"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future! "
Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Condensed Milk......A Pantry Staple

I have come to the conclusion that sweetenedd condensed milk
should be a staple in EVERY cook's closet. There are so many different uses for it. You can use it to make an Iced Mocha Latte, a Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Nut Biscuits, Homemade Caramel Sauce, or my all time favorite, Magic Cookie Bars! In most kitchens, as you can see, it is used mostly in desserts.

Well this past weekend I found that you can go beyond the baking zone with SCM. Skippy has wanted me to make Amish macaroni salad for the longest time, so on Saturday, I decided I would make it for him. Well, every recipe I found called for Miracle Whip. In our house, MW falls under the category of "That with which we do not speak of!" lol

Believe it or not, I finally found a recipe in, where else, my Amish cookbook. (now why didn't I l@@k there first?) It is called "YUMMY Macaroni Salad." It is not called Amish Macaroni salad, but yet it is from an Amish cookbook. Does that count? To my delight, it did NOT require Miracle Whip. YAY! However, upon reading further, I discovered an ingredient that I did have on hand. In fact, I have a TON of it. Did I read that right......SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK? Hmmmm! At first I was a little skeptical, but I pressed on and tried the recipe. When all was boiled, chopped, and put together, what I ended up with was a recipe that I have been told is "The BEST macaroni salad I have EVER eaten!" and "DON'T you DARE lose this recipe.....I have to have it!" and "You better make this for my family get-together in a couple of weeks!"

Well, with raves like that, I'll make sure the cookbook gets put under lock and key! lol

For this simple and delicious recipe, you will need:

1 pound macaroni
1 cup chopped green pepper
4 carrots, shredded
1 cup chopped onion
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup vinegar
2 cups mayonnaise
Salt & pepper to taste

Cook macaroni; drain, and cool completely. Add remaining ingredients and toss lightly. Chill for several hours. Best if refrigerated overnight.

After I tossed everything together I tasted it. It was VERY sweet, but after it sits overnight, and all the other flavors mesh together, it was delicious! If you don't want it as sweet, you can eliminate some of the sugar if desired.

We really, really liked this recipe and I don't think we'll change a thing!

ENJOY!

Hide all

10 comments:

Renee' said...

sounds good,

Andrea said...

Hope you have an awesome day and a great weekend.
Hugs,
andrea

Denise said...

Sounds really good.

Just Be Real said...

One day I need to learn how to cook. Thanks for sharing the receipes anyway dear one.

Melanie said...

Mmmm. I'll have to try that. I really like macaroni salad. :)

Just Breathe said...

I agree, I always have some in my house. Thanks for the links and the recipe:)

chili pepper said...

I have never tried condensed milk in a latte but one can only imagine it would be delicious. I was wondering if you ever saw the old Burns and Allen shows that were hosted by Carnation Condensed milk. Gracie Allen always was so funny about it. My favorite episode was when she tried to pay the tax collector with condensed milk. HA!! I am popping to You tube right now to see if I can find it for you.

Well, I just looked and looked and couldn't find the complete episode only a snippet. But I might get my Brianna on it... she is far more patient than I am for such things.

Hugs,

Kat

chili pepper said...

I have never tried condensed milk in a latte but one can only imagine it would be delicious. I was wondering if you ever saw the old Burns and Allen shows that were hosted by Carnation Condensed milk. Gracie Allen always was so funny about it. My favorite episode was when she tried to pay the tax collector with condensed milk. HA!! I am popping to You tube right now to see if I can find it for you.

Well, I just looked and looked and couldn't find the complete episode only a snippet. But I might get my Brianna on it... she is far more patient than I am for such things.

Hugs,

Kat

Heart2Heart said...

Laura,

I just cleaned out my pantry today to put groceries away and guess what I do have all these ingredients so I am going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing it.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Cathy said...

Yummy! Love macaroni salad.