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The Cooking Edge - The last hurrah

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As sad as I am to see summer leave us (at least psychologically) with the beginning of school, and many of you cooking out for the last time on Labor Day, I look forward to the thought of baking, putting the stew pot back on the stove and the aromas associated with cooking inside again. Now for that last get-together this coming Saturday, I am giving you a couple of recipes that are not only easy but different. I hope you enjoy.

Tuna and artichoke salad

Don't turn your nose up at artichokes. I did for the longest time until I tried this recipe Dad made me many years ago, and now they are one of my favorite vegetables.

1(.7 oz.) package of Italian salad dressing mix
1/2 c. orange juice
1/4 c. olive oil

2 (6-oz.) cans water-packed solid white tuna, drained and flaked
1 (6 oz.) jar marinated artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
1 (2 1/2 oz.) can sliced ripe olives, drained
1/4 c. chopped red onion
1 seedless orange, peeled and chopped
4 c. shredded romaine lettuce

In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients; mix well and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine tuna, artichoke hearts, olives, onion and orange; toss gently to mix. Arrange lettuce on serving platter, top with tuna mixture and drizzle dressing over salad.

Sweet and spicy chicken dinner packets

1/2 c. chili sauce
4 T. brown sugar
3 T. lime juice
1/2 t. dried ginger
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut French fry fashion
1 green bell pepper, julienned
4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken thighs (feel free to use white meat chicken if desired; I just much prefer dark meat chicken)

Heat grill. In small bowl, combine chili sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, ginger and cayenne; blend well. Cut four large pieces of tin foil, about 18 inches long. Place 1/4 of the sweet potatoes and bell pepper in center of each piece of foil; top each with 1 drumstick and 1 thigh. Spoon chili sauce mixture evenly over vegetables and chicken. Wrap securely but allow room for heat expansion.

When the grill is ready, place packets, seam side down, on gas grill over medium-high heat or on charcoal grill 4-6 inches from coals and cook 40-50 minutes or until chicken is fork tender, turning packets once during cooking.

How about one adult beverage and one for everyone else?

Bailey's shake

Scoop 1 c. vanilla ice cream into blender container. Add 1/4 c. milk and 1/4 c. Bailey's Irish Cream. Blend on medium about 30 seconds or till blended. Pour into glass and top with whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbs. Make your own by crushing chocolate cookies or vanilla wafers.

Candy ice cream shakes

In blender container, combine 1 c. vanilla ice cream, 1/4 c. chopped candy (such as peanut butter M&M's, peanut M&M's, Milky Way or Snicker's bar) and 1/4 c. milk. Cover and blend until combined. Add another cup of ice cream, same amount of chopped candy and milk and puree until desired consistency.

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