Homemade Italian Dressing Mix, Olive Floret Salad & No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies

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Aldi Specials for March 6 ~ 12.

(For a complete listing go here.)

* FRUIT ~ Navel Oranges ($1.49 for 4 lb. bag). Strawberries ($1.29 for a 16 oz. pkg.). Clementines ($2.49 for a 3 lb. bag). Blackberries (99¢ per pint). Cantaloupe (99¢ each). Mangoes (79¢ each).

* FROZEN FRUIT ~ Blueberries ($1.99 for 12 oz. pkg). Raspberries ($1.99 for 12 oz. pkg). Strawberries ($1.99 for 16 oz. pkg). Frozen Peaches or Mixed Fruit ($1.99 for 16 oz. pkg).    SMOOTHIES, maybe?!?!?  🙂

*Frozen Stir Fry Veggies, Oriental or Teriyaki Stir Fry ($2.99 for 37 oz. pkg). I use this quit often.

* Corned Beef Points ($1.99 per lb).

* A selection of Easter Candy. Starburst Jelly Beans ($1.79 for 14 oz. pkg). Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs ($2.85 for 7.2 oz. pkg). Hershey’s Kisses ($2.85 for 11 oz. bag). Cadbury Cream Eggs (4 pk. for $2.49). Peeps (99¢ for 3 oz. pkg.).

* YEAH!!! Honey Grahams (aka Golden Grahams!!!!!! $1.99 per box).

* DOUBLE YEAH!!!! Yogurt * I think it shows lemon, YIPPY SKIPPY!!! (oh it says Lemon Cream Pie…..will that be as good??? hummm…..!!!!!!  * (39¢ each.)

*Steel Cut Oats ( 28 oz. for $2.49).  Time to give steel – cut oats a whirl????

* Mint Sandwich Cookies (aka Mint Oreos!!!!! $1.89). A delicious dessert.

THAT was a lot of good stuff!!!

On to recipes. Really they do NOT focus on any special items. (Though I am tempted to change my mind and share different recipes NOW that I have seen the specials. BUT I really want to share these recipes, so I will stick with that. Happy Shopping. Happy Baking. Happy Cooking. Have a HAPPY DAY everyone!!!)

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I took one bite of this salad at a friend’s house and knew that I wanted the recipe. Something about the mixture that the veggies are tossed in it so very good and something about the way that the veggies soften a bit in the marinade makes it a really really good salad/side dish.  I hope you guys enjoy it as well!

* Dry Italian Dressing mix may contain wheat, so if you need a wheat free/gluten – free dressing mix, try out this recipe. Use 1 1/2 TB. of below mix for this salad recipe. OR if you don’t have a pkg. of Italian Dressing mix ~ this homemade version will work out great!

Italian Dressing Mix Recipe  

1 TB. garlic salt
1 TB. onion powder
1 TB. sugar
2 TB. dried oregano
1 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/2 TB. salt

Mix together and store in a container.

To sub this mixture for a Dry Italian dressing mix envelope then use 1 1/2 TB. To use this mixture to make dressing then use  combine ~ 2 TB. mix, 2 TB. water, 1/4 c. vinegar, 2/3 c. oil. Whisk and use as you would Italian Dressing.

Italian Dressing Mix Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com.

Olive Floret Salad 

1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
1 bunch of broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
2 c. cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
sliced black olives, about 1/2 c.
1 c. Italian salad dressing
1 env. Italian dressing mix
1 c. crumbled Feta cheese

Whisk together the dressing and the dressing mix.

Combine the veggies and olives in a large bowl, toss with the dressing mix. Cover and chill overnight to develop the flavors.

Add the Feta cheese just before serving and toss gently.

Serve and Enjoy.

Thanks Jenn for the recipe, she got it from a Taste of Home Magazine.

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When I am looking for  a quick cookie (they are really quick to mix together), I like to bake these. It only makes about 2 dozen cookies, which just means I get to bake sooner!!!! (Cause they disappear fast and then I get to bake again!)  Or I double and make some of all three variations. This cookie is sorta crunchy, and it literally melts in your mouth.

No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix the above ingredients together till combined well.  (Use your mixer for thorough mixing.) I let it chill for just a bit, not too long cause the dough will be harder to work with that way. Now…..to make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies OR Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies OR just plain Peanut Butter Cookies??? Good question.

* For Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies, add 1 c. chocolate chips. Roll into a ball.  Bake @ 350* for 12-14 minutes.
* For Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, Roll into balls…..bake @ 350* for about 12-15 minutes, then press a kiss in. Cool. You can also roll the dough AROUND the kiss….I like it that way!!
* OR leave out the chocolate all together and just enjoy a peanut butter cookie. Roll in a ball and smoosh down ever so gently with a fork (may need to dip fork in sugar to avoid sticking) to make the lovely criss-cross marks that you see on Peanut Butter Cookies. Bake @ same temp for about 12 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Prized Recipes to Cook and Savor, page 142.

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11 responses »

  1. These both look excellent!!!I am going to try them! I also wanted to tell you I copied the recipe for your Buttermilk Pancakes!!! I love homemade things like this , and I actually used to make homemade maple syrup—I remembered that and now I am inspired to do that again. This is the kind of thing that the Book “Animal , Vegetable , Miracle ” inspires you to do!!! Thank you Bobbi

    • Yippy, I hope you enjoy the pancakes. HOMEMADE maple syrup sounds fabulous!!! I am very into “from scratch things” so that is RIGHT up my alley. I am inspired……for sure. Thank you.

  2. I can’t wait to try this salad, it looks delicious! But i am really happy to have a homeade Italian dressing mix recipe because I never buy that stuff. And I like you version of the flourless peanut butter cookie:)

    • This salad is RIGHT up your alley. Maybe even the picky one who lives with you’s alley?!?!?!?!!!!! The dry dressing mix will come in handy for you some day I am sure, it comes in handy for me, for sure!!!! I was hoping you would tell us ALL about “your” version of the peanut butter cookies. *Hint Hint* (I couldn’t remember exactly what you did, so I did not add it in.)

  3. oh I guess that was in an e-mail that I talked about these cookies and how I could not believe there was no flour in them, i was very skeptical when I decided to make them and was very pleasantly surprised at how delicious they are ……didn’t even miss the flour and dad really really liked them! heehee

  4. Oh, I made them exactly according to the recipe… didn’t do anything extra just followed the recipe:)

  5. Oh whoops….sorry Bobbi I thought this WAS my recipe…yes my recipe calls for 1/2 cup of chopped cocktail peanuts, other than that the recipe is exactly the same. I do remember also that they were quite sweet so I put a note on my recipe to use a little less sugar 🙂

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