side dishes for the holiday weekend
The guys have big plans for working on our front porch over the holiday weekend while I plant some flowers at the cemetery. I am making a menu now, thinking we need a fridge full of great side dishes and fresh fruit to go along with the grilling I hope to pull off. These men need delicious meals to keep them inspired! I have shared the rotini and baked bean recipes before but they seem to belong in this line-up!
Black Bean Salsa Salad
I kept seeing versions of this on Pinterest and whipped up my own recipe. Seriously, it may be the most delicious thing I have ever eaten in my entire life! It keeps getting better as the flavors blend in the fridge and it will be perfect with grilled chicken for fajitas.
2 cans black beans, drained
1 can chopped tomatoes in garlic and olive oil, not drained
6 Roma tomatoes, chopped (will probably use all fresh tomatoes once they are in season here)
5 fresh ears of sweet corn, boiled and cut off the cobs
1 medium to large red onion, finely chopped
2 TBS. minced garlic
½ cup chopped cilantro
½ cup olive oil
Juice of 2 limes
Salt to taste
Mix all together and store in air tight container in fridge. Best if allowed to chill well so the flavors blend. You can also add cubes avocado before serving if desired.
Mama’s Potato Salad
Extra good served with grilled burgers or homemade fried chicken!
5 pounds red potatoes
1 dozen hard boiled eggs
2 cups mayonnaise
½ cup prepared yellow mustard
Salt to taste
Boil potatoes I skin, cool, peel. Cut into 1 inch cubes.
Mix first 5 ingredients together, adjusting for more mustard or mayo if preferred.
Place in serving bowl, sprinkle with paprika. Cover with plastic wrap and chill well.
The name does not lie!!
1 7# can pork and beans, drained, reserving 1 cup liquid
2 pounds hickory smoked bacon, fried, reserving grease
1 large onion, finely minced
2 TBS. garlic, minced in oil
1 large green pepper, finely chopped
½ to ¾ cup prepared mustard ( taste to see if it is too tart)
2 pounds brown sugar
Place beans in large casserole dish. Fry bacon, reserving grease. Crumble when cool and add to beans. In grease, fry onions, garlic, and peppers until translucent. Over low heat, dissolve brown sugar and mustard in same skillet, stirring until all are well mixed. Pour over beans and mix well. If mixture is too dry, add some of the reserved liquid from the beans. Bake in slow oven, about 300 degrees, for 3 hours or until the top is slightly browned and the liquid is absorbed. (You may need to turn up the heat.) You can add brats if you want to make this a main dish meal.
Linda’s Rotini Salad
My friend, Linda, who passed away many years ago, created this delicious recipe and shared it with me. I think of her fondly every time I serve it.
1# rotini pasta cooked al dente and well drained
1 small jar salad olives with all the brine
1 can black olives with all the juice
1 large red onion chopped
1 large red pepper chopped
1 large green pepper chopped
1 large cucumber chopped
½ cup olive oil
Toss all ingredients together, mix well. Chill for several hours before serving.
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1.We must acknowledge that we are all sinners. “For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6) and “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
2.We are all accountable for our own sins before God. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)
3.There is only one way to be forgiven of these sins and that is through the blood of Jesus Christ. “Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
4.If we confess our sin to the Lord and repent of it (not allow it to rule in our lives) we can be forgiven and be in right standing with God. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousenss.” (1 John 1:9)
5.Genuine salvation will result in living lives of good works but none of those works contribute in any way to our standing before God which is based solely and completely on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10:12) and “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5) and “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
6.We all, men and women, boys and girls, have direct access to the throne of grace because everyone who is a born-again believer in Jesus Christ is called a “priest and king” in God’s economy. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)
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