delicious, scream-of-summer flavors of this Pineapple-Pecan Chicken Salad that I recently whipped up for lunch.

May 16, 2016

{No Churn} Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

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Grab those Oreos, smush them up, and whip up an easy, creamy batch of no churn Cookies and Cream Ice CreamIt's such a simple version of this classic ice cream flavor!

{No Churn} Cookies and Cream Ice Cream ~ such an easy-to-make version of this classic flavor!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


When I think of Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, I think of pure creamy comfort.  And the perfect frozen cookies-and-milk combination.  And chocolate-y goodness.  And my absolute favorite cookies.  And ... a totally  classic ice cream flavor.  I mean, don't we all love Cookies and Cream Ice Cream?

When it comes to making this classic ice cream at home, did you know you can do it with no fuss?

May 11, 2016

BLT Dip

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This easy little BLT Dip is loaded with great bacon flavor that's beautifully complimented by sun dried tomatoes and green onion.  It's perfect for dipping those good ol' potato chips!

BLT Dip ~ This easy dip is loaded with great bacon flavor that's beautifully complimented by sun dried tomatoes & green onion.  Perfect for dipping those good ol' potato chips!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


I'm obsessed with little seasoning and dip mix packets.  

You know the ones, right?  All the different little dip, chili seasoning, and drink mix packets you find in gift shops and everywhere, especially around the holidays?  Yes, those.  I love the things.  And just can't help buying a few every time I see a big display.  Every. Single. Time.

Please tell me I'm not the only one.

Well this past Christmas as I was doing my Christmas shopping, I of course encountered a display or two in my gift-shopping travels.  As usual for me, I just couldn't resist picking up a few to try out.  One of my favorites from the selections? ... BLT Dip.

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