Simply Perfect Add-in to any Cookout

Asparagus Pasta with Pan Fried Garlic & Lemon Cold Tomato Zucchini Pasta Salad with Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette

I created this pasta salad for my brother Steve’s Independence Day barbecue. I needed to bring a side dish that could sit out safely in the hot sun for several hours, and also fit in well with an American style cookout. An additional benefit is it gave guests a vegan option, and me an excuse to eat lots of cold pasta salad.

The vinegar base in this recipe would pair well with homemade buttermilk fried chicken, or even a store bought rotisserie chicken.

Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 cup Sherry Vinegar 1 Shallot, chopped 1/ 2 clove Garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon Salt Lots of fresh ground black pepper to taste

Puree the ingredients together in a small processor or blender. Set aside.

Tomato Zucchini Pasta 1 pound riccioli shaped pasta, or any favorite shape 2 medium sized zucchini, or 1 large thinly sliced into half moons 1 cup chopped scallions 3-4 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1 recipe Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette Salt and pepper to taste

1. Boil the pasta according to the package directions in heavily salted water. Drain and rinse in cold water.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette.

3. Toss the pasta together in a large bowl with the dressing and the rest of the ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator until chilled.

Notes: Next time I might throw in some dried or fresh parmesan, and a handful of sliced olives to add another element of flavor. Shredded asiago cheese might also work well.

Posted from my Android ~ Ami

Ami’s Definations: Marriage, Divorce & When One Has Crossed THE LINE. (Part II) Part II of a comment from the newlywed posting makes me think.)

Well, for starters, when she wrote, : “”…newlyweds talking about how magical newlywed life is because it’s like one big “party” or “sleepover…”” … I never saw marriage like that @ all.
  Yes, I always saw it as a magical adventure, BUT, the magical adventure to be enjoyed with the one & only I want to spend the rest of my life together; Who is now my husband, & we are extremely happy together.
  Yes time are rough, and with the economy the way it is, it def is not making times easier, but with love, true love that is, & Jesus Christ in our hearts, all things are possible.
  It still baffles me, as to how people think of marriage is a game,a huge sleepover, or what have you. Marriage is a BIG thing, & Yes it can be FUN, but marriage isn’t something to play around with. It is legal terms.     
   Those people who think marriage is a “Game” or “Sleepover” are usually the ones who split up after just a few months or so of marriage.
   Marriage is supposed to be a LIFETIME commitment to the one you love. I, personally, do not believe in Divorce… Unless it is due to (unwillingly) being someones punching bag, abuse bucket, or otherwise abuse prone individual.
  I was abused @ a very young age, & I have some very strong opinions, that most people don’t like to hear. I can not STAND to see someone, usually a woman, putting up with all of that rage, & abuse.

 (Part II of a comment from the newlywed posting makes me think.)

   I have literally beat the daylights out of a friend of mine’s  Husband, (She was prego @ the time) for taking his drunk rages out on her!! He was literally beating & kicking her to a pulp!!

  She came to my house one day, cause we had agreed to go to the mall, & shop for Easter clothes. She came over, unusually late, She came to the door, & the side of her face was all swollen… I was like “ha ha, did you run into the door frame, again”  She looked & me & started bawling! I was like, “Hey, I was just kidding…!”  She started to pull out her cell, & show me the texts he had sent her of the night before; before he got home, & she had other proof of the crap he was putting her thru. He had said to her in a text “If you tell ANYONE about this, I will kill you & our baby.”

 That’s when I made up my mind, if she wasn’t going to take care of the problem, I was! I refused to see my best friend go thru this, & NO ONE stand up for her!! Needless to say, we had the police meet us @ her place, & we did a very extensive police report.  

  She did one, I did another, & she had her neighbors do one as well, because they had called the police on sever occasions because they had heard the commotion from 2 houses down, & had gone to help, but the husband wasn’t having it & had pulled a gun on them till they left..  That’s just one of the many police reports done on his sorry tail.

  I waited @ her house with her, & 2 officers waiting down the road, others on call.  When the S.of S. came home, we were sitting in the living room, talking when he came in with a baseball bat. He started raving & ranting to her about “I’m going to kill you, I told you not to tell anyone, didn’t I??”. He took one sling @ her, she dodged him, & I took it from there. I yelled out, “Go call 911!! I’ll handle this! GOO!!”  I beat his a$$ up, as I said to him, “U are all tough till it happen to u, huh??” ” Want some more of your own medicine?”  “Oh I’m sorry, DOES THAT HURT??” He won’t cross that line again….. I beat his a$$ till the cops pulled me off of him.

   I have it all recorded. The police have a copy,  I gave a copy to the Judge, (when his family tried to get him out of jail, saying he was innocent & he would never do something like that. Heh, yeah right.) & I have the original copy.  He won’t be getting out of prison for some time. I don’t play games with fools. Never touch me, & NEVER touch my family! I will give you a southern girl a$$ beating. Just ask that fool.