Friday, June 24, 2011

Foodie Friday: A Crafty Cook

Welcome to the tastiest day of the week here at POP!!
Today we're so lucky to have our guest Erin, from A Crafty Cook!
She's always got something tasty on her blog, so check her out!!

My name is Erin. I'm the author of A Crafty Cook. I graduated from BYU with a degree in Sociology a little over a year ago. My husband works hard as a software engineer so I'm lucky to be a stay at home mom to one little 7 month old boy. I really enjoy cooking, baking and crocheting. It keeps me busy and therefore sane. I started my little blog as a way to share the recipes and crochet patterns I try, at least the ones that turn out good. I'm relatively new to the blogging world so I am ecstatic to be posting here today. It's my first guest post ever!

I thought I would share a nice simple summer dish. First of all, I love easy, whether easy means a fast meal or only few ingredients.  When summer rolls around easy is the best. No one wants to spend hours in the kitchen, so here is a nice easy summery Italian Pasta Salad.
You are going to need some rainbow rotini, Italian dressing, Parmesan cheese, sliced olives (I use the kind with the red jalapenos mixed in) and some pepperoni preferably the kind that is chopped in little cubes or a chunk that you can chop yourself (you can be like my mom and cheat and buy the slices and chop them in fourths, but just be warned that the sliced tend to clump together.)

Don't hate me because some of the
ingredients in my photo are half used.

First you are going to boil your pasta. Then, of course, you are going to strain it.

Next dump that past in a big bowl and toss it with a good 1/2 a cup or so of Italian dressing. Use enough to coat the noodles but don't drown them.

 Next, dump in your chopped up pepperoni, drained olive slices and about 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Mix it all together.

Put it all in the fridge and let it chill for an hour or two before serving. Sprinkle with a little more Parmesan cheese and enjoy.  (It makes a great side dish at a potluck or a BBQ.)

I hope you all enjoy my recipe. Check out my blog or my facebook page and maybe you'll find some other great stuff to try too! And thanks to Jaime for the chance to guest blog.


Cherish said...

Good to know about the pepperoni! I always find the sliced kind on clearance and it's a pain to cut, plus the pieces definitely stick together.

kayla said...

I love making this type of pasta salad, it's my favorite go to!!


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