A fun thing about falling behind on blogging is when I have a big mess of intended posts, that I hadn’t done the write up for.
When did I create this recipe? I don’t know! Going on the images, they were photographed in September 2017, so sometime before that, anyway.
What inspired me? I have no idea. I’m guessing I was at a BBQ or other party and saw a charcuterie board near a pasta salad … that’s the kind of random inspiration that tends to lead me to develop recipes.
But, who knows for sure?
While I don’t remember the details leading up to the creation of it, I can totally remember the *taste* of it. It was a pleasure to eat, with a bunch of different textures and flavours, each bite was a bit different. The batch makes a fair amount, and I remember that my husband and I plowed through it embarrassingly quickly. Whoops!
As with most (non-baking, anyway) recipes that I post, there’s room for a wide amount of customization here.
Use regular noodles if you don’t need to be gluten-free.
Toss some green olives or capers in. Flakes of Asiago instead of parm? Go for it!
Maybe some pickled red onion slices, that would be awesome!
Want to mince a few anchovies into the sauce? I dig it.
You do you… enjoy!
This recipe was originally posted last summer.. but with recent weather, BBQs, and a wicked craving for it.. figured it’s about time to drag it back to the spotlight!
Lately, I’ve been on a mission to translate my family favorite “recipes” (no, that’s not a misuse of quotation marks!) into actual recipes.
It’s a bigger endevor than it sounds to be – my family writes down recipes like we cook. By that, I mean that “a handful of” or “some” are used as actual units of measurements, or any indication of actual quantity is left out completely. We add an ingredient till things look or taste right, which is fine when you’re comfortable with what you’re doing.. but not so hot for conveying a recipe to my blog readers!
Take, for instance, my grandmother’s potato salad recipe. She makes the most amazing potato salad I’ve ever had, but this is her recipe, in its entirety:
boil red potatoes, cut in 4
Don’t overcook them
Put in fridge, cover with italian dressing, let sit overnight
Take them out, add chopped green onion, celery, radishes, eggs (hardboiled and sliced)
Use Hellman’s full fat mayo, don’t use too much
See what I’m dealing with? LOL.
The recipe is far too great to NOT share with the world, so here it is: