Saturday, June 30, 2012

Salad Anyone?

I still have things to share.  Running things.  Dating things.  Wildfire things (sending positive vibes to Happy Trails). Other life things.  But my internet at home is not working as well as it should.  So this post is another Foodie Pen Pal Post, courtesy of an unsuspecting neighbor's internet signal.  I should have the internet problem solved this week....Comcast willing!

In the mean time, a quick post as to my Foodie gifts I received this month.  The makings of salads, use of crusty bread and a pasta salad recipe!  So here's this month's surprises sent to me by Cindy in North Carolina:

  • Bella Tavola Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • The Biltmore's Creamy Vidalia Onion Dressing (I soooo love onions)
  • Bread Dipping Seasonings (including Rosa Maria (rosemary & garlic), Sicilian Blend (garlic, onions, tomatoes), Tuscany Blend (sundried tomatoes & basil), and Parmesan Blend (roasted garlic & cheese)).
  • Gourme Mist Fusions - Balsamic Vinegar + Pomegranate Spray

Is it dinner time yet?

Don't forget that you can participate in the Foodie Pen Pal program too!  Just sign up before July 5th!

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Cindy also sent me a pasta salad recipe I can't wait to make...let's hope I can find some nice local produce to test this recipe out.  Here's the recipe she sent:

Greek Pasta Salad
1 bag colored rotini
1 pkg. sliced turkey
5 roma tomatoes
1 cucumber
1/2 red onion
1 to pkgs feta cheese (she likes the basil tomato feta)
Greek vinagrette

Cook pasta.  Rinse in cold water.  Dice turkey and vegetables.  Add to cooked pasta.  Add feta.  Mix in Greek vinagrette. 

Greek Vinagrette
1/3 c. olive oil
3 T red wine vinegar
2 T lemon juice
1/2 t. dried oregano
1 t. sugar
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 t. black pepper.

I think I might try swapping quinoa for the pasta. 

Happy Running!



  1. that balsamic vinegar sure looks fantastic! i also got a pomegranate treat this month only instead of balsamic (yum!), mine was covered in chocolate :)

    happy FPP reveal day!

  2. Hi Laura! Thank you SO MUCH for your warm and kind thoughts of us this past week - it is so spectacular the way very dear and special folks like yourself have reached out with words of care and encouragement. It is sooo awesome - thank you! We were able to return home last night and it was an emotional moment when we turned into our neighborhood and realized we escaped essentially unscathed by the fire when less than a mile away, dear people lost their homes - everything charred to the ground. We are incredibly thankful and also sad for the 347 families who did lose their homes. We count our blessings. Thank you again, for your caring words.

    There is a little shop in Manitou Springs, The Olive Tap, that sells oodles of flavors of olive oils and balsamic vinegears - very fun store for foodies! We stopped by there last fall and sampled a few flavors - the Chocolate Balsamic was delicious! We thought it would make a great salad dressing for something different. Have a wonderful week! :-)