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postheadericon Easy Pasta Salad

 

Here is a recipe for a simple and good macaroni salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (6-8 servings) dry macaroni pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced fine)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced fine)
  • 1 cup black olives – sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup Zesty Italian dressing –

Directions:

Cook the macaroni according to directions on package and rinse under cold water.

Add the diced red bell pepper,  diced onion, and sliced black olives.

Mix in the italian dressing.

Chill for an hour or two before serving.

postheadericon Simple Egg Salad

 

Serves 6

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • pinch salt and pepper (to taste)
  • pinch of paprika

Directions

1. Hard boil the eggs, rinse, and peel.  *Tip* – placing the eggs in a bowl of ice water for a minute or two will prevent the outside of the yolks from darkening.

2. Cut the eggs into 1/2 inch cubes and place in a large bowl.

3. Stir in the mayonnaise, vinegar, and Dijon.

4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Plate, sprinkle with paprika and serve.

 

postheadericon Rotini Pasta Salad

 

A recipe for a very simple pasta salad from my husband

Ingredients

  • 1 package (6-8 servings) rotini or corkscrew pasta – cooked
  • 2 medium tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 can sliced black olives (drained)
  • 1/2 to 1 bottle Wishbone Italian dressing (to taste)

Directions

Combine all ingredients and chill for an hour or two before serving.

postheadericon Homemade Tomato Sauce

 

Here is an easy recipe for homemade pasta sauce.
Makes about 8 servings.

Ingredients

  • 3  cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 3 – tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 – cloves of garlic (diced)
  • 1 – medium sweet yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 – tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2  – tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2  – tablespoon italian seasoning or oregano

 

Directions

Saute the garlic and onion in a medium sauce pan on meduim heat until golden.

Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste and stir the mixture.

Stir in the italian seasoning, white vinegar and sugar

Let simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Serve over pasta

postheadericon Empire Express Chinese Restaurant

 

I recently discovered this little chinese restaurant in Laporte, Colorado. Its the best Chinese food I’ve had in all of Northern Colorado including Fort Collins and even Denver. The cream cheese wontons are awesome, so are the eggrolls soup, lomein, spicy pork, and seseme chicken, but I did have a hard time finding their number online so here is the contact information and menu:

Empire Express
3300 W Country Road
54 G. (Old US-287)
Laporte, CO 80535

Phone: (970) 493-1884

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