"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~

Monday, May 3, 2010


This week in our study of the Northeastern states is Connecticut. The capital of Connecticut is Hartford. Did you know that Yankee Doodle is Connecticut's State Song? How about a fun patriotic salad recipe to go along with that song.

Connecticut Yankee Doodle Noodle Salad

12 ounces ziti rigati macaroni, cooked (about 4 1/4 cups)
2 1-ounce packages turkey jerky, cut into small bite size pieces
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 large bunch red radishes, trimmed and sliced
1 cup fresh corn kernels, blanched (or 1 cup canned kernel corn, drained)
2/3 cup Ranch style dressing
1/2 7-ounce package puffed cheese snacks (about 1-1/2 cups)
1/2 6-ounce package sour cream and onion-flavored potato chips (or BBQ) flavor, slightly crushed.
12 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered (depending on size)

Toss together cooked macaroni, turkey jerky, onion, radishes and corn. Mix with 1/2 cup of the ranch dressing. Fold in puffed cheese snacks. Scoop into an attractive salad bowl or into individual salad bowls. Drizzle with remaining ranch dressing. Top with potato chips. Garnish with a ring of cherry tomatoes. Reserve remaining puffed cheese snacks and potato chips.
Makes 6 servings

If you are from Connecticut feel free to share a recipe with us to try. I'll be back next week to share what's next in our study of the Northeastern states. Thank you for stopping by to learn along with us.

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