Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cauliflower Salad, Chicken and Rice Casserole

Happy Poceno Ladies! I love you all!

I have been in a Ladies club for over 20 years. We meet once a month and play a game called Poceno.  It is a combination of poker and Bingo.  But, over the years we have changed the rules a litttle and we think our version is way more fun than the original.  We play a game called the Boob and the first nipple off gets a point and then the first one that gets all of the chips off gets 2 points.  We even have a game representing a male part, but i 'm not going into details on that one. Some of the ladies have been in this group over 30 years.  Some of us have had our moms in the group.  Over the years we have been saddened by the loss "The Joy Luck Club"of some of our best friends, but the rest of us stick by each other through happy times and sad times. I have always thought of us being like the ladies in the movie,  "The Joy Luck Club".  We get toghether at another members home and have dinner, drinks and just plain old FUN!  Well, My month this year was June.  I served a delicious Cauliflower salad, Chicken & Rice Casserole, corn muffins, cupcakes and vodka and grapefruit juice.  I am going to share the salad and casserole recipe here.  I didn't get photo's of them, so you are just going to have to take my word that both were delicious.  The cupcake recipe is on my blog already.  It is the Magnolia Bakery recipe.

This is delicious-I promise!
1 large head of Romaine lettuce or 1 large bag of pre washed lettuce.
1 head of cauliflower
approx. 1 cup of mayo
1 small red onion, chopped
approx 2 TBS sugar
approx. 1 1/2 cup shredded parmasean cheese
1 small pkg of real bacon bits

If using a head of romaine lettuce, chop or pull apart by hand into small size pieces, and layer it into the bottom of a large bowl.  On top of the lettuce, place the chopped tops of the cauliflower.  The next layer is the red onion sprinkled on top of the cauliflower.  Then cover with a thin layer of mayonnaise and sprinkle sugar over the mayo. The last layer is the parmasean cheese.  Let it sit in the refrigerator over night.  Before serving, toss the entire salad and sprinkle the bacon bits on top.  So easy! So good!

Chicken and Rice Casserole
2 TBS butter
1 medium sweet onion
1 8.8oz Uncle Bens ready to serve  jasmine rice
3 cups of chopped rotissire chicken
1 1/2 cups frozen petite peas
1 1/2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup mayo
1 10 oz cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz can sliced waterchestnuts, drained
1 4oz jar sliced pimiento, drained
3 cups crushed ridged potato chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter and put in chopped onions and cook til tender.  Microwave rice according to package directions.  Combine onions, rice, chicken and next 6 ingredients.  Place in a 13x9 dish.  Top with chips and bake until bubbly. This is another easy, delicious dish!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Ms Kitty's Sloppy Joe's and Bon Voyage to Aubrey

Aubrey was chosen for the Jr. National Young Leaders conference in Washington DC.  
she leaves in the morning on her first trip by airplane.  Her Mom and I have been making sandwiches and cupcakes to help raise money for her trip.  Good friends from work, Glen and Kitty Dietrich made Sloppy Joe sandwiches recently and we sold sandwiches and chips at work for lunch.  The sloppy joe's are delicious.  Ms Kitty gave me permission to share her recipe here.
I want Aubrey to know how proud everyone is of her and to wish her a wonderful trip.  
Her mom is worried  because this will be Aubrey's first trip alone.  As a Mom, I would be worried too, but Aubrey is so smart and mature for her age, I know she will be fine and will come back home with many wonderful stories.  Aubrey you be good and be SAFE!
Know that there are many people back home that loves you and misses you!

MS Kitty's Sloppy Joe's

10 lbs of ground hamburger
2 onions chopped
2 bottles of sweet pickle relish
5TBS Worcestershire
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups ketchup

Brown ground beef in a large skillet and drain.  Transfer the ground beef to  to a large bowl and toss with all of the ingredients.  Divide the mixture between 2 crock pots and cook on low for 6 hours.  Serve on a large bun with really good chips.

Aubrey's lovely Mom getting ready for lunch!!