By Andy Bedwell
You know those trays the waiters bring around at the end of a good meal with a slice of triple chocolate mousse, a slice of a lemon tart sprinkled with grated lemon zest (this would always be my pick) and a mocha torte with toffee drizzled over the top are, well…over the top.
My sister and I are famous for asking for a carry-out of one of these fabulous desserts! We are always too “stuffed” following a meal for an added dessert. While looking at all of the beautiful dishes that everyone prepared for the Easter weekend, I was so impressed with an assorted fruit bowl that Cindy Blythe Johnston had fixed for her family. It was a feast for the eyes and for the palate. Thank you, Cindy (whom I love dearly), for sharing your arrangement of fresh fruits.
Also, a reminder when dessert time comes around, we will be amazed how much everyone will enjoy this traditional, but seldom served dessert.
1 can of condensed milk
1 (16 ounce) container
of Cool Whip
1 (6 ounce) can
cracker pie crusts
Chill the can of milk for an hour or so. Then combine it with Cool Whip and lemonade. Beat with an electric mixer until frothy. Spoon the mixture into the pie shells. Refrigerate for several hours until well set before cutting.
Andy’s Note: Most of you probably have this recipe but it reminds me so much of warm weather and the hot summer days in the South. Sometimes I add fresh sliced strawberries to these pies. You can also tint the mixture pink and serve in crystal dessert dishes with a sprinkle of crushed graham crumbs on top. These can also be frozen! Quick, easy, and Good!
As many chicken breast as people you are serving
As many tomatoes as people you are serving
The same goes for onions, bell pepper, small corn on the cob, and thinly
Tear a large piece of heavy duty foil for each serving. On each piece of foil, place a chicken breast, quartered tomato, onion, bell pepper, small corn and any other vegetable that you know that person prefers. Squash, broccoli and thinly sliced potatoes can be added. Add salt, pepper, and maybe two tablespoons of butter. Fold foil as tightly as you can and place packets on a large cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for one and one-half hours.
Andy’s Note: I usually add cooked buttered rice for my side to this dish. How easy is this meal? Just be sure that each packet has what that person enjoys eating. You can put these together the night before and keep refrigerated until you are ready to bake. This is a great dish for people who are watching their calories!
Happy Cooking, Andy
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