Jac o' lyn Murphy

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Peggy's Cucumber Salad


Growing up my mom always had a cold cucumber and onion salad in our refrigerator. 
She was a working mom and became the queen of quick, simple, go-to dishes.
Looking back I realized, that it's the perfect simple, healthy snack 
or a dinner side dish that compliments almost any cuisine.
Imagine my surprise when I saw Peggy's famous salad on Sweet Paul's website!

I hadn't had the salad in a million years and it is just as good as I remember...

The cucumbers are cool and crisp, the red onion flavor mellows as it soaks in the dressing 
and the fresh dill keeps it bright and fresh...

Guess what is always sitting in our frig now??

Peggy's Cucumber Salad
1 large English Cucumber or 6 small Perisan Cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 
1/2 cup white wine or rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
3 Tablespoons fresh dill

Place cucumber and onion in bowl.  In smaller bowl, stir together vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved, then add dill.  Dress vegetables with vinegar mixture and chill in refrigerator at least an hour prior to serving.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Off to College Crackers - 3 totally addictive snacks


My daughter's friend had one last request of me
before she heads off to Wisconsin for college...
I couldn't stop there, I added 2 more variations to really "crack 'er up".




They all have the same premise, 
oyster crackers that are coated and seasoned, then slowly baked to perfection.
Aunt Nita's Dilly Crackers are a classic, with ranch dressing, garlic salt and dill weed...

Everything Bagel Crackers combines poppy and sesame seeds, 
onion, garlic and salt all into a crisp totally addictive snack...

and all the flavors of Onion Soup in one crunchy bite, 
it is a taste sensation like no other!

Are you ready to get crack-in?



Everything Bagel Crackers
2-9  ounce packages oyster crackers
l cup vegetable oil
3 Tablespoons Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel seasoning

Pour oil and seasoning over crackers and coat well.  
Put into medium roaster pan and bake at 200 degrees for l hour.  (stir after  1/2 hr.)
Remove from oven and cool on paper towels.  
Store in an air tight container until ready to serve.

Onion Soup Crackers
2-9  ounce packages oyster crackers
l cup vegetable oil
1 packet of Lipton's Onion Soup Mix (dry)

Pour oil and soup mix over crackers and coat well.  
Put into medium roaster pan and bake at 200 degrees for l hour.  (stir after  1/2 hr.)
Remove from oven and cool on paper towels.  
Store in an air tight container until ready to serve.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Easiest Piñta Cake

Back to School means back to the grind.
Homework, sports practices, meal planning...
In an effort to make the dinner routine a little more fun, 
we rely on Taco Tuesday to make our week night a fiesta.
I'm surprising everyone tonight with a treat, 
a Piñata Cake...

Store bought coconut cake is magically transformed into 
a darling dessert...

You just need a Piñata Cookie Cutter...

and colorful sprinkles...

Gently push sprinkles into the cake to better hold them in place, 
then lift cutter straight up.

This piñata is all about the prize being on the outside,
instead of inside.
Just the way I like it...

Viva Taco Tuesday!

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