Friday, June 27, 2008


This recipe came about because of all the tomatoes I have coming out of the garden. I am trying to find ways of using them. It is a change from my regular macaroni salad and Billy really liked it.

2 cups cooked macaroni
2 large tomatoes, chopped
Cheddar cheese, cut in small cubes( any amount that you like, I used 4 ounces)
2 or 3 chopped green onions
1 &1/2 cups mayonnaise or more,,depends on how wet you like it
2 boiled eggs,,chopped
Bacon bits,,,as many you would like,,,I use 1/4 of one of the small jars
1 level TBS of Italian salad dressing, the dry kind in the envelope
1 level TBS of Ranch, Buttermilk dressing,,the dry kind in the envelope
Salt and pepper

Cook macaroni as directed on package, drain and cool. Mix with the rest of the ingredients. Add Mayo to macaroni mixture; toss lightly. Chill and serve.

This makes enough for around 8 servings as a side dish,,,,, it keeps well and makes a great lunch or snack. I think it actually taste better the next day. You can of course, leave out the salad dressing mixes, if you like a less spicy dish, it will still be good.

Another bonus to this dish, is it gives me a reason for showing off my pretty Jadite bowl. Now the bowl is mine, unlike that beautiuful pitcher there. I wish I owned it. It is really hard to capture the pretty color of the bowl with my cheapie camera but I gave it a try. My Sister in law collects Jadite but I only have a few pieces. I remember Mama putting her potato salad in a big Jadite bowl. I have one exactly like hers but I wish I had hers. It was broken a long time ago by two little kids who should have known better than to walk on their Tom walkers in the house. : )

Back when it was produced, Jadite was by no means considered fine china. On the contrary, Jadite “Restaurant Ware” (as it was called) was produced very cheaply and in mass quantities, and it outfitted military bases, school cafeterias, and diners at the time because its durability was unmatched by clay or porcelain dishware.
Anchor Hocking also manufactured less heavy patterns of Jadite for use in the home, and this was often given away in sets as part of promotions in drug stores and department stores. You know, something like, “Buy your linens here at Ricardo's department Store and get a fifty-piece set of Jadite for free!”

It was also given out at service stations as a bonus for buying your gas there. It's a toss up which is worth more today,,,that set of Jadite or the gas!!! Mama wasn't upset at all. She was more upset about the potato salad on the floor. Times do change!


smilnsigh said...

So true! Toss up which is worth more... the Jadite or the gas. -grin-

And ahhhh yes, Anchor Hocking. Are they still around? Hven't heard that name in a while.

Recipe looks yummy but, I'm Lactose Intolerant so I cant' handle cheese. Or the deeeeeelicious Ranch dressing. Oh sigh. Some things like Ranch dressing, are hard to leave behind.

But but in the short time since finding i was truly LI {by testing} my quality of life has been so much better, without lactose in my life!!! That mostly, I'm just happy. :-)

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Eve said...

Here is a link for a dariy free ranch dressing. I haven't tried it, but it may be worth a try.