Nothing says summer like corn on the cob

It's that time of year again, with fireworks, water skiing, family reunions, hamburgers and corn on the cob. I always wait with great anticipation for July when our local farm picks thier first crop of sweet corn. I probably frequent the farm stand 2-3 times a week for corn, no matter what we are having for dinner corn is always a good side dish.

Joe's Chocolate No Bake Cookies

My brother has been asking me to put this cookie recipes on my blog for a couple months now. He has been in Brazil for a year now and wants to have some good old fashioned American cookies. This recipes is his favorite. In fact my kids call these "Joe's Cookies". These are the perfect quick and easy cookies to make on a hot day when you need something chocolate and don't want to heat up your house. I usually don't even give them time to cool before I start eating them.

2 c. granulated sugar
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c. butter
1/2c. milk
1/2 tsp salt
3 c. quick cooking oats
1/2c. peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium sized sauce pan over medium high heat add butter.

Cocoa powder
Milk and salt.
Stir until butter is melted and ingredients are incorporated.
Bring to a boil, and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until completely melted
Add quick oats and vanilla, mix well
Now working quickly before it cools to much drop by tablespoon full onto wax paper.
My 6 year old loves to help with this part, I thinks it because she likes to eat any stray pieces that don't make it to the wax paper.

Sunday Morning Quiche

Quiche is probably one of the most versatile dishes you can make. You can add any type of vegetable, meat and a variety of cheeses. You could even spice it up a bit with seasonings. This is really a dish you can make your own. Today I added spinach because I had it in the freezer and a used three different types of cheese . You can do anything you want, you can even leave off the crust if you have someone who is celiac like my mother in-law.

1 (10oz)pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
6 eggs
3 cups shredded cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
9 inch pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

In the microwave or on the stove top cook spinach and then drain excess water.
In a large bowl whisk 6 eggs.

To eggs add onion powder, salt and pepper, whisk together.
Grate 3 cups of cheese. I used muenster, sharp Cheddar and Colby jack.
Add cheese to your eggs and mix in.

Mix in spinach

Lightly grease a 9 inch pie plate or I used these cute little individual pie pans. You can also use muffin tins.

Press pastry into pie pans. I left the pastry off some, so my mother in-law could eat it.
fill pie pans 3/4 with egg mixture.
Cook at 350 degrees F for 30minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. With the mini pie pans I cooked them for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Chicken WonTon Salad

I got this recipes about a year and a half ago from my then neighbor and good friend Ali. We had been neighbors 8years before she made this salad for me. I couldn't believe it, she had been holding out on me that whole time. I have to wonder what other recipes she's waiting to spring on me. This is a simple and great tasting salad. My little girl loves the dressing that goes along with it. She calls it "her favorite famous green dressing" try saying that three times.

1 head iceberg lettuce
1 head romaine lettuce
1 small can water chestnuts
1 c. slivered almonds
3 cooked chicken breast or 1 rotisserie chicken
1/2 pkg won-tons, fried
1c. oil
3/4c. seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2c. sugar
4-6 green onions

In a small pan or skillet heat your oil to about 350 degrees F.
Fry won tons until lightly browned on both sides, this only takes a couple minutes.
Transfer fried won tons onto paper towels to drain
Rinse and dry lettuce
Shred chicken. Store bought rotisserie works great for this salad, you don't have to cook anything and it gives it an added flavor and... you don't have to cook anything.

I unfortunately bought whole water chestnuts so I have to slice them

For your dressing: chop your onions
In a blender add 3/4c. vinegar
Add onions, salt and pepper, oil and sugar.
Blend until fully pureed. You should have a nice smooth green dressing
Now you can assemble you salad. There are a couple ways you can do this: you can throw all the ingredients in a bowl and pour the dressing over the salad right before serving and then crumble the won tons over the top or you can plate each salad individually. I usually plate individually when I'm at home, I have some kids and an adult who don't like the water chestnuts, but like extra chicken and dressing and I don't like almonds. So this way everyone gets what they like.

Super Simple Spaghetti Sauce

I got this spaghetti sauce from Paula Deen (I love her). This is the sauce she uses for her baked spaghetti recipe (which is great), but I use this recipe for just regular spaghetti and anything else I need a sauce for.

1 1/2 pd hamburger
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 (15oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp Paula Deen's House Seasoning (in earlier post)
1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
2 tsp brown sugar
2 small bay leaves

In a large saucepan, cook hamburger, bell pepper, onion, and garlic, over medium heat, stirring until meat crumbles and is browned and vegetables are tender. Drainpuree 2 (15oz) cans of tomatoes.
Add pureed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce.
Add the remainder of ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaves.

I don't think it can get anymore simple then that.