Saturday, August 1, 2015

Homemade Macaroni Salad #Recipe @Peg Cochran & #Giveaway

I love macaroni salad but I find the store bought kind to be way too sweet for my taste.  I found this recipe on the Food Network and fiddled around with it to suit our tastes. Actually now that I look at the original recipe I realize this bears little resemblance to the original!  But I can assure you it was very good.  You can put this in your back pocket and serve it for your Labor Day barbecue or picnic.

2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked
green pepper, chopped (quantity is up to you--about 1/2 a large green pepper)
diced celery and carrot (about 1/2 cup each)
1 (very) small red onion, chopped

1/2 cup mayo
3/4 tsp dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar (we used Splenda)
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sour cream
salt and pepper to taste

Chop your veggies--this is before I added the green pepper

 Mix dressing ingredients in a separate bowl

Add pasta to veggies, stir in dressing and enjoy!  Taste for seasoning--you may want more salt or pepper.


I am giving away one copy of Berried Secrets, first in my brand new Cranberry Cove series (debuting on August 4) to one lucky winner.  All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment below!

When Monica Albertson comes to Cranberry Cove—a charming town on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan—to help her half-brother Jeff on his cranberry farm, the last thing she expects to harvest is a dead body.

It seems that Sam Culbert, who ran the farm while Jeff was deployed overseas, had some juicy secrets that soon prove fatal, and Jeff is ripe for the picking as a prime suspect. Forming an uneasy alliance with her high-maintenance stepmother, Monica has her hands full trying to save the farm while searching for a killer. Culbert made plenty of enemies in the quaint small town…but which one was desperate enough to kill?

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  1. The book and the recipe sound wonderful! I will try this salad soon. Thanks for the chance!

  2. The series sounds delightful. And the salad may be just what I need for my book group potluck.

  3. Great sounding recipe! Gonna have to try it one day!
    Thanks for sharing it and for a chance to win this book, it looks like a great read!

  4. If this series is even half as good as the Allergic to Death series, I cannot wait to read it & winning it would make it even better!