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Monday, July 25, 2011

Dessert First! Summer Recipes - Tonights Dinner Plate

It was actually cool enough for me to feel like cooking dinner and to be hungry enough to eat it...

This is what was on our Dinner Plate tonight!

Dessert First
Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
Super simple and whips up in no time

You can use a store bought graham cracker crust if you wish..

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
6 TBSP melted butter

Mix together and press into a pie in freezer while you prepare the filling

Pie Filling
1 - 8 oz. pkg cream cheese softened
1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 - 8 oz. tub whipped topping

With mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth, then add sugar and mix until blended.  Add peanut butter, mix, then add the whipped topping and mix some more.  Once filling is smooth and creamy, spread into prepared crust.  Freeze for about 2 hours, take out 5-10 minutes before serving.  I topped mine with chocolate syrup.

Garden Tomato Salad
This is one of those a pinch of this and a dash of that recipes

1 - 2 tomatoes
Mozzarella Cheese
Fresh or Dried Basil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Wine Vinegar
Salt & Pepper

Cut tomato into bite sized pieces, cube cheese, place in bowl.  If using fresh basil, give leaves a rough chop, if using dried give tomatoes and cheese add about 1 1/2 tsp. more or less to taste.  Add enough olive oil to coat, a splash of vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.  Toss together lightly, refrigerate.

Grilled Garden Fish

Once again, no exact measurements (sorry it's the way I cook, LOL)

1 pkg of Frozen Pollock or Haddock Fillets
(usually about 6 small fillets)
1 Green Pepper sliced
1 Med. Onion sliced
Chopped Tomato (I like, DH don't)
Old Bay Seasoning
Mozzarella Cheese (sliced thinly)
Aluminum Foil

Lay out a generous sized piece of foil, I put two fillets per grillin' pack.  A few shakes of Old Bay Seasoning atop the fillets.  Add onions, peppers, tomatoes and 3-4 pats of margarine.

More Old Bay Seasoning for me and a pinch of Black Pepper.  Fold foil into a tightly sealed packet.  Preheat grill to 350 degrees, place packets on grill for about 6 minutes per side, turn grill off when done.  Open packets, place sliced mozzarella cheese on cooked fish, close grill lid till melted.


I make this in the oven too, but not in the summer.

Hope you find something that looks appetizing!  Summer cooking is all about not heating the house up to me.  No, .......I can't take the heat in the kitchen, so I grill! hehe



  1. all of this looks soooo are making me hungry.;) need to go and fix dinner..;)

  2. These look yummo, Traci!! But, you know....the first one I'm gonna try is the frozen peanut butter pie! Wish it didn't have to chill so long!! Thanks for sharing! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  3. Traci,
    I'm a junk food addict ~ I think I'm going for the peanut butter pie!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Prim Blessings

  4. It all sounds delish! Thanks for sharing -- I will have to try it...... (have made a tomato salad similar to your's - love it!!)

  5. Very nice Traci:) A healthy meal indeed.

  6. Hi Traci~

    That fish looks delish!! That is one recipe I think my family will actually eat!! Thanks for sharing.



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