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Herbed Spinach Pasta Salad

2 Jun

herbedspinachpastasalad001Today, I bought a new ‘spice rack’.  There’s been a big agricultural fair at City Hall plaza, near my new house, these past few days, and I keep prowling past all the herbs and plant pots for sale with wishful eyes.  This one, though, was a winner.  It doesn’t take up much horizontal space, it’s stable on its base (for a minimum of cat-related damages), and it’s terribly easy to angle around each segment as needed.  I grabbed the stand, then promptly bought basil, rosemary, and golden lemon thyme to occupy it in my sunny window.  I figure the plants are a lot cheaper than buying the fresh herbs at the grocery store, only to have half of them spoil before I can use them due to getting too cold or too wet or too dry in the fridge or on the way home.  My fridge, by the way, is a beast at freezing things. I haven’t yet quite figured out how to turn the thermostat in there up a bit so it stops icing my water and destroying my green produce.

Anyway, with all these fresh herbs on hand, I decided it was time to make one of my old standby recipes again, a super easy pasta salad.

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Salad with an Attitude

16 Aug

Most people seem to get into the habit of thinking of salad as an afterthought, some vaguely nutritious green filler to cover a bare patch of plate.  I hate that kind of salad.  You know, the three limp pieces of romaine or iceberg smeared with some sort of dressing and a few slivers of carrot that you find awkwardly arranged in a bowl before you can get to the real food.  Forget that stuff.  This is a meal in itself. It eliminates sugars and processed carbs, but remains brimming with flavor, color, and texture. And with no meal-break at my job, it’s got to tide me over until I get home for dinner.

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