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How to Turn Store-Bought Potato Salad from Blah to Amazing

Here's a potato salad time-saver for you just in time for summer cookouts.  When you need a quick potato salad, and no time to make one from scratch, that ordinary store-bought potato salad you have in your refrigerator can go from blah to amazing in just a few minutes with just a few ingredients. There's no judgment here. We don't always have the time to make a potato salad from scratch. Sometimes it is just easier to stop by your local grocery store to pick up a container of the store-made potato salad. It's good. It's predictable.  It will do.  All it needs is a little doctoring. How to Make Store-Bought Potato Salad Better Take Your Potato Salad from Blah to AH-Mazing! What should you do if you want that store-bought potato salad to have a little more flavor? You're going to a potluck picnic or you are having people over for an impromptu barbecue and you'd like your potato salad to be a little special. There is no need to fret.  A

Swordfish Puttanesca Pasta Bowl

Pasta Puttanesca is one of those dishes that you either like or don't like. That's because the flavors are robust and in your face. I'm hoping you're a fan of big flavors.  For today's recipe, I'm making a pasta bowl with swordfish and green beans. This is a combination that is healthy and satisfying. If you make it, please post a picture on my Just One Donna Facebook page . Swordfish Puttanesca Pasta Bowl A Robust Swordfish Puttanesca Pasta Bowl Do you love olives?  This recipe is for you. You'll want to use a mix of flavorful olives like you can get from the deli at your grocery store.  I love a mixture of robust green and kalamata olives Do you love capers? This recipe is for you. Do you love a little heat in your food?  It's in here.  If you don't like heat leave the crushed red pepper out, or add a little more if you want more heat. Do you love swordfish?  Yep, it's in here, but if not, add shrimp or chicken. Finally, I've added fresh

Two Make Ahead Freezer Recipes

You might think from all the recipes you see posted on Just One Donna that cooking is my favorite thing to do.  I like to cook when I have the time to devote to my favorite recipes, but I have a lot going on in my life, and time to cook is often sacrificed. When I'm pressed for time, cooking frustrates me. Does this sound like you? I am committed to preparing as much of what we eat myself.  I believe that you should know what goes into the food you put in your body. That means that we seldom eat prepared foods and restaurant meals are only occasional.  This means that when I am pressed for time, I turn to my freezer.  The two meals you will always find in my freezer, ready to heat and serve, are my Italian Stuffed Peppers and my Easy Freezer Chicken Parmesan. Two Make Ahead Meals Your Family will Love Our Two Favorite Freezer Dinners Get the Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe:   Italian Stuffed Peppers Get the Chicken Parmesan Recipe:   Freezer Chicken Parmesan How

Tasty Turkey Meatloaf

Meatloaf is definitely on my list of comfort foods and turkey meatloaf is no exception. You might think turkey meatloaf is dry and bland.  Not this recipe. Give this ground turkey meatloaf recipe a try and I think you'll agree with me. A Tasty Turkey Meatloaf Recipe My Favorite Turkey Meatloaf What makes a really good meatloaf recipe? #1 The meatloaf must be easy to make.  This recipe is very easy to assemble. #2 The meatloaf must be moist and tender.  This recipe delivers. #3 The meatloaf must be good in a sandwich the next day. Yes, this recipe makes a yummy sandwich. The keys to this meatloaf recipe's yumminess are the addition of chopped onion and chopped red, yellow, or orange pepper, which helps to keep the meatloaf moist as well as add flavor.    Using seasoned stuffing mix instead of plain breadcrumbs adds more flavor. There are other flavor enhancers, too, but the onion, pepper, and stuffing mix take the meatloaf over the top for flavor.  Can you make

How to Make a Face Mask

This week I worked out a pattern for making a cloth face mask. This mask is easy to make and comfortable to wear. How to Make a Fabric Face Mask You can watch a video on my Facebook page or follow the steps below. The Materials List The highlighted links are affiliate links.  We receive compensation when you shop using these links. Here’s what you need per face mask: 1 piece of fabric 9” x 16” 2 -18” lengths of 1/4-3/8” bias tape, or ribbon, or elastic tape for the ties Straight pins Thread A needle if you’ll sew by hand A sewing machine if you have one Scissors Iron You want to choose a washable fabric with a close weave. I like using white, cotton sheet fabric, but choose a fabric with a print to make a fashion statement. Using a sewing machine makes the assembly quicker but you can make one completely by hand as long as you can sew a straight stitch. Step 1 Cut your fabric into a 9 x 16-inch rectangle. Fold the two short sides t

Shrimp and Grits

They say that crazy times call for drastic measures but sometimes all you need is a little comfort food.  Today I'm sharing a comfort food recipe for just that reason. It's shrimp and grits and it will make you happy. What's wonderful about this recipe is that unlike many comfort foods it is also quick and easy to prepare. You can make this dinner in about thirty minutes. Comforting Shrimp and Grits This post contains affiliate links.  When you shop using these links we receive a small compensation. Shrimp and grits is a flexible recipe.  You can make any number of adjustments to suit your tastes.  Consider my recipe a starting point and make it your own. Bob's Red Mill Yellow Corn Grits  make delicious grits. It was the only brand I was able to find on a very brief shopping trip but I recommend this brand for this recipe.  The corn flavor in these grits is perfect. The back of the package has a number of alternatives for cooking he grits you can try,

Five Ingredient Crispy Boneless Chicken Thighs Your Family Will Love

Does your family like chicken for dinner?  Chicken is a dinner favorite at my house.  In the past few years, I have been cooking more and more of our family dinners using boneless chicken thighs. I think chicken thighs are more flavorful than chicken breasts so I started substituting chicken thighs in many recipes where I previously used chicken breasts.   My family and I liked our favorite chicken dishes with the chicken thighs. Now I find myself thinking about how many ways I can use chicken thighs. Crispy Boneless Chicken Thighs Crispy Boneless Chicken Thighs This crispy boneless chicken thighs recipe is a favorite of mine.    It is a dish that is quick and easy to prepare and is packed with a lot of flavors.  Marinating the chicken thighs in an oil-based Italian salad dressing tenderizes and flavors the meat.  Coating the thighs in herb and Parmesan cheese flavored bread crumbs adds the crispy crunch and much more flavor. With only five ingredients, this recipe for