A Busy Week of Cooking

 Today is the last day of school before Easter Break for the after school kids so I made them a big Easter basket filled with all sorts of treats.





I also made them a big meat and cheese platter.  The kids love it when I make these.





I put every kind of Easter egg I could find on this.  There was something for everyone.


 Two of my friends were returning from a 15 day vacation and I knew they would have no food in their house so I dropped off dinner for them.  I made them this wonderful Spring pasta:


Ingredients
  • 8 oz. of cooked farfalloni pasta, (or farfalle pasta better known as bow ties or butterflies) being careful not to overcook it, once cooked cool it off with cold water.
  • ½ jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • ¼ bag of defrosted peas
  • 2 cups of sliced multi colored cherry tomatoes prepped for ten minutes in a good drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and chopped basil so that the tomato juices and olive oil mingle together
  • 1 bunch of medium thick asparagus, sliced in thirds and pre roasted until al dente.
  • zucchini ribbons done with a vegetable peeler.  Don't use the part with seeds.
  • 1 or 2 handfuls of arugula
  • fresh basil and parsley
  • DRESSING:
  • 1 part white balsamic vinegar to 3 parts olive oil with a touch of dijon mustard and 1 Tablespoon of honey.  Whisk everything together adding salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Take a big bowl and place all your ingredients into it, spooning the dressing in little by little and adding salt and pepper to taste and being nice and gentle tossing it.
  2. Then place it all onto a pretty platter adding more zucchini ribbons, peas, artichoke hearts or whatever else to make it look balanced with the veggies.
  3. Spoon more dressing if needed.





 This is perfect for a main meal.





It uses all of the Spring vegetables too.

 I've been experimenting with local milled grains.  I made them these whole wheat rolls with some whole wheat flour I found recently....meh!

They were okay but I think I need to find a flour that is more finely ground.  My friends enjoyed them though.  Today is a marathon cooking day.  My kids are going to the mountains with their friends for the long weekend and I am sending Easter dinner with them for the whole group.

Comments

Christer. said…
Now I want easter candy :-) :-) I won't go to the store until tomorrow though so I hope it has passed by then :-)

That Spring pasta looks delicious!

Have a happy easter!

Christer.
Leanna said…
I believe your most busiest cooking times of the year are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter in that order. And each time you whip up something new and exotic just like the Witch you are. Simply wonderful.
You're busy spreading Easter love and joy!
Marcia said…
You do an incredible job with your cooking.
TARYTERRE said…
looks scrumptious.