Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Already Wednesday - Picnics & Pasta - What's Next?

A short while ago I received this lovely Entertainment Basket from the people at Kraft Canada. My visit to Kraft Kitchens in Toronto back in the March was awesome. And their generosity in awarding giveaway packages to some of my Canadian readers was appreciated by the five winners.
So I was very excited when I received my "Entertainment Basket" of goodies... a thermal bag to keep my cold things cold, a red blanket for our favorite family outings... picnics anywhere the mood takes us in this gorgeous province. A pitcher and two stemmed glasses - perhaps for some Sangria Punch, some bowls and containers and more...
There's a bottle of Miracle Whip for half of the tuna sandwiches I whipped up yesterday (not everyone is a mayo fan) and a bottle of Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce that is my Honey's favorite condiment for steaks. I never knew it was a Kraft product. Coupons for some other great Kraft products - cheeses and dips and ... well, lots of options and my very favorite thing of all... the summer issue of What's Cooking. If you can't get a subscription, you can always get their recipes on line.
I did take some photos of our Shubenacadie Wild Life Park adventure, but none of them... with people.. worth sharing. That's the setting of the park... a perfect place for a picnic. Boaz did eat his peanut butter sandwich and Mommy and I did eat our wonderful tuna fish sandwiches - half with Miracle Whip and the other half with juice of half a lime and a little Olivado Omega Plus oil made of olive, avocado and flaxseed oils (not from Kraft, but an awesome Canadian Product) , chopped hard boiled egg, half red onion, finely chopped and some fresh oregano from my window sill.
Dov was too excited to eat anything. All he wanted to do was feed the ducks & swans.
Needless to say, by the time we finished wandering around chasing peacocks and checking out cougars, caribou and... check out this awesome Rhea and her egg, the size of an ostrich egg!
I digress... I was pooped by the time I got home with barely enough energy to boil water for pasta. But I had to share this one with Presto Pasta Nights. After all, I am this week's host. If you have a pasta to share, just write about it, mention Presto Pasta Night with a link, and email me your entry with URL to ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com by tomorrow night and check back for the roundup on Friday. And if you don't have a blog, just email me your recipe and I'll write one for you.
Too Tired To Cook Pasta:
  • Boil some salted water. Add some asparagus spears and blanch for 2 minutes, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to an ice water bath.
  • Add the pasta to the boiling water. Drain when al dente. Return to pot ... too tired to cook, means too tired to clean up.
  • Add some chopped sun dried tomatoes, chop a handful of pitted cured black olives, blanched asparagus cut into 1" pieces, 1/2 -3/4 cup feta, crumbled, handful or two of baby beet greens, salt and pepper and a splash of Omega Plus oil (or a really good extra virgin olive oil).
  • Toss, and if you're really to tired.. eat it right out of the pot.
Next adventure, perhaps I'll make a great salad... like this Veggie Pasta Toss, or Sesame Ginger Coleslaw, both from Kraft's What's Cooking. What would you take on a picnic? I'd love to add a new dish or two to my standards.

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