Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pasta Salad with Lemony Basil Vinaigrette

When I started this blog, I had every intention to post weekly; unfortunately, it seems I'm spending more time working than I had planned when I started writing this past summer.  Most recently, I got called to Charlotte, NC for a week - and while I love getting to travel and meet my coworkers from other offices, at the end of the week I'm always craving something that I didn't order from a restaurant.

This pasta salad came together on a whim while I was shopping this weekend - first, I spotted a box of whole wheat rotini, then a few delectable black olives from the olive bar, some of spring's first asparagus, tiny radishes, a little onion, and a bell pepper.  Throw in some salami and parmesan, and toss it with a lemony basil vinaigrette - and voila, there's lunch for the week. Side note: You may have noticed I'm a huge bell pepper eater.  It's always in my fridge and inevitably ends up in most of my dishes.  Feel free to omit it or make substitutions if you don't have the same attachment to it that I do.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ridiculously Simple Tomato Soup

Photo by Keenan Stansbury-Farrell
After a billion or so inches of snow, I'm craving some comfort food.  On the other hand, my waistline probably wouldn't benefit from a big dish of mac & cheese or plate of enchiladas - two of my favorites.  Enter go-to food number three: tomato soup.

I grew up with Campbell's condensed tomato soup, usually served with a grilled cheese sandwich made with regular sandwich bread and yellow American cheese... the processed, individually wrapped kind.  I have to admit that in the depths of winter, this is the food I crave.  My goal was to satisfy my memory of those foods while making something fresher and a little more "grown up."