Party Favorites

Individual recipes located above each picture.

Friends and I threw a surprise party for a very kind woman who is always
generous and full of fun. Everyone brought something delicious. I have a question for you and I bet you know the answer!

How does a pot-luck dish receive designation as a favorite?

It's not when the bowl is empty. It's not when everyone goes for seconds.
It's when the party is over and your phone blows up with everyone sending the same text message.

"Can I please have that recipe?"

And my answer is, "of course."

Those Beans

When I lived in North Carolina a friend shared this recipe with me and it is always

a hit. The best thing about those beans is you can make them the day before the party. I mixed the ingredients and put them into a crockpot liner then into a Tupperware bowl and put them in the fridge. Party day I plopped the liner with bean mixture into the crockpot and I had very little mess!

Download recipe here

Fresh Herb Tomato-Jack Salad

Herb gardeners will make use of fresh oregano and basil leaves for this salad. Dried herbs work just fine and substitutions are given. Again, this is an easy salad to make with only three main ingredients: tomato, cheese, and zucchini. Light, different, and colorful with a homemade dressing that's a snap to make.

Download recipe here

Moist Pork tenderloin and Turkey

Butter foil, place meat in the center, sprinkle with a little garlic powder. As always, if you love extra seasoning or pepper go for it! Wrap tightly in the heavy duty foil and place into a baking dish or roaster pan. Put about 1-2 inches of water into the pan and cover with lid or foil. Bake at 350 for about 1- 1 1/2 hours until the meats reach the appropriate temperature. Pork should be well done at 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Turkey should be done at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Of course when I make these meats I also make the honey mustard and cranberry clove sauces. These sauces seem to be loved by so many. Easy to make and can be mixed up the day before your party and heat in the microwave or put in a little crockpot.

Make ahead mashed potatoes

I love these potatoes but I don't fix them often. At my age, I need to watch my weight and fat content. Great for a party for leftovers are rare preventing temptation and gluttony!
Fix them the day before. Take them out of the fridge about 20 minutes before baking. I have made these for high school student musical rehearsals, multiple parties, and funeral meals. A favorite of active teens.

Download recipe here

I know so much is going on this month and I usually only send out one newsletter per month, but I had a party and everyone wanted these recipes. I have a few I requested myself and when I get them I will post them as well!

Have a marvelous May. Eat hearty and be blessed.
Dr. Donna