Well it's not really summer, it's only April the leaves are just starting to but, crocuses, daffodils, and tulips are just starting to blossom.
But we keep getting these heat waves, so it feeeeels like summer.
When it is this hot (94 yesterday!) I don't like to do allot of cooking, so we grill.
This salad is one that I've been making since I was a kid. Even though I'm all grown up and have this blog and everyone knows I love to bake! I still get asked to bring this ever so simple salad to all our family BBQs. People love it.
Or either that my family and friends have yet to realize.... hey did you know Carrie writes a baking and cooking blog. She actually knows how to make yummy food besides pasta salad!
It's like they think it is just a silly hobby or something, like I sit around all day eating potato chips on the couch on the computer.
I want to scream some days... this is no joke friends, it is actually something. Blogging IS something.
When I tell people success stories of bloggers like Ree Drummond and Joy the Baker. They look at me like I have 15 heads.
"So YOU want to be on the Food Network?"
I'm no Pioneer Women.
And I will probably never think up something as genius as the Cake Pop... Thanks Bakerella for giving me the "Why didn't I think of that moment!
But seriously folks blogging does lead to bigger and better things.
Bakeaholic Mama is ONLY 9 months old... 9 months! Oh the place it can go!
I know people who have been doing this for years and still love it no matter how big or small their blogs are.
Does this need to provide me with a wildly high income. No.
It just needs to make me happy... and that friends is priceless.
Just wait Carrie will go places. She does more than sit on the computer and eat all day.
But until then, lets eat some pasta salad k?
Everything But the Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad
1 box of your favorite pasta (Or use up the little bits of many boxes just to clear them out of the pantry!)
1 bottle of your favorite Italian Salad Dressing
1/2 bottle of balsamic vinigrette or olive oil/vinager (I always have Newmans in the fridge)
About 1.5 cups chopped brocoli florretts (half a head?)
1 Bell Pepper thiny sliced
1/4 cup or one small red onion diced
1 cup of grape tomatoes
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 small can of black olives drained
1 cup of sliced smoked sausage, or keilbasa, or pepperoni (whatever you got!)
1 cup of cubed cheese (Sometimes I use feta, motzerella, pepper jack, cheddar, colby... what ever I have on hand)
Cook your pasta according to the box directions.
Rinse cooked pasta under cold water.
Toss with all of your other ingredients.
Refiderate until cold. I normally make mine the morning of, or the night before.
Toss pasta before serving it with a little extra salad dressing.