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Stir It Up: Picnic Pecan Squares & Crunchy Cole Slaw

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Picnic Pecan Squares

1 box white or yellow cake mix (18.25 ounces)
3 eggs, divided
½ cup butter
2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
½ cup cinnamon or butterscotch pieces (optional)
8 ounces cream cheese
3 ½ cup powdered sugar
Ice cream for garnish, optional
Heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the cake mix, one egg, the softened butter and the pecans.  This mixture will be thick and sticky.  You can add some cinnamon or butterscotch chip to this mixture if you want.  Grease a 13 by 9 inch pan with butter and press the cake mixture evenly into this prepared pan.  Beat the remaining two eggs with the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar together and pour over the cake mixture in the 13 by 9 inch pan.  Bake for 45 to 50 minutes so that he top is golden and the center is set.   If they look runny, bake them longer.  You must cool these squares for 2 hours before cutting them or they will be too soft to serve.   Serve topped with a little whipped or ice cream is you wish.

Crunchy Cole Slaw

2 tablespoons of sesame or extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar or any good white vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1 package of chicken flavored ramen noodles
½ teaspoon of salt and pepper
3 tablespoon sesame seeds
¼ cup sliced almonds
½ head of cabbage, shredded
5 green onions, sliced
If you want you can toast the sesame seeds and almonds in the oven or in a pan on the stove.  Whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, the spice mix from the ramen noodles and salt and pepper to taste. Make this a head of time and keep in your refrigerator so that the flavors can blend.  Combine cabbage, green onion and the crushed ramen noodle in a large bowl.  (You can take it to the picnic in a large zip-lock bag.)  Right before serving, mix the dressing with the slaw and top with almonds and sesame seeds.  You may want to add the dressing just before leaving home, but don’t add the sesame seeds and almond until you are about to serve the salad or they will get soggy.  This recipe doubles well. 
Mike, I will bring some fried chicken just to celebrate the day.   

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