{Italian} creamy pasta salad:: “Must Try” summer recipes

by Edie Wadsworth on May 23, 2012


My friend Jen is hosting a ‘must try’ recipes contest today with 8 other bloggers.  This week is such perfect timing since we’ll all be trying to think of new and tasty recipes to make for our Memorial Day cookouts!    The contest lasts for 24 hours and you can only comment once.  I’d be so thankful if you’d ever so kindly take the time to vote.  Maybe I’ll even post an video of my  Tammy Wynette car karaoke.  Or  a hitch kick video?  But either of those options that might be scary for small children and anyone with a heart condition.   Either way, I’d be so happy if you voted by commenting :)
creamy pasta salad
As many of you know, I’m growing a little garden.  My precious, sweet, beautiful little garden.   It makes me so happy! And I’ve been dying to harvest some herbs. So when Jen emailed me about participating in this fun recipe contest, I knew right away that my basil would finally have its moment to shine.

So, here’s the recipe:

1/2 large box (16 oz) of shells pasta (or any other similar sized pasta)—cooked to al dente and drained

1 container of grape tomatoes, sliced in half and sautéed in olive oil 

4 cloves of garlic, minced and sautéed in olive oil

1 T. balsamic vinegar, added to the tomatoes and garlic after they’ve sautéed a couple minutes

1 container of Philadelphia cooking creme, italian cheese and herb

12 leaves of basil, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Saute the tomatoes and garlic together for about 5 minutes and then add the balsamic vinegar and sauté 1 more minute.  Let this mixture and the pasta cool before adding the additional ingredients.

Garnish with a few handfuls of shredded parmesan cheese.

Serve chilled with your favorite BBQ main dish!

Please visit the other bloggers for great recipes ideas for the weekend!

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars – Saving Dollars and Sense
Creamy Potato Salad – Mommy Hates Cooking
Southwest Chicken Salad – My Home Sweet Home
Creamy Bacon and Tomato Potato Salad – Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Creamy BLT Pasta Salad with Pesto Sauce – 4Tunate
Shrimp Campanelle Salad – The Peaceful Mom
Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip – Saving with Shellie
Philly Creamy Deviled Eggs – Smockity Frocks

 And thanks Jen, for hosting this party and inviting me to cook with y’all!

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1 Melissa May 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

I have seen these at our local grocery store but have not yet dared to try one. The main reason being, I just did not know what to do with it. I will have to give your recipe a try. It looks easy and yummy!

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2 Jillian May 23, 2012 at 9:36 am

This looks amazing! I will add it to the menu list this week and cannot (like you) wait to make use of some fresh herbs from my garden. :) Thank you Edie! Have a great day!

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3 the domestic fringe May 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

Mmmm…this looks wonderful! Everything you make is delicious.
~FringeGirl

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4 Tammara@ Whisper of Grace May 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

MMM! I’m going to try this one for our next BBQ. PS – love your kitchen garden!

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5 Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less May 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

Yum!

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6 Gina Williams May 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

This recipe sounds great. I might just try it while we are camping this weekend! Thanks Sissy!

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7 Christi {Jealous Hands} May 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

It sound delicious! We love pasta salad, so I will definitely be trying this!

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8 Susan May 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

sounds so good!

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9 Martha Hjorth May 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

yum, know this will be a crowd pleaser! Keep these keepers coming!
happy harvesting in your dear garden!

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10 Marie at The Lazy W May 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

Making it THIS WEEKEND. Looks fresh and delish. And **yay** for harvesting herbs!! : )

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11 MaryOK May 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

This looks so yummy!!

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12 Dave DeAngelis May 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

I think the Italian Creamy Pasta Salad sounds delicious and we intend to make it this weekend! Thanks, Edie!

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13 Randa May 23, 2012 at 9:57 am

This sounds fabulous :)

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14 Lorie May 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

This will probably be like your soup recipes- one of my favorites!
I have fresh basil growing too!
Be blessed!
Lorie

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15 jennybc May 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

Sounds really good. I like having a cold idea with the cooking creme!

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16 Alecia Shannon May 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

This sounds AMAZING!!! Gonna have to try this…Good luck!!!

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17 Suzanne May 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

I want to see the videos! Oh, and that salad looks fantastic!

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18 Donna May 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

This will be perfect for Memorial Day weekend party!!

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19 Dee' May 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

Sounds Yummy!!! I hope you win :-)

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20 deb c. May 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

this says SUMMER and really looks great. already have the tomatoes, basil + pasta, so i’m on my way. happy memorial day weekend!

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21 Rev. Rod Zwonitzer May 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

This looks like one of my favorites, a classic Caprese Salad of mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and sea salt, but this one made into salad with the Italian Creme Cheese doing the syncretistic delight thing!

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22 laura May 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

looks so yummy!

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23 Diane May 23, 2012 at 10:46 am

I am going to try this recipe this weekend, it looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing and good luck. xoxo

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24 Francis May 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

This looks so good! I usually don’t like stuff in pasta salads but everything in this one sounds delicious! I will for sure try it…soon. :-)

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25 Lisa Graves May 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

I can’t wait to try your pasta salad! Thanks for sharing.

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26 Laarni May 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

I can’t wait to try this. Yum!!

PS. I hope you win!

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27 Vickie May 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

This looks delicious! We are about to leave for the beach and this looks like it would be a great easy side. I am going to give it a try!

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28 Kate May 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

I’d try it! I’d leave out the minced garlic, just because that always makes my stomach ache, but everything else sounds yummy!
kate

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29 Melissa R May 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

Looks yummy! I agree with one of the previous commenters that the Philly looked delicious, I just didn’t know what to do with it. If it’s got tomatoes and basil, I’m in!

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30 Ellie May 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

Edie it looks yummy. So excited, a new recipe and just in time as I have a cookout in a few weeks. Thanks!

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31 Sara May 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

This looks amazing I can’t wait to try it, I love pasta dishes and this sound just delicious!

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32 Amy May 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

It looks yummy. I will have to try tho

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33 Sarah M May 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

Sounds yummy, but what is cooking creme?

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34 Melissa May 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

It looks delicious. I will definitely make this soon.

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35 Jennifer May 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Mmm! Sounds delish and I have some fresh basil growing :)

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36 Leslie May 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Looks like a wonderful salad – I will have to try it sometime. Thanks Edie!

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37 Dawn May 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Also have some basil growing and love pasta salad. Thanks so much. I printed out the recipe and am excited to try it.

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38 chrissi May 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm

We will make this salad this weekend. Thanks!

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39 Kathy May 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

This sounds delicious! Must try!

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40 Nicole May 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Yum!! Easy, fresh, delicious!

Do you mean 1/2 of a 16oz box of pasta? I’m assuming yes…!

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41 katey May 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Your recipes always looks so good and make me want to try them. This one is no exception!

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42 Joanne May 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

This looks yummy!!

I do hope you win!!

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43 Suzanne Mitchell May 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Saved again by an Edie recipe – can’t wait to try this one! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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44 Jamie Knoxville May 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Ats about the best I’ve ever eat.

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45 Melissa May 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Looks delicious! I will have to experiment with this one!

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46 Kristen @ Joyfullythriving May 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Oh, that looks like a good combo! I’m ready for my garden fresh veggies, too!

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47 KKN May 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Should be named EYE-talian pasta to really make it yours!

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48 Michele May 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm

This was a bad week to give up carbs. Maybe I can just add 15 more cloves of garlic and no one will know.

xoxo michele

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49 Sherry May 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Sounds delicious, will be trying this one!!

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50 Stacy May 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Im always looking for new recipes–this will be on the table this Memorial Day!

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51 Laurie May 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Yummy! I’ll be making this on Sunday! {Italian} creamy pasta salad for the win!

Thanks bunches for sharing!

-Laurie

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52 Christine May 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Sounds simple and perfect for summer!

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53 Ruth May 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Miss Edie- this creamy pasta salad sounds so yummy. I will have to get the ingredients and add this to the weekend’s menu. My parent’s are celebrating their anniversary and I think they will love it.
Hope you win. Would love to see some Tammy Wynette car karaoke. No one could do it better than you.
Ruth

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54 Kaye @House on Oak May 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Looks awesome Edie!! Can’t wait to try it!!

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55 Christy G May 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I can’t wait to try this! Just in time for Memorial Day weekend!

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56 Bob Myers May 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Looks very tasty, this weekend will be the perfect time to make it for the first time. Thanks Edie!

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57 Deanna May 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Sounds yummy!!

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58 Brian May 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Sounds great!

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59 Marcus Carpenter May 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

This looks great. We will have to make this recipe this weekend.

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60 annita Rowland May 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Looks super delicious and simple to prepare. I am on it this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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61 Vanessa May 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Thanks for sharing. I will have to give it a try soon! =)

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62 Terry A. May 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I’ll vote for you. I want to see that karaoke video! LOL

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63 Wanda Martin May 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm

So many of your recipes are my new “go to” recipes… this one looks like another great one!
Thanks for sharing and spicing up my families life!!!

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64 Barbara May 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Looks awesome!

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65 sheri May 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

looks great – thanks for sharing :)

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66 Susan May 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Potato salad was requested at my Great Niece’s birthday party on Saturday – think I’ll surprise everyone and make this instead. Looks delicious and no meat will certainly work since her grandmother is a vegetarian.

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67 Lena May 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Can always use another recipe.

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68 Jessica May 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Looks great!!!!

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69 Scott May 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm

This recipe brings out the Scottish in me … or was it Mediterranean. :-) Sounds very tasty. Bring on the karaoke.

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70 Willimina May 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Yummy!

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71 Patti Jensen May 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

LOVE Pasta Salad! Thanks so much for sharing! Might have to try this weekend!

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72 Dana May 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Looks yummy! I’ll try it

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73 Dana May 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

This looks awesome! Will have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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74 Willimina May 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Quick and easy. I’ll try it tomorrow night.

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75 robyn robinson May 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Looks delicious!!!

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76 Eleanor May 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Great recipe for work events. Thanks!

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77 Bob Myers May 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm

This could be the most popular menu item of the weekend, lot’s of Facebook interest.

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78 Debra May 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I love pasta! Your recipe sounds yummy! Hope to fins time to try it! Good luck!

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79 Bob Myers May 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Besides, everyone wants to see karaoke!

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80 Angela May 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Looks YUMMY!! Great for a weekend get-together!
~Angela

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81 Sandy May 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Looks great and easy…gonna try for Memorial Day!

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82 Manda May 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Super yummy! I can’t wait to try it!!

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83 Steve May 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Looks yummy!

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84 Kelly May 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

It sounds yummy and simple- my kind of salad! :)

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85 Jenni May 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Yum! I’ve been looking for a pasta salad recipe to make this weekend.

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86 Connie May 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Sounds great Edie. I would vote for you anytime :)

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87 Cindy @ Creating at Home May 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

This salad looks so delicious! I love making salads all summer long.

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88 Julie May 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Looks delish! Hope you win :)

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89 Sue May 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Looks scrumptious Ms. Edie…perfect for Memorial Day picnics!!!

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90 Debbie May 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm

This salad looks yummy..perfect for summer!

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91 Patty May 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm

A bit of Philly makes everything better :)

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92 Lelia Miller May 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Looks yummy! Hope you win, Edie! =)

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93 melissa stover May 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

i won’t be eating that.

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94 Cindy Mavros May 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

You’ve got my vote! I hope you win!

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95 Tabitha May 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Love pasta salad of any kind. PS My mom told me to vote. She loves Tammy Wynette!

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96 Christie Long May 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

This will be something great to try for my holiday cookout this weekend.

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97 Sue May 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

This sounds yummy – we’ll try it for our Memorial Day cookout!

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98 emily freeman May 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm

this looks delish, ms. edie!!

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99 Cassidy May 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm

This looks so summery and yummy! I’ll “pin” it to make soon.

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100 Vanessa May 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Looks delicious!! Can’t wait to try it this weekend!!

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101 Laurie May 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Looks delish! Can’t wait to try this!

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102 Karla May 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Looks yummy!!!!

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103 Vanessa May 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Looks delicious!! Can’t wait to try this weekend.

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104 Chesnye May 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm

God luck Edie!!

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105 sara May 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Looks awesome! I have it on the docket for next week!

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106 Polly May 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

looks delicious!!

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107 Chelsea May 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Sounds yummy…will keep this in mind for the next potluck! Looks pretty too!

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108 Shan May 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Looks Good!!!

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109 Robin Bailey May 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Making out the shopping list….must try : )

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110 BeckyAnn May 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Looks delicious! I can hardly wait to try this one.

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111 Corey May 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Miss Edie~ I found your blog back during your 31 days series when Nester made the video for you. I have been stalking you since. On days that I am looking for decorating ideas, I hang out on your blog. On days that I need encouragement, I hang out on your blog. On days that I need a good giggle, I hang out on your blog. On the days that I want to find a good recipe… you see where this is going, right? The impact that you have on your stalkers lives is not measurable. I refuse to believe that I am the only one that thinks so! THANK YOU for always keeping it real! And, I do hope that you win this little competition!!!

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112 rebecca d May 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Yum! I have been looking for a new summer salad recipe!

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113 Laura May 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Love love your recipes !!!

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114 Vicki May 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm

This sounds and looks amazing!

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115 Helen May 24, 2012 at 1:21 am

Looks yummy going to try this summer.

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116 Faye May 24, 2012 at 1:28 am

yummy1

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117 Beth May 24, 2012 at 5:42 am

Sounds wonderful! I think I will give it a try at my Memorial Day get-together on Monday!

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118 Amy May 24, 2012 at 6:35 am

Sounds great! Cant wait to try it, thanks.

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119 Michelle S May 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

Always looking for a good summertime side dish. This looks yummy…and easy!

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120 Becky May 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

One Word: YUMMY!!!! I can’t wait to try this.

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121 tara lowry May 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

you’ve got my vote…now bring on your tammy wynette and your hitch kick.

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122 Kristen July 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Looks so good!! How many does this recipe serve?

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