Summer Salad Saturday

by Cate on June 26, 2005

Got a few errands done today, went to a flea market and we got a new mattress delivered. We had a high mattress before, but this one is even higher — very “Princess and the Pea.”

It reached 92 degrees today, and I didn’t want to heat up the kitchen cooking dinner. To keep it light and easy, I made a Summery Pasta Salad. It was a snap to pull together and combined many of Nicholas‘ favorite flavors … Salami, Mozzarella and Kalamata olives. He ate every speck of his dinner. I’ll put up the recipe for you tomorrow. Still no computer at home, and I forgot to bring the recipe with me. Dessert was every simpler — fresh strawberries and plums. Plums are definitely my favorite summer fruit. Growing up, I’d eat so many, I get sick. Now, I have a little more restraint … most days.

Hopefully getting the computer fixed tomorrow; a friend is going to stop by and work on it. Right now, it looks like I’ve lost everything, so I’m hoping his genius skills will resurrect some of what was there. The irony is that I bought an external hard drive 2 weeks ago to back up everything, and just haven’t hooked it up yet. You can bet that will be a priority this week! Until then, I’m holding my breath.

We have designated Sunday as “grilling day” for the Summer and Fall seasons at our house. Once Winter comes, it will be a “slow cooking day” … you know, those kind of perfect Sunday recipes that take all day to quietly cook away on the stove. When my Dad was growing up, in his household, there were designated days for certain food, i.e., Spaghetti night was on Sundays, one night was Franks and Beans night, etc. In some respects, it certainly makes meal-planning easier, focusing on certain food groups when planning out the week makes finding recipes simpler. I’m going to start working on a plan like that, and our Sunday designation as Grilling/Slow Cooking Day is a start.

Planning on entering a cooking contest, and Sunday Grilling Night is going to be perfect for testing out my planned entry. Tune in tomorrow to find out what hits the grill.

Until then…

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Stephanie June 26, 2005 at 4:49 pm

Where are you finding plums? We haven’t seen any in months!


Cate June 26, 2005 at 5:34 pm

Our local A&P Fresh Market has them. E-mail me your addy, and I’ll send you a nice care package. :)


Stephanie June 27, 2005 at 4:07 am

That’s awfully tempting! Alex would love it, but I don’t think plums would ship very well!


Cate June 27, 2005 at 11:56 am

Shipped tomatoes to my sister when she was in college in Maine — made it fine. ;) Not only do they have plums, they actually have 3 different kinds. Went yesterday and stocked up again.


Stephanie June 27, 2005 at 4:51 pm

Ok! I’m sold. I’ll send an email with our address…now what can I do for you?


Anonymous June 29, 2005 at 11:27 am

Would it be possible for you to post your Summery Pasta Salad recipe? It has all my favorites in it. Your recipes are fantastic and I really enjoy reading your blog!



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