culinary cliff's notes

We went to a picnic today, and had to take a side dish and dessert. So I cheated, and made the easiest things I could think of: practically instant pasta salad and Rita's peanut butter brownies. The latter we had for the first time last week, and I'm addicted. Here are the recipies.

practically instant pasta saladPractically Instant Pasta Salad
1 lb pasta
1 can black olives
1 can beans (I used kidney. Northern or garbanzos would work equally well.)
1/2 bottle italian salad dressing
Cook pasta and rinse well. Mix with other ingredients. That's it. You can add anything else that seems interesting; pepperoni would be tasty, as would cubed cheese or artichoke hearts. Throw in whatever tickles your fancy.

peanut butter browniesPeanut Butter Brownies
9 x13 pan of your favorite brownies (I use the recipie from the back of the Hershey's Cocoa box, but a mix would work as well)
1 1/2 cups of creamy peanut butter
1 can chocolate frosting
Make sure the brownies are cool before you start. Spread the peanut butter thickly, then spread the chocolate frosting on top. Serve with cold milk or ice cream and plenty of napkins.


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