Thursday, June 30, 2011

Angie's Pasta Salad


It has been one of the biggest pleasures of my life to be a part of such a wonderful community. The community I speak of is the "Food Blogging Community". I have met several hundred people who have a love of Food and a love of making people happy through food as much as I do. My friend Angie is one of those people.
Meet Angie Stewart!
Angie is the founder of "Angie's Big Love of Food" and is a contributing editor @ "Country Cooks Across America"
Angie is a self proclaimed "Southern Girl" who loves food as much as I do if not More!!! I am inspired by Angie's zest for keeping it "REAL". Southern cooking is so much about feeding your family...and making it count. Angie so exudes the warmth and charm of all of those things put together! I was so honored when Angie answered the call for guest Bloggers while I was visiting my hometown, because I know what she shares with you will be from the heart!
Enjoy All!!!



Well, hello there, Food is Love family!!  I am Angie, from Angie's Big Love of Food.  And I can not tell you how honored I am to be guest posting this page today.  Laurie has extended her never ending support, not just for my personal page but for my latest project, with 4 other fabulous gals, Country Cooks Across America.  We just love her to pieces.  And now I am getting to meet all of you and my heart is all smiles.  I am truly honored that each of you, are welcoming me into your kitchen.    

It's that time of year again, time for BBQ's, picnics and being surrounded by family and friends.  Next time you have a gathering to attend and want to take something that will have folks beggin' for the recipe, THIS IS IT!!  We have a local deli here in Memphis that is much loved for their incredible pasta salad.  In fact, I have spent many years attempting to copy it and failed miserably...until NOW!!!  So, this has quickly become our families favorite Pasta Salad recipe.  It's so easy to make you won't believe it!!!  I have even cut it in half, on several occasions to make just a few servings for a quick side dish to go with burgers on a Sat. night.  This dish is going to be at every BBQ/picnic, we attend this summer, can't wait to share with everyone!

Big southern hugs, 
Angie

Angie's Creamy Parmesan Pasta Salad



Ingredients:
4 oz medium shells
4 oz large elbow
3/4 cup cucumber, diced
3/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup pimentos, diced
garnish with 1 T cilantro
season to taste (1/4 tsp salt)

Creamy Parmesan sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 T lemon juice
1/4 tsp grated garlic
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
season to taste
(doesn't need much extra salt because of the parm & probably added 1/4 tsp white pepper)

Prepare the sauce, set aside to allow the flavors to marinate.  Prepare your noodles according to package directions (don't forget to salt your water), drain and rinse in cold water.  In a large bowl, add everything and toss in dressing.  Garnish with cilantro.  You could refrigerate this, if you want, allowing the flavors to really come together.  But with something this good, you won't want to wait.

Coming up this week: Sawsan's Oatmeal Peach Cobbler and Eccentric BBQ Sauce..be on the lookout!