Caprese Pasta Salad

This was a pretty pasta salad for our Kentucky Derby party this year.  Colorful and it had a lot of flavor.  And of course pasta salad is always great for a crowd.

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Cilantro Lime Quinoa

This is a fun take on Chipotle’s cilantro-lime rice, and it was a tasty side with beer can chicken.  If you tossed it with some peppers and some tomatoes, it might also be a good lunch salad, too.

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Zucchini Chips

Much like our green beans, our squash is out of control this year too, and we were looking for ways to use it up.  I found a few different suggestions out there for zucchini chips, and decided to give one a go – they are AWESOME.  Seriously, if you have a ton of extra squash, this is an awesome use for it.   I found this on a blog call Add a Pinch and I made no changes.  You can definitely play around with it and make all kinds of flavors, though.  I do think without a mandolin slicer, this would be a serious pain, but you could still do it.

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Dilly Beans

We grew green beans for the first time this year, and holy smokes are they prolific!  They are definitely one to plant again.  But like any heavy producing veggie in the garden, when you end up with a glut of them, it can be hard to use them all up.  I decided to try refrigerator dilly beans.  I got the basics from Cooking Light’s recipe for spicy dill beans, but I toned the spice down.  Last year I overdid it a bit and the pickles were all kind of too hot for us.  They would make a cute summery food gift if you wanted to take the final step and actually can them.

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Pepper Pasta Salad

I saw this in this month’s Cooking Light, and was really intrigued.  I love pasta salad, and this one was different and interesting.  I brought it to the Hunt’s puppy naming party, and it went over pretty well!  I thought it was tasty, but that being said, it WAS a lot of work.  I did use sweet paprika in place of the Aleppo pepper.  Also, the original recipe called for Freso peppers, and I didn’t use them, so though the original recipe was, “Triple-Pepper Pasta Salad,” this was just two peppers for me. 😉  I would make it again for a special occasion, or big picnic etc, despite the work – I think it was worth it. 🙂

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Peas with Prosciutto

Found somewhere in the depths of Pinterest, this was another very simple and pretty Easter size capitalizing on Spring veggies (okay, I had to use frozen peas =/ But still). The salty prosciutto went well with the ham, of course. Definitely a side I would make again for a crowd, quick and attractive.

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Roasted Baby Spring Vegetables

This was a very pretty side dish for Easter.  Roasted veggies are always great, and I really liked the touch of white vinegar.  This is a Cooking Light recipe, and the only alteration I made was to use baby purple potatoes instead of fingerlings, and to lower the cooking temp to 400 to accommodate other dishes I had cooking (it was originally 500, which seems pretty high to me).  We enjoyed this and the leftovers also make a nice lunch.

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