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Classic Dish with a Personal Twist

June 2, 2014

July is here and it’s one of my favorite months. I love the sunshine, blue skies, and high temps. It’s also National Grilling Month. These are all great reasons to cookout and have people over. We enjoy inviting family over on the 4th to watch fireworks and to have a backyard BBQ. I’m really looking forward to it this year and have started meal planning ahead. As a Kraft Tastemaker, I thought it would be fun to browse the 4th of July recipes on the Kraft site. There are so many delicious choices that I decided to try out a couple ahead of time.

First up, I used the Garden-Fresh Pasta Salad recipe as inspiration. I adapted it to our tastes and party size and it was a big hit.

Everyone asked what kind of dressing I used and I was excited to tell them that I made it myself thanks to the GOOD SEASONS Italian Dressing Mix and cruet kit. I’ve never made my own salad dressing before. I’m usually too crunched for time, so I was thrilled to discover this kit is so easy to use and took just a minute or two to make the dressing.

I followed the three steps on the box that instructed me to fill the cruet with the vinegar, oil, and seasonings up to the various lines marked on the cruet bottle. I put the lid on and shook it a couple of times and before I knew it the dressing was made.

I was very excited about the GOOD SEASONS cruet kit and can’t wait to try out the other flavors soon. I was happy about how easy it was to make the pasta salad too. I was inspired by Kraft’s recipe and then used what I had in my pantry, fridge, and freezer to assemble it. Everyone really enjoyed it and it was a great way to introduce the GOOD SEASONS Italian Dressing Mix. A few of our guests were very impressed with the kit and added it to their shopping lists as well as the recipe for the pasta salad.

I was happy to serve this classic dish with a unique and personal twist and look forward to making this again soon. I also can’t wait to try some of the other 4th of July recipes on the Kraft site. Click here for the full recipe: 4th of July Pasta Salad

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