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Jul 072015

Pasta For The Summer Heat

Pick-a-Nick Salad for sure!

Pick-a-Nick Salad for sure!

Well, I sure hope everyone had a great 4th of July as we did here! Kenny did two different kinds of beer can chickens on the grill along with fresh corn on the cob. I on the other hand, took care of corn bread, deviled eggs that I tried to make red white and blue and came out like Christmas eggs instead, you know red, green and white, and then this  pasta salad that we tried for the first time since we tasted it in our local Publix Supermarket and WOW!

Everyone had a great day!

Everyone had a great day! No…that’s not a fire in the fireplace…Gotcha ya!

Now I do have to say that their version came out a little better than mine, maybe due to my adding the asiago cheese in place of some of the mozzarella, however, everyone had seconds except for our granddaughter who is a little on the picky side, you know teens these days! Oh well, she’ll grow out of that someday just like I did…. What little was left, my daughter took home for a meal the next day so mom and dad wouldn’t have too many left overs in the frig, ha ha! I also used the tri-colored rotini in lieu of the plain pasta. So with that, I give you a super summer salad that really goes great on a hot summer day with just about anything………..


Pasta For The Summer Heat
  • 3 cups of cantaloupe cut in bite size chunks, honeydew if you prefer or a mixture of both
  • 1 ripe avocado, I used the green versus the Hass, chopped in bite size pieces
  • 8 oz of tri-colored rotini or regular
  • ⅓ cup lemon vinaigrette
  • ½ teas Kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1-1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Asiago cheese or omit Asiago and use all mozzarella
  • ⅓ cup fresh basil coarsely chopped
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and place in the frig to cool.
  2. Combine the melon, avocado, vinaigrette and salt in a bowl, stirring gently to mix.
  3. Stir pasta and cheese together into the melon mixture and sprinkle with the basil; chill well to meld the flavors.

Gotta get Husband working on a post to show you our new kitchen counters; therrrrrrrrrrrrre GREAT as Tony the Tiger used to say! Hope you enjoy……..

Dude....Where's the beer?

Dude….Where’s the beer?

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Aug 292013

Chicken Avocado Bruschetta Video

Doing something a little different today, sharing a video with you by Claudia Lamascolo over at What’s Cookin’ Italian Style Cuisine! Her recipe is delightfully refreshing for these hot summer days and very easy to prepare, of course there’s avocado and chicken here, just two of my favorite food groups. Checking out her site that has been around since 2009, Claudia brings you some mouth-watering dishes that has been handed down from her family for many years and many more of her own dishes that she has come up with herself.

Claudia hails from up-state New York and not too far from where I grew up. From there she brings you many recipes from that region and so many more ranging from fried avocado to many different types of cheesecakes, casseroles, desserts and almost anything you can dream up for an authentic Italian dinner at home. Not having a drop of Italian running through my veins, I can make a few basic Italian dishes and throughout the years, no one has dropped dead from my cooking (just joking), thank God! Speaking of which, not the dropping dead part but the part of Italian dishes, my freezer is lacking in the spaghetti sauce and the lasagna department and it’s time for me to get it stocked back up with cooler temps just around the corner, at least I hope so! So with that said, I’ll stick to these chicken and avocado bruschettas and show you the video on how to prepare them by my guest host today. It was nice of you to let me share your recipe Claudia, thanks again!

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