Peanut & Pea Salad

This stuff is delicious, just to let you know.

As my mom would say, One of the gals brought this to bookclub last month. Everyone raved. Seconds were inevitable. Recipe request rippled around the table. It’s super easy, she told us.

She obliged.

Pea & Peanut Salad

1 pkg frozen peas (10 oz)
1 cup dry roasted, salted peanuts
1 cup chopped celery
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared zesty Italian salad dressing

In a large bowl, combine the peas, peanuts, celery, bacon and onion. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and Italian dressing. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Chill until serving.  About 8 1/2-cup servings.

Note: If you can only find 12 oz bags of peas, then use all 12 oz.  You can make this salad 1 hour before you need to leave, or make ahead. Personal opinion is that it is best soon after making (because the peas are more solid), but you could make a day ahead and nobody would care because it tastes great. I doubled this for a BBQ we went to.

Walmart Has Good Ice Cream

Hello gorgeous.

I know it has been a while. So I’ll break in with some ice cream talk.

Summer’s here again (not officially, yet but the kids are out the air-conditioning’s been on, so it’s summer in my book). And what screams summer like ice cold treats? I’m not a huge ice cream fan, though I admittedly eat my fair share of it. I just don’t crave it and turn to it when I want to pork down.

Great Value Blueberry PomegranateFrank and I used to get the small tubs of some specialty ice cream. This was years ago. But since then the kids have grown and those small tubs are too small for the lot of us. I still get them sometimes (like this Häagen-Dazs five™ ice cream, mint, good stuff). Generally I go for the Bryer’s All Natural. Frank likes that it is “real” ice cream. We all like the taste. And often it is on sale. But a few years ago we had one of those obnoxious Super Wal-marts open very close to our house. As much as I hate it, I find myself there almost daily. It is a matter of convenience and an emaciated checkbook. Can’t win every battle.

Anyway, I’m all for checking out the generics/store brands, and have done the same with the Wal-mart Great Value brand. I think we may have started with the all natural ice cream. To make a long story short: it’s a winner. The Blueberry Pomegranate is one of my favorite ice creams hands down. It is delicious and it saves me a few pennies. Score.