Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco de Oh-no!

How is it May 5th?!  Did we hit a wrinkle in the space-time continuum?!  It seems like it was New Years Even only yesterday and all of a sudden we're 1/3rd of the way through 2012.  Time for a quick inventory of my 2012 bucket list:

Visit hot springs during delicious winter months - CHECK.  Twice.
Try out new recipes - Also done and done.  We have been cooking like crazy at Casa de la Swan.  And still more to try, barbeque season is starting with a fury this year.
Make a trip by myself (i.e. no kids or husband) - still working on it, although taking a trip with my husband might be better.... except he's got homework and reading most nights so I am still going to have to calculate logistics and see what makes sense.  But a little California sun could be in my 2012 future!
Get to some good concerts - well, I have MontanaFair to thank for the only concert so far this year I'm considering going to: Sublime with Rome!  If you know me, you know Sublime pretty much simultaneously rocks my world and floats my boat all at once.  I've already been practicing holding one arm up to simulate the beer in my hand while I dance in place.  It's all about the training.
Do the Women's Run - registered!  And super excited to see some super awesome chicas for it!
Do the Dirty Dash - I'm being bribed to do it, because once I realized it was $50 per person to enter I was more interested in getting a tattoo for that much money versus running a race.  Too bad for me that Morgan is one of the best friends a girl could ask for, and now I can't deny her this request.

So, onward into May.  I'm ready to have some fun!

Easy Peasy Pasta Salad

Forewarning: there will be no pictures in this food blog.  I am not a food photographer, I'm an eater.  Let your taste buds do the talking.

Easy Peasy Pasta Salad 

8 cups loose pasta (I used tri-colored spirals), cooked and drained
1 1/2 c mayo
juice of 1 lemon (or about a tbsp if you are using a plastic lemon like I was)
1 tbsp Ranch dressing mix (and rather than buying a package at the store, you can MAKE YOUR OWN!)
2 tbsp of Wildtree Smokey Bacon flavored grapeseed oil (or the last of the only bottle you have until your new order comes in soon) (or regular olive oil, or some other flavor, bacon isn't required but it is delicious)
1 1/2 c chopped red, orange & yellow pepper (I used a half of each color)
30 or so pepperoni, stacked and cut into quarters (or buy cubes if Walmart isn't out at 11:30pm on a Friday night while you drunkenly shop with your giggling friend Laura)

Cook the pasta, and drain.  Place in a large bowl.  Add in the chopped peppers and pepperoni.  Stir to combine.

Mix the mayo, lemon juice, ranch mix, and oil in a small bowl.  Add to pasta and toss to coat thoroughly.

Take to your old friend's non-Cinco de Mayo May 5th birthday party and bet on a pony in the Derby.  Drink lots of beer, eat lots of the pasta salad, and make sure you bring bubbles and sidewalk chalk.

Cook's note:  I love this bacon oil, it gives the illusion of bacon being in the pasta salad, but the pepperoni gives it a lovely chewy bite.  I interchange a lot of ingredients, use more lemon juice, throw in some onion, the possibilities are endless. Perfect barbecue side dish.