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As spring approaches, Dee Dee preps garden, shares recipes

Taco salad is a sure crowd pleaser.
Taco salad is a sure crowd pleaser. Getty Images

We keep trying out salad dressings because we love eating raw organic greens. I think we have made two new dressings that are both easy and delicious! One is over our taco salad.

I was asked to donate a dish for a fundraiser. I chose an easy recipe - a quiche - and to my surprise it sold quickly. I made it the morning of a lunch event. Included was a nice pie plate, a copy of the recipe and it was wrapped in clear wrap with a pretty bow on top.

Daylilies are real troopers, they came through all the snow and ice and still look fantastic. Even the potted ones look very nice. I can't wait to get those planted in a new spring garden space.

Thompson's Thousand Island Dressing

Try this over a wedge of head (Iceberg) lettuce.

▪ 1 cup Miracle Whip

▪ 1 cup ketchup

▪ 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish

▪ 1 small jar (2 ounces) pimentos-chopped

▪ 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1. Mix all ingredients together, combining them well. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Adjust the relish and chili powder to your taste.

Dee Dee's Taco Salad

▪ 1 pound lean ground round or ground beef

▪ 1 small onion-diced

▪ 2 tomatoes-diced

▪ 2 avocados-diced

▪ 1 can red kidney beans-drained (or use drained black beans)

▪ 1 can black olives-chopped

▪ 1 pound medium or sharp cheddar cheese-grated

▪ 1 large head romaine lettuce

▪ Package of Doritos taco chips (or your favorite brand)

Dressing:

▪ 1 cup mayonnaise (We use Duke's or Hellman's)

▪ 1/8 cup vinegar (We like red wine vinegar.)

▪ 1 Tablespoon cumin

▪ 1/4 cup ketchup

▪ Dash of Tabasco

▪ Dash of Worcestershire

1. In a skillet on medium heat, brown the meat and then drain it.

2. Combine the drained meat in a bowl with all other ingredients.

3. Pour over the dressing.

4. Crush one bag of Doritos taco chips and add it to the salad, mixing well.

Serve on a bed of lettuce or over a flat fried corn taco.

The Sausage Quiche

This makes two pies.

▪ 1 pound sausage-cooked, drained and broken into small pieces

▪ 2 cups grated sharp cheese

▪ 2 cups sour cream

▪ 4 eggs-beaten

1. Beat eggs and add all other ingredients.

2. Mix and pour into TWO 9-inch pie shells which were partially baked for 5 minutes (at 325 degrees), before filling.

3. After filling, bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 degrees for about 40 minutes.

If you want a spicy quiche, try mixing 1/2 pound hot sausage with 1/2 pound regular.

These can be frozen.

I hope everyone is really thinking spring because it's just right around the corner. My seeds are ordered and are on their way; and it's been fun browsing the catalogs as I enjoy looking at all the pictures of flowers that will be adorning our gardens in the month or so. I ordered dwarf cannas which did so well in pots around the pool last summer. They were pretty, colorful and tropical looking. They kept their blooms so long and saved me from having to fill the pots with more expensive annuals a couple more times during the growing season.

If you haven't been out looking at nurseries and big box stores, this is a great time to get the fertilizers ready, maybe buy new garden gloves, sprinklers, hoses and supplies. Take a peek at all the new items arriving daily.

Have another great week in Parker County.

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