Hey, we're half way through the week. I noticed today on my calender states in 1991 Desert Storm , ground war began and ended on the 27th after 100 hours. I know a lot of us have family fighting for our country, (my son-in-law Dace served two deployments in Iraq) so I'd like to extend a prayer to those serving our country and to say thank you. Pray for peace for our country.
Todays' recipe is a twist on a pasta salad that I enjoyed last year at a Christmas Party. The chef would not share the dressing recipe with us ladies. Believe me we did everything except tie him down for it. ( I have my dignity) Salad is colorful and a great way to "show off" your knife skills. Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS: 2 cups Radiatore pasta
1/2 red and yellow bell peppers (thinly sliced)
3 celery stalks
3 sm sweet gherkin pickles
8 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
1/4 cup sliced salad olives w/pimentos
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
Fresh Parmesan cheese (garnish)
DRESSING: Whisk together 1 cup mayonaise with 3 Tablespoons of Italian Dressing with 2 Tablespoons of light brown sugar.
Cook pasta until al dente'. Drain and let cook in large bowl. Mix dressing in small bowl and let cool in refridgerator. Thinly slice vegetables (cutting at angle), add to pasta. Add olives and sunflower seeds. Mix well and add dressing. Cover and refridgerate 2-3 hours before serving. Served in a decorative bowl and garnish with sliced cherry tomatoes and shaved Parmesan cheese just before serving.
TWIST: You can add any vegetables that you desire. Prepare the vegetables and store in air tight container in refridgerator the night before to save prep time when entertaining. Healthy salad for lunch at work.
TOMORROW: Cucumber Salad
DESIGN TIP: Had an email on decorating with a "Neutral palete" when you have children. Great question. When decorating always take your family's lifestyle into consideration. Choose a "base color" to coordinate your fabric. Doesn't have to be white or beige. Example: brown leather sofa w/ accent pillows in red or robin-egg blue looks great. Black sofa w/ accent pillows in sage green, blue or white compliments well.
Use your accents to compliment your decor. Meantime your furniture is "kid friendly". Trust me..."Trendy and Practical"...hope this helps.
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