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


Our Estate Garden – February Updates

I got up, early this am, and got out out of the house as soon as I could. I had a few errands to do, and I wanted to hurry up, get my errands done so I could get by walmart, and see if their garden center was open.

First things first, I went to check the P.O. Box, nothing special there, then I went to the Outlet Mall, for some shoes, didn’t find what I was looking for, guess I’ll have to check elsewhere, tomorrow.

The banks are closed, so… Off to Wally World!

  I drove up, circled around, and Yay! They were just opening up the doors on the garden side!  This was the first time I’d seen the garden side open this year.

  I parked, got out and walked in, to look around. They had a few decorative plants various bushes, and some purple Tulips. then, on a different wall, there were some vegetables and herbs. Most of them looked a bit dried out, but a few in the shade looked ok. I picked out the best of the best, and went to pay up.

When I got home, I planted what I had picked up, 9 Broccoli plants & 1 German Thyme.

Yesterday I ordered a bulk shipment of about 4k plants. {Some to be shipped as plants, the rest as seeds.}  Hopefully the shipment will come soon!

  My Mom came over, when I was in the garden, planting the Broccoli. We talked plants for a bit, and walked around and riddled in a shed, that had been sitting in the field for some years. I am all excited!! I am going to to make it our “seed house”! I may be crazy, but at least I’m happy! 

  If anyone out there, reading this, wants to trade seeds, please comment or contact me. I love trading seeds, it’s always something new!

Happy Blogging!! ~Ami

Our New Home – Gardening

I haven’t been quite as productive as I would’ve liked to, today, however, I have gotten a good bit done. 

  The hubbs is standing infront of me, (Mr. Locksmith of 20+ years, n’ local Law Enforcement Officer.), rekeying our front door. It is quite a sight. I have seen him re key plenty of doors, but this one inparticular is annoying him. {HE HE HE HE}

  Ok, back on topic…… Gardening!! I don’t rightly know why, but every time I stay here, if only over night, or for a few months, I always get this urge to plant SOMETHING! I don’t get it, maybe it’s my green thumb, or maybe it’s my grandmother coming out in me. Either way, something always gets planted, believe it or not.

  I have been busy planting my succulents, in a few different containers, taking some of my ideas from pintrest,


        And making them my own.


Not to mention, planting up a few of my other planters, around the deck.








“I just LOVE this ornamental cabbage, however, I have not grabbed one, or 3 yet. I want one in EVERY color! {Can you blame me?}”