Ingredients for a Successful 4th of July & a Recipe

Holy cow... longest title ever... All right... here are the ingredients you'll need for next year's fourth of July. After you get through these ridiculous photos... you'll find a fun and EASY recipe that I use all of the time when I'm in a crunch for a cook out side.

1. Good Friends

2. a Pool

3. Adorable kiddos running around

4. Chris Thum (seriously... this is a key ingredient... if you don't have a Chris Thum, you might not have as great of a party as you'd like)

5. Studly husband who is better with kids than you are... oh wait, you can't have him... he's taken... you're going to have to find your own.

6. Great food Yes those are some of Allison's Cookies right there... go ahead... drool.

And this is my grandma's pound cake and I would totally share the recipe with you here... but then I'd have to kill you. Seriously. I'm not a fan of pound cake, but I do love this one!

Alright... now that you've suffered through all of these photos (or were smart and just scrolled down...) here is an easy pasta salad recipe that I've tweaked over the years. I used to work at a deli in high school and this is kind of like one of their recipes, except I've added to it.

Ingredients:

Pretty pasta. I usually get multi colored squirly kinds (no that isn't the technical name... but I can't think of it right now...) You'll see it in the pic below.

Parmesan cheese

Broccoli (you can also use carrot slivers, but I didn't have any so... it wasn't as colorful)

Cherry Tomatoes

Italian dressing

Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Crushed Red Pepper to taste

Directions: 

Boil your squirly pasta. and chop up tomatoes and broccoli. Chop the broccoli really fine. Usually one "tree" makes 4-5 mini trees... see...

See how tiny the little "trees" are?

Then I drench it in about 3/4 of a bottle of italian dressing and add the spices above to taste. Stir it all together and then add parmesan. In order for it to look pretty at the end, I cover the top middle in parm. for presentation. Here's the final product:

Simple, easy and delicious.

Oh and here's a photo of me, in an apron, standing in front of a mirror. I was trying to be like Ms. Meet Virginia. ;)

Happy Thursday!

Posted on July 7, 2011 and filed under Food, Ordinary Life, Recipes.