June 27, 2011

Pasta Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

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It isn't very pretty, at least I don't think it is, but it sure is tasty!  Right before Memorial Day I purchased the June edition of Food Network Magazine.  I loved the photos of all the hotdogs with all the different toppings (even though I won't eat a hotdog!).  On our long drive north I went through the magazine several times and decided on a pasta dish that I wanted to try from the Mix & Match Pasta Salad segment.  Little did I know I was going to try it sooner rather than later!

My Daughter-in-Law informed me while we were on that visit that she was disappointed I wasn't blogging much and that sometimes she would check my blog a couple times a day to find......nothing new.  Aww, well I felt bad!  I was slacking!  She told me she likes to see what I make and what I think so she can decide if she wants to make it too.

For dinner on Memorial Day she brought the very pasta salad I had been looking at and wanted to try.  I guess this time, she taught me something!  When I was talking to her about the salad she mentioned that the amount of dressing didn't seem to be enough, so I knew when I made the recipe that I would be doubling the dressing.  She also mentioned that it called for a lot of grated Parmesan cheese and that may have dried the dressing out on its own. So, when I made this today I made sure to make some changes to the dressing recipe.  Thank you Kristina :) and I'm sorry this is one you have had already, but hey, it was yummy and you let me know that and now I have to make it for us to eat again!

Pasta Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing
Food Network Magazine

Printable Recipe

1/2 lb dried pasta (I used Fusilli)
1/2 cup sun dried tomato, cut into thin strips
2 ears corn, blanched, cold shocked and stripped from cob
1 lb asparagus, blanched, cold shocked and cut into bite size pieces

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 large garlic clove, finely grated
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse under cold water.  Prep your veggies and mix into pasta.  Set aside to combine dressing.

Combine dressing ingredients and fold into pasta mixture.  Chill, serve, & enjoy!

June 23, 2011

Southwestern Cheddar Steak Fries

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Its not often I get a craving for a potato.  If you want to know how I feel about potatoes most of the time...just ask my Aunt Marlene.  I'm sure she would get a kick out of telling you how she found my mashed potatoes one Christmas day - on the floor behind her garbage can.  (wearing a "who me"? face!)

June 22, 2011

Easy and Delicious Dessert Crepes

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Today I present to you the dessert version of our crepes that Austin made for us the other day.  We attempted the recipe he brought home from his cruise, but it just did not work out too well.  I am thinking the instructions were lacking....so, I really don't have a recipe for you today - but if you need one for crepes themselves, you can find one here on my blog by checking out the post for Blintzes that I did quite a long time ago (or you can just click the printable recipe link below to get the recipe).  A Blintz is basically a crepe - only I filled the crepes back on that post with a cheese filling and topped with blueberries.

June 21, 2011

Meatball Crepes ala Austin

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Have you ever heard of Meatball Crepes?  I know I hadn't .... until I arrived at my brother's home and my nephew said he would make them for our dinner one night while I was visiting.  He had taken a class on a cruise they went on last year and learned how to flip the crepe in the pan.  :)  I was definitely game on for his cooking one night.  I was thinking "how cool, I've cooked with my brother in the kitchen, and now I get to cook with my nephew!"  What fun we had too!  We had a few crepes hit the floor and the laugh that gave my mother was priceless!  

June 20, 2011

Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Sandwich

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I don't think you can ever get enough Frank's Red Hot sauce and when I found this recipe in Cook this, Not that, I immediately knew I would make it.  The red onions and blue cheese sauce just looked so appealing!  I showed the photo to my nephew and he and I agreed that would be our dinner that evening!

June 19, 2011

BBQ Vegetarian Chicken Pita Pizza

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Not only is today Father's Day - Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there - but it is Grumpy and my anniversary!  Happy Anniversary to my Grumpy Sweetheart :)  I love you with my heart and soul.  You ole Grump you!

Yesterday my mom and I drove to Indianapolis - a long grueling 12 hour drive that took us 13 hours because of a 1 hour hold up in Ohio that took us all of 5 miles down the road - if that!  We are staying with my nephews while my brother and his wife are off vacationing for their 20 year anniversary!

June 16, 2011

Fresh Raspberries and Blackberries in Lime Ginger Dressing

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Oh Raspberries and Lime, how I love thee.  Now lets add blackberries and ginger to the picture.  Divine!  Who knew?  Obviously Kat of Study Food did!

For this month's Taste & Create event I was partnered with Kat.  When I saw her recipe for Fruit Salad Dressing, I knew I had to try it.  Anything that has lime in it is going to attract my attention in a big way!  Kat used different fruits - I decided to pair mine with Raspberries and Blackberries.  They are on sale right now in the markets and honestly, I am a Raspberry/Lime kind of girl anyway!

June 13, 2011

Banana Cake Cookies with Chocolate, Walnuts, and Cardamom

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It is that time again.....time for the members of the Secret Recipe Club to finally disclose whose blog they were assigned to make something from.  I received my assignment and was surprised to find it was a blog I have not ever seen before.  Especially since as I started to read through this blog I realized that she and I are a lot alike in our tastes.  Somehow I wonder if Amanda paired me up with her because of the booze?  ;o)

June 05, 2011

Garlic Shrimp with Spinach and Vermicelli - Weight Watchers Recipe

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Well, its been a while again....hasn't it!  My life of meals has consisted of the same items for the most part over the last month.  Mostly for two reasons.  I like what I've been eating and it doesn't bother me to eat the same thing several times a week!

Every day I have yogurt, fruit, mini bagel, veggie sausage and the new Weight Watcher Jalapeno cheese spread (triangles like the laughing cow).  That is my morning....not all at once but for the most part spread out over the morning.  Then I tend to get an iced coffee or my new favorite in the hotter temps - a Starbuck's Mocha Frappachino Light over my lunch break (which I take from 1-2).  Then, later, if I'm hungry, I fix myself a garden veggie burger with lots of pickles and ketchup or Archer Farms Cherry Almond Oatmeal - that stuff is SO good!  When I get home, Grumpy and I head to Planet Fitness to exercise and by the time we get home it's late so I don't feel like cooking any type of meal that calls for having to do a lot of kitchen clean up.  So, we usually end up with something like my yummy veggie sausage pita pizza or BBQ veggie chicken pita pizza.
On one of my trips to Starbucks over lunch last week I found a Weight Watcher's booklet for 15 minute recipes.  (Starbucks is located in the Barnes and Noble - a good way to kill two birds with one stone!).  I bought that book as an added treat for skipping out on free donut day at Dunkin Donuts.  ;o)  In it are several recipes I want to try.  Since Grumpy and I were home at dinner time for once and since I hadn't really cooked what you can call a real meal in a few days, I decided to make the shrimp and pasta dish that Grumpy thought looked yummy.  The house smelled wonderful of garlic and butter and seafood.  Was it worth making?  Definitely.  I loved the sun dried tomatoes and spinach in this.  I'm do think instead of freshly grated parm I might go with dried parm because sometimes I think that has a more pungent flavor and I would add some red pepper flakes to the mixture too for a little more kick.  For those who like milder dishes, this would be perfect.  For people like me who love a lot of spice and heat it needed something else.  I will make it again for certain....with the changes I think it needs!

Garlic Shrimp with Spinach and Vermicelli

Weight Watchers
Garlic Shrimp with Spinach and Vermicelli
1 serving = 1 cup WW Points = 9


  • 5 ounces uncooked vermicelli
  • 1 (6 oz) package fresh baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1-1/4 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese


  1. Break pasta in half and cook according to package directions. Place spinach and tomatoes in a colander.
  2. While pasta cooks, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp and garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper and saute 4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Stir in wine and cook 1 minute. Remove pan from heat.
  3. When pasta is done cooking, pour pasta and cooking liquid over spinach mixture in colander. Toss with tongs until spinach wilts. Add to shrimp mixture along with remaing 1-1/2 teaspoons butter and lemon juice. Toss well. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.


  • Calories: 356

Tags: Pasta, Seafood, WW Points, Quick and Easy, shrimp, spinach, sundried tomato
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