Dec 19, 2010

Christmas buffet

Italian Confetti Pasta Salad

By: Jeri Mortinson 
"This recipe is so easy to make, and always such a hit! It is great for backyard barbecues. For best results, chill overnight."
Original Recipe Yield 6 servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cups colored rotini pasta
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse in cold water, and drain.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, black pepper, and garlic until well several hours. Stir gently before serving.blended. Mix in basil. Add pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers, and olives; fold gently until mixed. Chill

    Red Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Chives


    By: Jen 
    "This is a delicious creamy potato salad recipe. Fresh chives add the perfect touch."


    • 6 large red potatoes
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
    • 1/4 cup fresh chives, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ground black pepper to taste


    1. Scrub potatoes (don't peel). If large, cut in half or in quarters. Boil potatoes in their skins until fork-tender. Drain, dry and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
    2. In a salad bowl, combine the potatoes, sour cream, yogurt, and chives; toss gently to coat. Add salt, and pepper to taste; refrigerate until chilled.

    Nutritional Information open nutritional information

    Amount Per Serving  Calories: 206 | Total Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg 
    serves 10

  3. Tomato rice soup is made with crushed tomatoes, water or chicken broth, celery, parsley, bay leaf, and other seasoning.

    Cook Time: 25 minutes

    Total Time: 25 minutes


  4. 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) tomatoes, or 1 quart home-canned tomatoes, crushed
  5. 2 cups water or chicken broth
  6. 1/4 cup chopped celery with leaves
  7. chopped fresh parsley
  8. 1/2 bay leaf, crumbled
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  11. 1/4 cup uncooked long grain rice


Bring tomatoes, water and seasonings to a boil in a large saucepan. Add rice and cook 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Taste and add more salt and pepper to taste. Tomato Rice Soup serves 4.

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