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3/20/08 11:12 A

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Good to know about the pea salad. Sounds good.

I am going to try to join as often as I can. Thank you Ann.

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ANN70821 Posts: 81
3/20/08 7:37 A

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Hi, PrairieWife! I hope you join us often.

The lemon squares sound wonderful. I've got 'Make a Joyful Table' so I think I'll pick up the ingredients today and plan on making them this weekend.

Thank you for the suggestion.



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3/20/08 7:30 A

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PEA SALAD UPDATE!

I made the salad for dinner last night, and we loved it. I did make a small alteration--I didn't add the Splenda. Actually, I leave the Splenda out of a lot of Joanna's recipes because I find them too sweet.

Of course, I remember the salad from childhood--it was very popular when I was about 6 or so--and I never liked it because it was topped with Miracle Whip, which we didn't eat. We were strictly a Blue Plate mayonnaise family! (Still are, to tell the truth!)

I'll be adding chopped cooked chicken breast to the salad this summer to make it a full meal. After a hot day working in the yard this will make a very refreshing dinner.

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PRAIRIEWIFE's Photo PRAIRIEWIFE Posts: 10
3/19/08 10:42 P

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Thanks for the Welcome!

I think I am pretty much a long time fan, and just love her and her recipes.

Yes, I have all her books, (with exception of a few booklets), and all her newsletters.

There's always so many recipes to try that's for sure.

I also really used to love the lemon squares with all the fat and sugar. But, JoAnna's is pretty darn close to those. But, if you put them in the fridge then the dough gets odd. But, if you keep them out on the table, the crust is really good.

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3/19/08 10:09 P

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Welcome to this group, PRAIRIEWIFE! I hope you'll enjoy the whole Spark experience, as well as post frequently here. I used to love lemon squares with all the fat and sugar, and will have to try this recipe.

Are you a long-time JoAnna fan with all her cookbooks, etc? I only discovered her a couple of years ago, and have so many recipes I want to try.



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PRAIRIEWIFE's Photo PRAIRIEWIFE Posts: 10
3/19/08 9:05 P

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Another good Lemon Dessert would be JoAnna's Lemon Squares from Joyful Table. I love them. And they are still pretty low calorie, where you can have a lot of other things too. The crust is best kept out of the fridge though.

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3/19/08 1:39 P

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It's my very favorite salad. And it's so pretty too!



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ANN70821 Posts: 81
3/19/08 12:48 P

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I forgot about Heather's site! Thanks for the reminder.

I hopped over to Amazon this morning and picked up a used copy of both 'Cooking with Splenda' and 'Sensational Smoothies' both at a good price. With summer coming the smoothies book will be a welcome addition to the cookbook shelf!

Now I'm off to the store to get the ingredients to make the pea salad--I think I'm going to serve it with dinner tonight.

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MAGNOLIAHONEY's Photo MAGNOLIAHONEY Posts: 4,000
3/19/08 11:16 A

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Yup I always need more too! lol hahaha

just go to my site www.wolfprncez.homestead.com/reviews.html and click on Cooking Healthy With Splenda, it's on the site. :)

And I agree, daffodil carrots has truly been my favorite carrot recipe as well! And it taste like spring time!!!!!! I also like a maple syrup carrot recipe of her's, but it's more "winter" sweet potato like tasting. The daffodil carrots just scream spring! And I like them better! lol haha I would of never thought of it-the combo of oj, marmalade and carrots, but I'm glad Jo did!

Another one I thought of last night was the deviled eggs!

I love the Daddy's Deviled Eggs! They are always eaten up every where I take them!

Go to the above website, and click on Healthy Exchanges Newsletters, and then on June, and then a 2000 newsletter, Daddy's Deviled Eggs. YUMMY!

They would be so pretty with every thing else.

I was also thinking, I really think the lemon salad would be the best dessert, but also any "yellow" pies.

As in banana cream, or coconut cream/meringue.

Another that would be good is any of her strawberry rhubarb desserts! I think bright red would go well with all the colors above too. Especially if you have the yellow of the eggs, the orange of the carrots, and the green of the salad, all you would be missing is the red of strawberries! lol :)



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3/19/08 10:46 A

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Ann, if no one else posts it first, I'll get it to you this afternoon. And you're right, it seems like there's always just one more cookbook I need!

Carole in GA
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3/19/08 5:40 A

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I don't have "Cooking with Splenda" and I think that I might make the layered salad to bring to my father-in-law's house for Easter. Would one of you mind posting the recipe?

A shelf full of Joanna's cookbooks and wouldn't you know it...I need to order another one!

Thanks!

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3/19/08 12:37 A

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Thank you so much for all your suggestions and for sharing your experience, Heather. I'll read everything closely tomorrow when I'm more awake.

Our grocery store has ham and standing rib roasts on sale, so those will be our meats on Sunday. I'll only have a few hours Saturday to cook, so these recipes should work well.

Oh . . . I made the daffodil carrots tonight and they were delicious! I want to eat more carrots, but the only way I like them is sweet - and this is the best recipe I've tried so far. My newsletters only go back to 2000, so thank you for sharing.

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3/18/08 9:31 P

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Oh it's me again, I would serve some kind of Ham, I think or lamb for the main dish. But, that's just me. I would probably make it easy and just bake a bone in spiral ham, and call it a day with the other 3 dishes! :)



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MAGNOLIAHONEY's Photo MAGNOLIAHONEY Posts: 4,000
3/18/08 9:29 P

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oh one more ps in case I didn't make it clear, my YES, was in answer to Yes, it's in the Cooking Healthy With Splenda book! :)



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MAGNOLIAHONEY's Photo MAGNOLIAHONEY Posts: 4,000
3/18/08 9:28 P

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PS If you don't have a brandy glass, a trifle bowl, would also be pretty, and a way I have also served it. You can usually get one for like 8 dollars at Walmart if you don't already have one.



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3/18/08 9:25 P

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Yes and it's a beautiful salad too!

Personally some of my tips for this. I add a can of sliced water chestnuts cause I like the extra crunch, and my family always had them in it. My family also had a layer of tomatoes, but I find you can NOT make this salad the night before if you use tomatoes, and the left overs aren't so good. So now I only use tomatoes IF I know for sure it will all be eaten at the one meal. (first day I make it) However, it is beautiful in color with the tomatoes, and every one ooooohhhhhhs and ahhhhhhhhs over the tomato rose I put on top.

I also personally think it is prettier with only white cheese on top. As that is again how my family always did it. I did it Jo's way once, but I didn't think it was as pretty. (with yellow and white cheese).

I also have recently found I really like Borden's 6 italian cheese blend for this. (I really love the flavor of it!). And it is ALL white cheeses mixed together. My family's original only called for mozzerella, but it's been in my family since at least the 70's and in the midwest, mozzerella was about as safisticated as cheese got at the time! lol Now so many are available, and like I said, I have found the Borden's 6 cheese blend to be my favorite now in this salad. Plus I like the "fancy" shreds for it. (the tiny thin shreds) As I think it not only makes it prettier, it makes it seem like MORE cheese, and I like the texture better.

Another tip, of course you can use a ton of lettuce since it's pretty much 0 calories. So another way my family has made this to show off the prettiness of each layer, is use a LOT of lettuce, and the same amounts as every thing else that Jo calls for (and the water chestnuts! lol) and layer it in a brandy glass. A BIG one! You can get them at Michael's (craft store) often. My mom always used her Princess house crystal one for it though. And for her second wedding, to my step father, we made individual ones in small brandy glasses (maybe called a snuffer, but I'm not sure). And they went over well too. (it was a backyard BBQ wedding).

But, every one always is mesmorized by the beauty of this salad in a large brandy glass!



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3/18/08 5:50 P

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The daffodil carrots and lemon salad will work well. And the layered pea salad is an excellent idea, Heather. My time is kind of limited, as I've got a lot of activities leading into this weekend. Thanks for all the suggestions!

Heather, is it the "Layered Party Pea Salad" from Cooking Healthy with Splenda?

Edited by: PIANO*LADY at: 3/18/2008 (18:26)
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3/18/08 4:12 P

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I second the daffodill carrots! Also the lemon salad would go well! Especially if you do it in some kind of jello mold. I would also do the layered pea salad. (from the splenda book).



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3/18/08 2:06 P

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I am not sure what we are doing for Easter yet, so I really have not planned. I would like to make the Daffodil Carrot recipe that Heather shared with us. I think those are so yummy and would go with an Easter dinner really well.

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3/18/08 1:26 P

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Gosh, I haven't even started thinking about Easter! I guess that I need to since it's only days away now.

Of course, there's a good chance that we're going to my father-in-law's house, so I won't be cooking anyway.



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I've been away for a while due to a death in our family, and am now ready to cook again! I have some of the basics planned for Easter Sunday, but would love some of your ideas for sides, salads and desserts. Meanwhile, I'll start looking also.

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