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Simple Cherry Tomato Salad

My folks love tomatoes. Any tomatoes. Me, I’m a sucker for a fresh garden tomato and otherwise they leave me cold. So when I come across tomatoes that could use a little help, I jazz them up a bit. Not that these lovelies in the photos needed any help, mind you.

Cherry Tomato Salad

This simple little cherry tomato salad takes minutes to make and takes any tomato over the top. While I used this beautiful mix of cherry tomatoes today, this is just as good with plain old cherry tomatoes or a large tomato cut in chunks. If the tomatoes are very juicy, toss them in a strainer for a few minutes..

I loosely based the dressing on my Bell Pepper and Tomato Salad, which I originally loosely based on a Turkish salad, Ezme. Think of this salad like a Catalina dressing with a bit of a kick from Sweet Chili Sauce. I love that stuff and sneak it into all kinds of things.

The other surprise? Ketchup. Yep. I usually use tomato paste for things like this, but the cupboard was bare! So inspiration hit. Maybe that’s not so far off when Cook’s Illustrate uses ketchup in their Catalina Dressing! If it’s good enough for Cook’s, it’s good enough for me. 🙂

If you have an Aldi nearby, check them out. They’re so easy to get in and out of and they often have little surprises you wouldn’t think you’d find in a discount store – like these tomatoes.

Cherry Tomato Salad

Cherry Tomato Salad

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 5 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half (or equivalent in tomato chunks), strained if very juicy
  • 1 or two green onions, thinly sliced
  • about 1/4 to 1/3 cup ketchup
  • about 1/4 to 1/3 cup Sweet Chili Sauce (or go by taste)
  • a tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • pinch of sugar, optional

Mix dressing ingredients together, add to tomatoes and toss. Best if it sits for a little while.

Note: I like the dressing to be just a bit more highly flavored and salted than expected; by the time it mingles with the tomatoes it will be just right.

Slice round objects between two lids! Run knife horizontally thru center..


I’m posting this recipe on Fiesta Friday Blog Link Party, hosted this week by Ai @ Ai Made It For You and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.

Strawberry Rhubarb “Baby” Cakes

Ever since I picked up my little cake pan tray, below, I’ve been dying to make something in them. When I came across a pic of Panera’s Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Cakes, the anticipation became an obsession. They were so darling!

Strawberry Rhubarb Baby Cakes

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Desserts: Sauces

Here are some of my fave dessert sauces. Some are recipes in their own right, others included in another recipe. I wanted to list them all so none will be forgotten. Enjoy!

chocolate sauces






ice-cream sauces






fruit sauces














other sauces















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Home-Made Hot Fudge Sauce

Of all the ice-cream toppings, I have to confess I like Hot Fudge the best. Nothing else really compares. Caramel is good, Salted Caramel is fantastic and Butterscotch, what can I say? I wouldn’t turn any of them down but Hot Fudge Sauce? That I would seek out!

Home-made Hot Fudge

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Desserts with Fruit

Many of my favorite desserts are made with fruit (the rest are usually chocolate!) Here you’ll find fruit based desserts, desserts with fresh fruit or dried or those that have a fruit sauce. Enjoy!

any fruit (just about)










apples & applesauce



















































































mixed berries




















































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German Potato Salad

If you’ve never had a really good German Potato Salad, you might think you might think you don’t care for it. I know this to be true because I’ve tried, from time to time, grocery store deli German Potato Salad. It doesn’t compare to what you can make at home.

German Potato Salad

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Asian Turkey (or chicken) Lettuce Wraps

I don’t know if I can think of a better beat the heat, quickie dinner for a hot, muggy summer day than these Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps.

Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps

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