May 6, 2013
BOWTIE PASTA SALAD...THE BACKYARD PICNIC
Serve Up A Stylish Summer
Picnic in Your Own Backyard!
In just a few months, the grandchildren will be together at the Texas house. We have activities planned, such as full days of swimming, visiting museums and local places of interest. They love a day strolling through the Stockyards in Fort Worth and spending an afternoon at the zoo! Yet, we will take one day and chill out in the backyard, by the pool. This need not be boring with paper plates and Dixie cups. We shall make this a beautiful experience by bringing out delicious sandwiches, pasta salads, fresh lemonade and those beautiful summer vegetables included. We will also be serving those fabulous Laura Bush chocolate chip cookies all wrapped up in colorful tissue. It's fun to think outside the box, so to speak, to make this experience a summer to remember!
Need some sandwich Inspirations? Try one of these super simple combos!
Almond butter, apple butter and sliced pear
Bagel, cream cheese, smoked salmon and tomato
Egg salad and basil on a toasted English muffin
Country ham, Swiss and preserves on ciabatta
Black beans, corn, spinach and salsa on a flour or corn tortilla
BOWTIE PASTA SALAD
1 pound bowtie pasta
1 cup frozen edamame
2 carrots, sliced into 1/2-inch chunks
2 cups of fresh, blanched green beans, cut into bite- sized pieces
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
1 cup red and yellow grape tomatoes, halved
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon sugar
1 large clove garlic, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
3 green onions, thinly sliced
In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and vinegar. Then whisk in the mayonnaise, sugar, garlic and some salt and pepper. Add the dressing to the salad and toss well. Fold in the green onions. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours before serving.