Side Dishes

Mom’s Slightly Spicy Spaghetti Dish

This is a great recipe to liven up your basic spaghetti pasta.

INGREDIENTS:
3 tablespoons EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1/2 of a medium brown onion, chopped
1 16 ounce can of S&W chopped tomatoes
12 ounces of regular (bland) flavored Ragu pasta sauce
1/2 teaspoon of dried red pepper, chopped
2 bunches of fresh basil, chopped
12 ounces of spaghetti, cooked, strained and still warm (if possible)

DIRECTIONS:
Heat oil in a large skillet. When oil is about to start popping, add onions and simmer reducing heat slowly until glassy.

Add tomato and salt to taste. Cook for 4 more minutes. Add the fresh basil. Toss in spaghetti noodles and sprinkle in the red pepper.

Heat while folding ingredients on medium for about 1 or 2 minutes

Attributed to: Evelyn Johnson

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Napa Valley Chicken Salad

Grapes make the taste twist on this cool and creamy (great for hot summer days) salad

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cup seedless red grapes, sliced in halves
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1/2 cup Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing

DIRECTIONS:
Combine chicken, grapes, celery, pecans and green onion in a medium bowl. Stir mustard into dressing; toss with the salad. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

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Blue Diamond Smokehouse Dip

You will love this dip for celery sticks and chips and just about anything you can dip. And it only takes about five minutes to make.

INGREDIENTS:
1 can (3 oz.) Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 cup Yogurt, Plain
1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
1/4 lb. Any Blue-Veined Cheese, softened

DIRECTIONS:
Finely chop the almonds using a food processor or a clean coffee grinder. If you don’t clean the coffee grinder you will have a slightly coffee flavored almond dip.

In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, cheese and chopped almonds. Mix well and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Serve with raw vegetables or as a dip.

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