Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, June 27, 2010

orecchiette pasta salad

over the years i have tried many pasta salad recipes, but this one is the classic.  i vary the type of pasta used but the ingredients usually stay the same.  this recipe can be made in any amount for a large or small crowd.  i usually only boil 1-2 cups of pasta, and then cool the pasta in a colander under cold water.  to the pasta i add, chopped celery, green and/or red pepper, green onion, salt and pepper. 

for the dressing, i usually use 1/4 to 1/3 cup of low fat light mayonnaise thinned with milk.  i whisk in milk until the dressing is creamy and able to be easily added into the mixture.  by adding a little milk at a time, it is easy to obtain the correct consistency.  another option for this pasta salad includes adding part mayonnaise to prepared peppercorn dressing.  this is a great option and also delicious.

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