Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad and Barbecued Chicken

By Mike Jackson

If you haven't been to Hawaii, you are missing out! You have to go, even if you just go for the food. My absolute favorite dishes are Hawaiian Macaroni Salad and Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken. You're in luck, I have both recipes here:

Here are the ingredients you will need: 3 Cups Macaroni Pasta, 1/4 Cup (grated) Carrots, 1 Cup Mayonnaise, Black Pepper (to taste), Salt (to taste), 1/4 Cup Milk. Short list of ingredients, right?

Here are the directions you will follow for your delicious Hawaiian Mac Salad:

1. Cook macaroni for 8-9 minutes, drain and rinse under running cold water.

2. Add grated carrots, mayonnaise, and milk till well coated. Salt & Pepper to taste. Use more mayonnaise if needed.

3. Chill in refrigerator, when ready to serve you may want to add more mayonnaise (i love mayo, so i add it).

4. Tip: If you desire, you can add ham, peas, or boiled eggs.

Why stop with Hawaiian Macaroni Salad? Make some delicious Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken for an awesome picnic. Here is a simple recipe for Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken:

Ingredients: 1 12 ounce jar of Apricot Jam, 1 (8 oz.) bottle Kraft Russian Salad Dressing with Honey Russian Dressing, 1 envelop Onion Soup (Dry - Packaged), Whole Chicken.

Cooking Directions: Put the chicken pieces in a pyrex flat pan. Combine preserves, salad dressing and soup mix. Pour over chicken and bake at 300'F for 2 1/2 hours. Baste often during baking.

Here are some picnic tips:

1. When you go to a fast food restaurant they always give you too many condiments. Keep the extra condiments in a drawer in your kitchen, just for use on picnics! It'll save a lot of room in your cooler or insulated food compartment.

2. Help your thermos keep food cold or hot longer: For hot food, place the thermos in boiling water just long enough to heat it up well, then fill it (carefully - be sure to let it cool down enough to the touch so it won't burn your skin). For cold contents you could place it in the freezer, or in some ice before packing.

3. Recycle your plastic bags from the grocery store for use as garbage bags on picnics.

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