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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Tangy Bacon Cheddar Pea Salad

Tangy Bacon Cheddar Pea Salad
I always loved a Tangy Pea Salad when I was growing up. All the sweet peas that burst open with every bite are a summer staple to me..

My kids not so much.. They love the peas and tangy dressing, but would be ok without the rest. I should have made them a deconstructed Pea Salad, with Bacon and Cheddar optional.. One picked out all the bacon, and another the cheddar cheese cubes..lol..

I always use frozen sweet peas to make pea salad, since they always retain their shape so nicely, with a soft creamy center.  I made my dressing a little lighter using non-fat greek yogurt. I prefer to make Tangy Bacon Cheddar Pea Salad a few hours in advance to allow the flavors to mingle in the fridge.

There's probably a million different Pea Salad recipes, but here's how I made the recipe:

Creamy Parmesan Veggie Pasta Salad

Creamy Parmesan Veggie Pasta Salad
The first time I made this Creamy Parmesan Veggie Pasta Salad I was worried one of the kids would point out the fact I had loaded it with lots of veggies including summer squash and zucchini. I might have even been holding my breath waiting to be called out on it, but one by one they cleaned their plates, before asking for more.

I've made some kind of Pasta Salad variation at least 4 times in the last week, and we still aren't tired of it. Colt helped me make it for my Sister-in-laws gorgeous wedding, and then she requested it again for the 4th of July... Mmm.. Plus we had it with some cold Extra Crispy Fried Chicken one night, and then once more just because.

I still could contently live on Creamy Parmesan Veggie Pasta Salad the rest of the summer for lunch, and dinner.

Make it! Eat it! You'll LOVE it! 

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli or Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole is an easy to make dish perfect for an easy to prep ahead dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas and always a favorite. serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com

Cheesy Broccoli Casseroles a favorite side in our house even though technically this is a Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole because I only had 1 head of broccoli and had to use the cauliflower in it's place but the kids always know it by Cheesy Broccoli Casserole so we are sticking with the familiar name for sanity's sake because otherwise they will grill me for the next 30 minutes on what exactly it is I am making and planning to feed them.

And by them I mean mainly Mas because he's taken a sudden interest in trying his best to be a picky eater at the ripe old age of 10 but so far I am still winning the battle. He forgets he has 2 older siblings and I've already been through this. Like when Lorna was little and told me she didn't like mushrooms. So I would put shiitake mushrooms in soup and tell her they were calamari and she gobbled them up without a complaint! 

After a few months I told her the truth of my evil ways and she loved mushrooms ever since. Even LJ who has all these rules around when he will and won't eat cheese devours this one with pleasure, I think he categorizes this in the Macaroni and Cheese family so all is good! 

The kids always put in a request for this side since the broccoli or broccoli and cauliflower dependent on what's happening in the fridge is covered in glorious velvety cheese sauce and a crunchy panko topping. And by velvety cheese sauce I'm not talking about that plastic like Velveeta stuff.

It's all about Sharp Cheddar and in this case Sharp White Cheddar because it's what I had in the fridge but Medium Cheddars A-OK in my book too or even better Gruyere, the cheesy goodness possibilities are endless.

I love this dish for the holidays because I can assemble the Cheesy Broccoli Casserole ahead of time omitting the panko topping until it's ready to be baked. I strongly suggest you make this one sometime soon! 
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