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Concord, California, United States
I am a sometimes-writer, everyday mama, creative failure and experimental cook. I am interested in living a beautiful life, spending time with my family and making things that I can feel proud of. When I'm by myself I'm usually outside. Don't bother calling because chances are that I didn't bring my cell phone because I couldn't find it. If you see me walking, it's because I lost my keys and if you see me with only one child... I'm probably in big trouble.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Great Lunch

We're having a little heat wave in Concord.  As I type, the girls are wearing bikini's and gobbling their lunch up in the back yard.

I just made them the greatest steamy day meal and they are out there pleased as can be.  A cold pasta salad is so much nicer than a pb&j on a hot day.

I used about a quarter of a box of pasta- el dente and put on ice to chill.
I added one large peeled and cut cucumber.
Cherry tomatoes
chilled asparagus
purple onion
chopped carrot
a dozen or so black olives
chopped celery

Then, I mixed 1 part olive oil with two parts apple cider vinegar- a tsp of salt, a 1/2 tsp of garlic, a1/2  tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp Italian seasonings  I ate a bit of the veggies and dressing before adding the pasta and it was DELICIOUS.

If Bunny wasn't allergic to casein, this would have been great with a bit of feta cheese on top.  And, if you are a pork eater, you could add a bit of ham to this in order to make it a dinner.

I served this salad with a whole wheat roll and a bit of Earth's Balance spread on top.


  1. I was so good. I've made a similar pasta salad before but I've used a bottled Italian Dressing. Yesterday I didn't have any, which almost prevented me from making the salad. I know the gist of what goes into an Italian dressing, so I just added what I had and hoped for the best! It ended up being perfect! Luck of the draw, I guess!

  2. I feel like I should really mention that the salad pictured isn't the one that I made. I didn't get a change to take a picture of the salad I made so I just found an image that looked similar and downloaded it.

    Usually when I do this it's obvious, but I can't help but feel like I misrepresented the picture so I thought that I should mention it!!!!!!!