Monday, July 27, 2009

Tasty Tuesday!

Yay, finally a post that isn't related to BlogHer '09! Ok, so there's one more tomorrow, but ... it's more focused on my silly husband and less on the conference, so I'm not sure it really counts.

Anyway, I didn't do a ton of cooking this week since I was downtown for five of the days. I was smart enough to make up some of my favorite pasta salad that keeps well that I know will provide at least a little variety (and homemaded-ness to my family's diet while out of town).

Of course, with all this running around, that means no pictures again, but I promise to do better next week!

Perfect Pasta Salad

1/2 lb pasta, e.g., rigatoni (I use whole grain)
2 ears of corn, roasted and de-eared
3 marinated artichoke hearts
1/3 c kalamata olives
3 roma tomatoes
3 cloves garlic
2 T fresh basil
4 T olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 c feta, crumbled
salt and pepper to taste

Roast the corn on the grill of over the stove (my lazy method in bad weather) until lightly browned on each side. Make sure you peel it first. Then just lay it on the gas burners, and turn it with a set of tongs every few minutes. Stand the ear in a large plate or jellyroll pn, and use a very sharp knife to cut along the ear to remove the kernels.

Cook the rigatoni according to the package directions, making sur to leave it just a touch more al dente than you normally would.

Chop all the remaining veggies into bite-sized pieces. Chiffonade the basil, and mince the garlic.

Add all ingredients to a bowl (preferably while the pasta is still hot to allow the flavors to absorb better into the pasta). Stir to combine, then let sit overnight and serve cold.

Check out recipes like this at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday with Blessed by Grace each week.




Lisa@BlessedwithGrace July 27, 2009 at 9:15 PM  

Sounds yummy. Thanks for the recipe. Jealous you were at Blogher!

Claudya Martinez July 27, 2009 at 11:36 PM  

Sounds pretty tasty.

MadeInCanarias July 28, 2009 at 5:08 AM  

I love pasta salads and your recipe sounds so delicious!
Thanks for sharing!

Martha July 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM  

Sounds yummy! Too bad you didn't take a photo, sounds like it one that would have made a beautiful foodie shot.

Mrs4444 July 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM  

Oooooh. This sounds yummy! Except that I'd probably burn the house down with that stovetop method! Thanks for the recipe (and the photos-I had no idea they were yours!)

septembermom July 28, 2009 at 12:41 PM  

Thanks, Michelle. How did you know that I need a PERFECT pasta salad recipe? See, I knew that I can always count of you :)

Angela July 28, 2009 at 9:26 PM  

Sounds great Michelle! I am so sorry I have been out of touch so long. Hope you enjoyed BlogHer and I can't WAIT to read all about it and see all the pics! I am slowly catching up this week. Painfully slowly, actually, due to but should be caught up soon.

Hope all is well!

Michelle July 28, 2009 at 11:10 PM  

Lisa - Oh it was a blast! I'm so glad I finagled a ticket. Enjoy the salad.

Unknown Mami - Ohhh it is. And I think I need to make it again. Mmmm, yum.

Ave - You're welcome. I hope you enjoy it.

Martha - I should have. There's yet another reason to make it again this week. :)

Mrs4444 - It's hard to set corn on fire. There's a lot of liquid in them, ya know ;) Glad you liked the pics!

Kelly - I'm a mind reader. What do you need for next week?

Angela - I know the feeling. I'm sooooo behind on my blog reading (sorry everyone!). Good luck with work!

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