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SMOKED SAUSAGE, TOMATOES AND OKRA SKILLET

Smoked Sausage, Tomatoes and Okra Skillet - TSLC

This Smoked Sausage, Tomatoes and Okra is a great recipe to use up fresh garden vegetables but could be made with frozen and canned vegetables, too.  This recipe makes a quick, easy meal served over rice. My family loves the fresh vegetables in this dish.

1 (14 ounce) package smoked sausage, sliced in rounds

2 tablespoons bacon drippings or cooking oil

1 cup chopped green onion

1 chopped green pepper

3 cups peeled and chopped fresh tomatoes 0r 1 (14 ounce can diced tomatoes)

2 cups chopped fresh okra (could use frozen)

1 cup fresh or frozen corn (could use canned)

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, Optional

few drops hot sauce

Brown sausage, green onion and green pepper in bacon drippings.  Add all the remaining ingredients and simmer covered 15-20 minutes until okra is tender.  Serve over rice.  Makes 6 to 8 servings.  Enjoy!

Note:  You could add some fresh zucchini to this recipe, too. Just chop up a cup of zucchini and add when adding the vegetables.

Smoked Sausage, Tomatoes and Okra Skillet-TSLC

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet.

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FRESH TOMATO BREAD

Fresh Tomato Bread TSLC

This recipe for Fresh Tomato Bread will go great with any meal.  This bread is good toasted with butter, too.  A great way to use up some of your fresh tomatoes from the garden.

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 eggs

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

1/3 cup chopped onion

1 cup peeled and chopped or mashed tomatoes

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, oregano, black pepper and salt.  Add melted butter, eggs, sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, chopped onion and tomatoes.  Mix well with a spoon.  Fold in cheese.  Spray a 9 x 5 bread pan with cooking spray.  Add your bread mixture.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 60 to 65 minutes checking to see if bread is done since ovens vary.  Makes 1 loaf.  Enjoy!

Note:  I have not tried this bread any other way other than the recipe nor have I tried freezing it.  I had an abundance of ripe tomatoes and just came up with the recipe for the first time this week. If your tomatoes are really juicy, you might try draining some of the juice before adding to the recipe.

Tip:  To easily remove the peeling from tomatoes submerge in boiling water for 15 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon. Skins will slip right off.

Fresh Tomato Bread - TSLC

 

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Tomato Pie.

 

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SPICY TUNA PASTA SALAD

Tuna Pasta Salad TSLC

My family loves salads and pasta salad is always a favorite in my home.  This Spicy Tuna Pasta Salad recipe is good by itself or with a meal.  Great to take to pot lucks, too. I like it for lunch and it keeps for several days in the fridge.

3 cups rotini pasta, cooked al dente according to package directions (could use macaroni or shell pasta, too)

2 boiled eggs, chopped

1 small green pepper, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup chopped onion or 3 or 4 green onions

1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped

1 large firm tomato, chopped

2 (5 ounce) cans tuna, drained

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 (1 ounce) package Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch Dressing Mix (If you don’t like spicy try the original ranch)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

Pinch of cayenne, Optional

1/2 cup mayonnaise (could use Miracle Whip, too)

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese or cheese of your choice,  Optional

In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, eggs, green pepper, onion, cucumber, tomato and tuna.   Mix together the sour cream,  dry spicy ranch dressing,  black pepper, salt, cayenne and  mayonnaise. Combine with salad ingredients. Fold in cheese.  Refrigerate several hours or overnight.  Makes 10 to 12 servings. Enjoy!

Note:  You can make this salad using ham, chicken or any meat you like, too.

Tuna Pasta Salad - TSLC

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Potato Salad.

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HAM AND BEAN PASTA SALAD

Ham and Bean Pasta Salad - TSLC

This Ham and Bean Pasta Salad recipe is one of my very favorites and will quickly become one of yours, too.  This salad is great for picnics, family gatherings and just anytime you want a great salad.  It keeps well in the refrigerator and I love having it for lunch.  It is a meal by itself!

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni, cooked and drained according to package directions (could use shells or rotini, too)

1 cup ham, cooked and chopped

1 (15.5 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup carrots, scraped and chopped

1 cup frozen peas (could use fresh or canned)

1/2 cup purple onion, chopped (could use regular onion or green onions)

1/2 green pepper, chopped

1/2 cup mayonnaise (could use Miracle Whip)

3 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped (could use 1 teaspoon dried)

3 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped (could use 1 teaspoon dried)

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain.  In a large bowl combine macaroni, ham, kidney beans,  carrots, peas, onion and green pepper.  Mix together the mayonnaise, basil, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, black pepper and salt in a smaller bowl with a spoon.  Combine the dressing with the pasta.  Fold in the shredded cheese.  Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  Makes 8 to 9 cups of salad.  Enjoy!

Ham and Bean Pasta Salad TSLC

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Ham Salad.

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