With These Cool Summertime Recipes
If you’re like us, you don’t like to cook and heat up your kitchen in the middle of the summer. Well, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with some cool recipe ideas that include a yummy black bean salsa appetizer, a delicious tortellini salad, plenty of dessert options and even a frozen treat for Fido. And we didn’t forget to include a refreshing sparkling cocktail.
Happy summer and enjoy!
The Aroundabout Local Media Staff
Ice Cream Sandwich Trifle
Jackie Loudin, Managing Editor
With only five ingredients, this recipe is super easy, but looks like you went to a lot of trouble. If you don’t want to bother cutting up the ice cream sandwiches, you can leave them whole and layer everything in a 9 x 11 casserole dish. Don’t bother reading the nutrition facts on any of the ingredients. It’s summertime − these calories are free!
• 24 vanilla ice cream sandwiches, unwrapped
• Large container of Cool Whip, thawed
• 1 jar of hot fudge ice cream topping
• 1 jar of caramel ice cream topping
• 1/2 cup of crushed Heath Bars
Using a sharp knife (or serrated-edged knife), cut ice cream sandwiches into eighths. Layer pieces of ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of a trifle bowl, cover with hot fudge, caramel sauce and Cool Whip. Continue with layers, ending with a top layer of Cool Whip. Sprinkle the crushed Heath Bars on top. (You can substitute crushed nuts or your favorite cookies or candy.) Cover with foil and freeze at least 30 minutes before serving.
Logan, ALM Puppy Extraordinaire
Don’t forget your favorite canine. We also love cool treats in the summertime.
• 1 4.25 ounce jar of pureed carrot baby food (or sweet potatoes)
• 1 cup of beef broth
Mix ingredients in a bowl. Pour mixture into an ice cube tray. This quantity will fill one 12-cube ice tray. Freeze until completely solid. Best served outside, since they can get messy as they melt.
Katherine Amick, Market Manager
• 1 package frozen cheese tortellini, cooked and cooled
• 1/2 cup swiss cheese, cut up into cubes
• 1/2 cup deli ham, cut up
• 1/4 cup peas, frozen and thawed
• 1/4 cup of green onions, chopped
• 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
• Ranch dressing to taste
Mix together in large bowl and add ranch dressing to your liking then refrigerate until ready to serve. Always a crowd favorite!
Key Lime Pie
Carla Caldwell, Title Editor
My daughters and I love this recipe for Key Lime Pie provided by Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice. It is easy to make and hits the spot on a hot summer day. We also make it at other times during the year. The pie is smooth and cool, and not too tart or too sweet. For a yummy – and easy – topper, try Land O’Lakes’ new Sugar-Free Whipped Heavy Cream in a can.
• 1 9-inch graham cracker pie shell.
• 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
• 3 egg yolks (egg whites not used)
• ½ cup Nellie and Joe’s Key West Lime Juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend condensed milk, egg yolks and lime juice until smooth. Pour filling into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to stand 10 minutes before refrigerating. (We leave the pie in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, if we can make it that long before slicing into it). Just before serving, top with whipped cream. Add lime slice garnish if desired.
White Peach Sangria
Patty Ponder, ALM President
• 1 750 bottle of sparkling wine like Cava or Prosecco,
or a white wine like Riesling or pinot grigio
• ¼ cup brandy or triple sec
• 2-3 tablespoons sugar
• 3-4 white peaches
• Juice from 1 lemon
Add brandy and lemon juice to the bottom of your pitcher. Cut up the peaches into cubes and add with ice. Top with Cava or Prosecco and serve immediately. You can add a little red wine at the bottom of the glass to give it a pink color.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Squares
Candi Hannigan, Executive Editor
This family favorite has become our go-to cake for birthday celebrations. It started as my son Drew’s choice that the others have adopted, but now it’s hard to keep it reserved for once-a-year occasions! It’s important to freeze after each step, so the layers stay separated. And I always double the recipe for the chocolate topping – extra fudgey is always a good thing!
• 30 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
• ¼ cup butter, melted
• Half-gallon mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
• 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
• ½ cup sugar
• 1 ½ (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1 12-ounce carton Cool Whip, thawed
• 1 cup chopped pecans
Combine cookies and ¼ cup butter. Press into a lightly greased 13-x9-x-2 inch pan, and freeze. Combine evaporated milk and next three ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan – consider doubling this part! Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Cook, stirring constantly, 3-4 minutes or until mixture thickens. Cool to room temperature. Spread ice cream over the top of the cookie crumbs, and let freeze. Spread chocolate mixture over top of the ice cream, and freeze again. Top with Cool Whip and sprinkle pecans over top. Store in the freezer until about a half hour before serving.
Black Bean Salsa
Laura Latchford, Page Designer
• 2 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 14-ounce can corn, drained
• 2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
• 1 large avocado, peeled and diced
• 1 small onion, diced
• 1/8 to 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• Salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Cover and chill overnight. Taste and add salt, pepper or more lime juice as necessary. Serve with tortilla chips as an appetizer, or with grilled chicken breast as a meal.
Homemade Ice Cream
Christy Deese, Market Support Associate
These recipes are to be used with an electric ice cream maker.
They are favorites at our house.
Vanilla Ice Cream
• 2 Tbsp vanilla flavoring
• 2 cans evaporated milk
• 2 cups of sugar
Pour all ingredients into an electric ice cream maker, then add milk last to the fill line of the container. Freeze.
Chocolate Ice Cream
• Half-gallon chocolate milk
• 1 regular container Cool Whip
• 1 can sweet condensed milk
Mix together in electric ice cream maker and freeze.