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
6. Great food Yes those are some of Allison's Cookies right there... go ahead... drool.
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.
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.
Broccoli (you can also use carrot slivers, but I didn't have any so... it wasn't as colorful)
Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Crushed Red Pepper to taste
Boil your squirly pasta. and chop up tomatoes and broccoli. Chop the broccoli really fine. Usually one "tree" makes 4-5 mini trees... see...
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:
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. ;)