I haven't shared a recipe in a while so I decided to designate today, February the eighth, to do just that. so, I apologize if you came here secretly hoping to read stories about poop, only to find out that you have to suffer through another boring recipe post instead. well, I promise I'll be quick.
I first tasted this pasta salad at my baby shower last summer, and I liked it so much that I've made it on several different occasions. because one, it's easy. and two, it's wonderfully delicious. and I don't know about you guys, but in my books that equates to a win-win situation. easy, plus delicious? quick, sign me up!
(recipe courtesy of my aunt Barb who got it from her cousin Ruth who held D'Amico and his Sons hostage until they handed over the recipe. actually, I have no idea. I just made that last part up.)
D'Amico and Sons Chicken Pasta Salad:
-1 lb bowtie pasta cooked and chilled (may also use spiral, or any larger pasta)
-1 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken (shredded or diced, whichever you prefer)
-1 cup dried cherries (I used cherry flavored Craisins)
-1 bunch green onion, chopped
-2 celery stalks, minced
-1 cup whole smoked almonds (or plain old sliced almonds would do the trick as well)
Dressing: (if possible, make in advance for a more enhanced flavor and to allow time to chill)
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-2 Tbsp wine vinegar
-2 cups mayo
-2 Tbsp cold water
-2 Tbsp poppy seeds
-2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
mix dressing ingredients together and add to salad right before serving.
in other exciting news, I'm heading down to Phoenix tomorrow to visit a good friend of mine who's here on vacation. she (along with her hubby and kiddos) moved from Minnesota to Alaska around the same time we moved from Minnesota to Arizona, almost three and a half years ago. we figured since they were moving, we might as well move too. well, not really. that's just how things happened to go.
sadly, due to unfortunate circumstances (hello! Alaska is located at the opposite end of the earth practically!) our paths have not crossed since. we've kept in contact throughout the years via calling and text messaging, but now I'm really, REALLY looking forward to catching up in person. can't wait!
until next time!