July 4th! 2010

Hope all of you are planning to have a great day today!  My yard looks like the movie “Caddie Shack” with all the trenches and piles of dirt.  The sprinkler system project is in full swing and I am trying to stay as far away from it as I can.  Yes, I did have some success yesterday with my previous posted plans, today I plan to explore making Gnocchi with some fresh ricotta I made the other day (technically it is called Manaci – for any who might care).  If the recipe turns out, I will try to remember to post it..and take some pictures too! 

We were invited to an inpromptu picnic later on today and I am making my old standby 4th of July Jello salad – I know it is old-fashioned and probably not good for you…but it is totally American and what we secretly yearn for on holidays like today.  I thought I would share with you and hope you enjoy!

Happy 4th – Kathleen

Sparkler Jello Salad

6 ounce package strawberry jello

1 1/2 cups boiling water

8 ounce package cream cheese

24 ounce package frozen strawberries

1 small container Cool-Whip

  1. Combine Jello and boiling water in blender; blend 10 seconds.
  2. Add cream cheese, blend until combined.
  3. Add strawberries and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into large serving bowl and fold in Cool-Whip.  Refrigerate until firm.  Serve with fresh blueberries and an additional dollop of Cool-Whip for a festive presentation if you choose!

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