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.


Ingredients
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

Dressing
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.

GIVEAWAY!


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?




You can catch up with me on Facebook and sign up for my newsletter on my web site.  You'll also find a sneak peek at the first chapter of Berried Secrets there under News & Events!




73 comments:

  1. The book and the recipe sound wonderful! I will try this salad soon. Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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

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  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!
    mtrver@gmail.com

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  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!

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  5. Delicious...recipe and a book? I always like getting into a series with the introduction of Book 1...I love the title, too! kat8762@aol.com

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  6. The Macaroni Salad looks yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe and giveaway.
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  7. One look at that macaroni salad and I knew I had to make it. Thanks for the giveaway, too. sssusieq@hotmail.com

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  8. The macaroni salad looks delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe and for this giveaway.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  9. The macaroni salad sounds delicious especially since I also don't like things really sweet. I'm looking forward to your new series and can't wait to read Berried Secrets. Thanks for the giveaway. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  10. The recipe looks great, it's pretty close to my mom's recipe. I can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the chance
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  11. Will have to try this, very close to my grandmother's recipe but I never thought of adding the dry mustard and sour cream - that would definitely give it a kick. I do add sliced green olives to mine.
    Love cozy mysteries, cranberries and the Michigan coast so I'm looking forward to reading the book.

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  12. Love macaroni salad, cranberries and mysteries. Thanks for the giveaway.
    fsumom99@aol.com

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  13. I really like macaroni salads too! I won't be home for a week so I have to wait to make it. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win a fun book!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  14. Love macaroni salad!!! Thanks for the new recipe and the chance to try to win the giveaway! My husband and I are going out East this fall, and cranberry bogs are on my list; they are so beautiful to look at! Again thanks for trying to win the.hopegrubka@att.net

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  15. Thanks for the new series and the opportunity to win! And for the recipe; big party coming up in 3 weeks! email address through my website.

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. The book and the recipe both sound really good. mbrown0813@wowway.com

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  17. Yum! This sounds like a must-try recipe to try along with your must-read new book!! bskts4unme@hotmail.com

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  18. A yummy recipe to try and more books to read! Perfect combo; thanks for the opportunity!

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  19. Wow- that sounds delicious! I've been looking for a new pasta salad recipe so I'll definitely give this one a try. And with a broken ankle, I've got time to check out new books, so I'll look that up. I'd love to win a copy :-)
    Jenn (speedogirl21@yahoo.com)

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  20. Thanks! I've never found a store-bought macaroni salad that tastes good. Congratulations on the new series!

    patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  21. Would love to read!
    Mjdownfam@comcast.net

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  22. I like that it is colorful. There is nothing like a bland, colorless salad at a picnic.
    this one looks inviting. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  23. Would love a chance to win Berried Secrets, love your mysteries & I'm always looking for new ones to read. Thanks for you generous Giveaways. Linda May

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  24. The macaroni salad looks fantastic. I am looking forward to making I. Thank you for your giveaway. Thank you for your recipe.ci

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  26. The recipe sounds great. I love that you used Splenda and red onion.I have almost everything to make it this week-end. I can't wait to read the book and love the cover. The cat reminds me of the first stray that adopted me! Thanks for the giveaway.
    MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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  27. Sounds good. Looking forward to reading your new book. Thanks for the chance.

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  28. The macaroni salad looks good. I don't do well on those kinds of salad but maybe I can make this one. Would really love to win book. Reading and cranberries together - awesome
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  29. Looking forward to reading this new series📖 cebogert@gmail.com

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  30. I'd love to win Berried Secrets. Another great vegetable macaroni salad to use the fresh