Let’s Eat

Summer is still here, despite what my husband says. He is like Eeyore. Starting the 3rd week in July, he likes to remind me on a nightly basis how much sunlight we are losing AND that summer is almost over.
Well, I say, “Nay, nay, my friends”. As far as I am concerned, summer is still alive and kicking until that first leaf falls in my yard.
With all that being said, I want to share with you two recipes. The first one is for GREEK PASTA SALAD and the second is for HERBED RED BLISS POTATO SALAD.
Today, I will focus on the pasta. This was just served at my ANNUAL THANK YOU BBQ I put on each summer at my home for my amazing “regulars“.

GREEK PASTA SALAD

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Ingredients:
2lbs penne pasta
1 Green bell pepper, seeded and julienned
1 medium sized cucumber, skin on, seeded, diced
1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in wheels, discard ends (this step is a slight pain in the ass)
1 small red onion, chopped (grab some tissues, tears will fall)
1 pint crumbled feta
1 16 oz bottle of greek dressing, oil based not creamy
Salt

Boil pasta until al dente (you do not want mushy pasta) in salted water, drain, cold water rinse, drain again

Pasta can be prepped up to 2 days in advance, chill in fridge, then use greek dressing to LIGHTLY coat (just enough to keep pasta from sticking and to let flavor soak in)

Mix together bell pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, onion (place in container and set aside in fridge until 24hrs before serving. Day before consumption, mix in with pasta, add more dressing, again, just enough to coat not soak)

Day of party: mix in feta, add more dressing (enough to wet not soak, I used just under 3/4 of a bottle)

ENJOY the compliments and the taste!

xo, Amy

PS: prep time varies based on your alcohol consumption

JULY 2014 DRINK OF THE MONTH

 

Summer time drinks should be refreshing and thirst quenching.
This drink does just that. But beware, it is easy to drink thru each one fast and furious!

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BERRY BUBBLER

2oz Vodka
3 Lemon Wheels, thinnly sliced
8 Raspberries
2tsps Granulated Sugar
Soda Water, I used flavored (mixed berry)

Drop berries, sugar and lemon wheels in glass
Muddle well, making sure berries are well mashed
Add Vodka
Pack on the ice
Shake, Shake, Shake
Now top with soda water and ENJOY!

Play around with the recipe. Use a variety of fresh berries or melon. Swap in lime for lemon. Swap in silver tequila for vodka.

Have fun in the sun!
Xo,
Amy

Blackberry Simple Syrup

imageA staple for your summer cocktails

12oz fresh blackberries

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

3/4cp water

1/4 cp + a pinch of granulated sugar

bring to boil, then simmer 25mins, stir gently every so often

let cool, then strain into bowl using wire tight mesh sieve, gently press til all juice is through

will hold in fridge for a week

 

 

White Cucumber Melon Sangria

White Cucumber Melon Sangria

ReFRESHing!

1.5 Liters Sauvignon Blanc
1/2 cp honey
1 small honeydew melon (seeded and sliced)
1 seedless cucumber (sliced into wheels)
2 limes (sliced into wheels)
24 fresh mint leaves

Place melon, cucumber, limes, mint in container
Add honey, gently mix with wooden spoon
Add wine last, gently stir with wooden spoon
Refrigerate overnight

Use in the first 48 hours