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Crafty Creations In The Kitchen - Brenda's Italian Pasta Salad & Other Yummy Goodies

Brenda is getting creative in the kitchen this week on Good Morning Texoma! She's come up with a yummy pasta salad, perfect for your Fourth of July picnic.

Italian Pasta Salad
You'll need:
Favorite Tony Bennett CD
1 Large Bag of Pasta
Green & Red Bell Pepper
Red Onion
Black and/or Green Olives
Artichoke Hearts
Grape Tomatoes
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Italian Dressing

Play CD.  Cook Pasta per package directions. Clean, chop and coat veggies with dressing. Cool pasta in ice water and let sit 10 minutes - drain.
Combine veggies and pasta, add dressing if needed. Top with oregano and cheeses, serve chilled.

Cold Corn Salad
You'll Need:
1 large back of frozen corn
1 green and 1 red bell pepper
1 bunch of green onions
1 large Jersey tomato
1 firm avocado
creamy italian dressing

Chop peppers and onions, add to cold corn. Coat with dressing. Garnish top of salad with wedges of tomato and avocado and bell pepper top.
** use any tomato if Jersey tomato isn't available. A metal bowl will keep this cold for transport. It will also keep frozen corn frozen so defrost first.

Italian Appetizer
You'll need:
Fresh tomato or can or diced italian style tomato
Red onion
italian dressing
Parmesan cheese

Directions: Dice veggies and combine, coat with dressing. Serve chilled in juice glass with celery stick garnish.
Top with Parm Cheese.
***if using canned diced italian style tomato dressing is not needed.
Make ahead and refrigerate!