Saturday, October 4, 2014

Artichoke Rice Salad

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Here's a recipe for a salad that I recently made for my grand-daughter's birthday party.  It has Rice-a-Roni in it, which you can make in the microwave to speed up the preparation.  This was one of my favorite salads from years ago.

Ingredients:
2 pkgs. chicken flavored Rice-A-Roni
2 green onions, chopped finely
12-15 green olives with pimentoes, sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2 small roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. curry
2 jars of marinated artichoke hearts, drained
2-3 T balsamic vinegar
Salt, pepper (to taste)

Microwave the Rice-A-Roni according to the directions on the package. Prepare the rest of the ingredients. Mix everything together. Adjust seasoning accordingly. Refrigerate until serving time. This recipe can be made a day in advance.

Here's my sweet grand-daughter, Madeline, and her birthday cake.



Tuna Poke (Albacore or Ahi)

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This is by far the best poke recipe I have tasted.  The albacore was caught off of the Oregon coast by Denny, so it is the freshest we have ever eaten.  You can use any type of tuna like albacore, bluefin or ahi. Simply delicious!

Ingredients:
1 lb. tuna steaks (albacore, ahi, bluefin)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/4 cup sweet Maui onions or red onions (rinsed in water)
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. fresh ginger, finely grated
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
Red chili pepper flakes (to taste)
Kosher salt (to taste)

Cut the tuna into bite-sized cubes.  Mix the rest of the ingredients together with the tuna.  Refrigerate for 30 min.  Serve cold.