Friday, September 9, 2011

7- Layer Salad (Claudia Style)

It would be pretty safe to say that everyone has either had or at least heard of 7-Layer Salad. It is also probably safe to say that there are so many variations of this out there that everyone has their own idea of what the salad contains. Even amongst my family, there is the frequent argument of whether to water chestnut or to not water chestnut. I usually land on the side of to 'not' water chestnut. It's not that I don't like water chestnuts, it's just not my favorite in this salad.

Growing up, this was the most requested dish for my mom to bring to pot lucks, picnics and get togethers. It seriously was never NOT on the list of dishes to make for any family function. So, for my birthday this summer, I brought a little of my mom to the party by making the 7-Layer Salad - Claudia's Style. As you will notice, it's goodness transfers to Minn as well, as I never was actually able to get a picture of the finished product...it was gone that fast.
 


As you can see, the pictures go in order until the bacon, then there is no more. But let me tell you, this salad includes just the right amount of creamy, crunchy, sweet and salty to add pizazz to any party you throw.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Pizza

If you have been keeping up on my posts, then you probably can see where this came from and maybe even where this is headed.  If you haven't, well...check out this past post to see how to use your slow cooker to make mighty tasty pulled pork. 
Even though there were a large number of people at my place for my birthday, there was also much pulled pork left over and a person can have only so many pulled pork sandwiches before wanting to mix it up.  It went down like this:  I was done with Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches; I have an entire container still full of the meat; I am cheap and don't want to spend much money on dinner; and I was kind of craving a pizza.  Thus, my left over Hawaiian Pulled Pork became Hawaiian Pulled Pork Pizza.