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Picnic Season

Outdoor_dinnershutterstock_290519921It's that time of year again, the weather is warm, days are longer and we look forward to sitting outside and eating meals in the backyard or on our decks. Here are some of my favorite recipes for you to enjoy.
 

 

 

Andy's Avacado Burger

avocado_melt_cropRecipe by Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys
These delicious sandwiches are the perfect solution for quick weeknight meals. View recipe

 

 

 

Vegetable Pasta Salad

kids_recipe_vegetable_pasta_saladRecipe by Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys
Make this pasta salad in the morning and serve it with fresh whole-grain bread for lunch. Better yet, wait and present as a side dish along with grilled veggie burgers for an informal supper. The flavors blend and intensify with time. View recipe

 

 

 

 

 

Aborio Sweet Rice Pudding

rice_pudding_shutterstock_293321936Recipe by Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys
Arborio is a short-grain Italian rice that contains a higher percentage of soluble starch than regular long-grain rice. It's the starch that gives arborio its characteristic creaminess, which makes it ideal if not only for risottos but also for this creamy, rasin studded pudding.  It will keep, tightly covered in the refrigerator, for several days, but it's really best eaten right away. View recipe

 

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