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Friday, March 16, 2007

Bunco? Mexican Salad? Piggy Pudding?

A lot of ya'll have been asking me to clue you in on what each of these things are, so here goes:

Bunco--A dice game designed for 12 women to get together once a month and act like raving mad-women while we roll silly dice and hope to get three sixes and yell out BUNCO, so that we can hold a felt stuffed dice until the next mad-woman gets a "bunco" (I practice all day and never perfect it). To make it interesting, we pay $5 a person and award the prize money at the end for whoever wins the most rounds. I have been playing this game for 18 years and can probably count on one hand the number of times I have won. I keep telling myself I could save sixty bucks a year if I just quit now! (never!!) So if anyone ever asks you to play (subs always win), don't be skeeered!! It's fun and easy to learn!

Mexican Salad--A yummy salad that my mom has made ever since I can remember. She always uses this HUGE ceramic bowl, and for the longest time, I would have to borrow it if I ever wanted to make Mexican salad. I would always fret over being scared I would break it because it's an antique and truly one of a kind! Now, that problem is solved as she picked up a mammoth stainless bowl at IKEA in Seattle when she was there a couple of years ago. Moral of this story--you need a BIG bowl!
Here's the recipe:

1. Chop up a whole head of lettuce, 1 package of grape tomatoes (cut in half), and 1/2 to 1 whole yellow onion (chopped). You can leave out the onion if you want, but I am an onionhead, so I like them! Put all of these in your big big bowl and place in the refridgerator.
2. Brown and season (salt, pepper, garlic powder) 1-2 pounds of ground beef, then add a can of dark red kidney beans (drained). Let this cool completely or it will melt the cheese and wilt the lettuce!
3. Crush a BIG bag of plain jane Doritos (not the flavory ones) while it's still in the bag, being careful not to puncture it. You will have to move it up and down and side to side because of the air, unless you puncture the bag. Trust me, you don't want to have to clean up that mess--been there, done that!
4. After the meat has cooled, get the bowl of salad out of the fridge and mix the meat, the crushed Doritos and 2-3 cups of grated cheddar cheese into the salad bowl.
5. Lastly, mix in a large bottle of Thousand Island Dressing. I use at least the 16 oz. size, but you can add more if that's your deal.

That's it--easy peasy!! Serve it hot or cold. We love the leftover cold salad the next day! YUMMY!! I even sometimes make it and split it with a friend since it makes so much!

Piggy Pudding--A DANGEROUS chocolate layered dessert. 'Nuff said. Here's the recipe:

1st Layer--Mix together 1 stick of melted butter, 1 cup of flour, and 6-8 oz. of pecan CHIPS (not the pieces, the bag will say CHIPS. they are much smaller and better for this crust). Pat this down into a 9x12 baking dish and bake it at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool COMPLETELY.

2nd Layer--With an electric mixer, mix 3 oz. cream cheese (you buy them this way in a little block at the store--so cute!), 1 cup of Cool Whip (buy the BIG tub, you will need more for the last layer), and 1 cup of powdered sugar until completely creamy. After the crust has cooled COMPLETELY, spread this carefully on top of it.

3rd Layer--In a large mixing bowl or 4 cup measurer (I use the large batter bowl from Pampered Chef), pour 4 cups of milk into it. Then mix in 1 large box of INSTANT chocolate and 1 large box of INSTANT vanilla puddings. Stir it all up and set in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set. Then carefully spread it on top of the cream cheese layer.

4th Layer--Spread the rest of the Cool Whip on top and then sprinkle with any chopped candy bar sprinkles. I buy the Heath Bar chips--the are the best! Chill for about 4-6 hours. The longer you give it to set up, the easier it will be to cut. It should cut easily with a spatula like a piece of cake and stay "stacked" when it's done.

It's REALLY good and addictive!! That is the dessert everyone asks me to make for any event I have to take food to. Oh and I've also heard it called Better Than Sex Cake, if that gives you any indication of how good it is!!! Enjoy!!


  1. Oh Hah! We call Piggy Pudding FRU FRU here...don't know why but that is what my mom always called it. It's a fav and we have it all our get togethers. Just thought that was funny!!

    I also love Bunco and Mexican Salad...need to mix them all together sometime!! :OP

  2. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!!! I am going to have to try these. Thanks so much for the recipes.

  3. Wow those recipes sound yummy! Thanks for posting them!

  4. YUM, my mom used to make your Piggy Pudding, but in her day it was called better than Robert Redford. My favorite part is the crust! I so am going to have a Bunco Party someday. I just find your blog and love it. Keep up the good work!

  5. I grew up with my mom's Mexican Salad - almost exactly like your recipe except my mom used Italian dressing. She also had a special bowl to make it in and somehow it always tasted better out of that bowl. I found your blog through Fresh and Fun. Bunco is fun but our group has evolved to Pokeno which is also a blast.

  6. Thank you , Thank you!!!! I was just about to start looking for some recipes for Monday night when I am having some friends over. You have taken care of it for me!!!! They both sound YUMMY!!!

  7. Your Piggy Pudding sounds like what I've known as "Sex in a Pan" (up here in Canada). Or "4-layer dessert"...take your pick!


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