Famous Broccoli Salad

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My FAMOUS (even if only in my own mind) Broccoli Salad. This is one of my favorite salads! I love the freshness and it is perfect for a Southern family dinner.  The trick to MY salad is that you blanch the broccoli  to bring out the bright green color and to lightly cook. It is still crisp just more tender. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Broccoli Salad

2 heads broccoli

6 slices bacon, crisp & crumbled

1/2 c golden raisins

1/2 c toasted almonds

1 small red onion, chopped fine

1 c mayo

1/4 c honey

2 Tb vinegar

Blanch broccoli for 2-3 mins, remove, and submerge in cold water. Once cool add red onion and raisins to broccoli. Mix dressing and pour 1/4 to 1/2 onto broccoli mix and chill. Just before serving add almonds & crumbled bacon and additional dressing (if needed). Makes a great addition to any spring or summer meal. Enjoy!

Mama Bird

Easter Meal Planning

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I am traditionalist I love having certain holiday meals that always feel familiar, I don’t mean that I want them to all be the same or that I wouldn’t switch it up here and there but Easter just screams HAM!

My favorite all time ham is Nigella Lawson’s. She just dumps yellow mustard, molasses, brown sugar, studs of cloves and then dumps a good ole Coca Cola over top. I buy the Ham (already cooked) So you really just zip it up a bit, warm and serve!  YUM-O

Corn Soufflé goes PERFECT with Ham this is one of those dump, stir, top and bake recipes. SO EASY

corn soufflé:

1 can cream corn

1 can corn, drained

1 can rotel, drained

8 oz sour cream

4 T butter, melted

1 box jiffy corn bread mix

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Dump everything into a bowl, stir, pour in a greased 9×11 baking dish bake at 350 for 45 mins

Broccoli Salad is one of my favorite spring salads it is bright green and just beautiful!

Deviled Eggs again I am a traditionalist I just do a dallop of Hellman’s mayo, small squirt of yellow mustard, splash of apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. THAT’S IT!

Parker House Rolls

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Carrot Cake for desert This is my AWARD winning from the famous Grove Park Inn, it is delish, moist, perfect in every way. No nuts coconut or otherwise (my house can’t have nuts and hates coconut!)

What are you having for Easter?

xoxo, Mama Bird

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies and broccoli salad rates in the TOP 10 favorite salads! I posted my recipe during Easter and I had several comments and questions, SO I thought I would do a more detailed post as I am making it tonight for dinner. It is fresh & yummy!

The trick (or big difference)  to MY salad is that you blanch the broccoli for 2 mins to bring out the bright green color and to lightly cook. It is still crisp just more tender.  P4100031Isn’t the color amazing?
The broccoli on the left has been blanched and the right is raw.
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2 heads broccoli
6 slices bacon, crisp & crumbled
1/2 c golden raisins
1/2 c toasted almonds
1 small red onion, chopped fine
1 c mayo
1/4 c honey
2 Tb vinegar
Blanch broccoli for 2-3 mins remove submerge in cold water. Once cool add red onion and raisins to broccoli. Mix dressing and pour 1/4 to 1/2 onto broccoli mix and chill. Just before serving add almonds & crumbled bacon and additional dressing (if needed). Makes a great addition to any spring or summer meal. Enjoy!

 

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Easter! Lollipops, Salad & my Tree!

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I found this great idea back at Valentine’s Day and I thought that I would make them again for Easter. I got these awesome vintage lolli molds off ebay! I am so excited to make them for Jack’s Class.

LOLLIPOPS

2 c sugar
1/2 c light corn syrup
1/2 c water
1/2 tsp candy flavoring ( I used orange for Spring!)
Bring to 260 add color remove when temp hits 290 and add flavoring.
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EASTER TREE

I saw all these adorable trees and I just couldn’t bring myself to buy one. Jack & I went out in the yard and found some great sticks. I put a rubberband around them and stuffed “grass” in the pail. I had all these fun eggs I found in Tina’s attic and I think it turned out so cute! Makes a great center piece!!

BROCCOLI SALAD
We are breaking tradition this year and I am NOT cooking the big meal. I am on a DIET! My Dad invited us to join them and as a lovely Southern Girl such as myself would never show up empty handed! I am making my FAMOUS (even if only in my own mind) Broccoli Salad. The trick to MY salad is that you blanch the broccoli for 2 mins to bring out the bright green color and to lighly cook. It is still crisp just more tender.
2 heads broccoli
6 slices bacon, crisp & crumbled
1/2 c golden raisins
1/2 c toasted almonds
1 small red onion, chopped fine
1 c mayo
1/4 c honey
2 Tb vinegar
Blanch broccoli for 2-3 mins remove submerge in cold water. Once cool add red onion and raisins to broccoli. Mix dressing and pour 1/4 to 1/2 onto broccoli mix and chill. Just before serving add almonds & crumbled bacon and additional dressing (if needed). Makes a great addition to any spring or summer meal. Enjoy!
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And check out all these great sites for Easter ideas!
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