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Dish To Pass

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We’re into the summer party season. If you’re lucky, every weekend there is a new opportunity to go hang out with friends and family on, in and at their various decks, pools and camps. The price of admission…a dish to pass. Here is a simple pasta salad to bring along, made with just a handful of fresh, summer ingredients. Make it in the morning and refrigerate it for a few hours. Pack your swim suit and your sunscreen and enjoy the party!

PASTA SALAD
~16 oz. box of spiral pasta
~about 4 tomatoes, diced
~fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
~several handfuls of fresh basil, chopped
~your favorite vinaigrette dressing to taste. We just stir together balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a 1:2 ratio with a little salt and pepper.

1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water.
2. Combine the pasta with the tomatoes, cheese and basil.
3. Add the dressing and mix it in, 1/4 cup at a time, until the taste is how you like it.

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An annual visit from these friends signals the start of the summertime fun!

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Limping Towards the Finish Line

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So here we are…the last full day of school…the last lunches packed for the year. Remember how we started? I was all “Use whole wheat bread! Don’t put any processed food in your kid’s lunch!” You will note that in this final packed lunch, there are WHITE bread sandwich rolls, crackers from a box with more than 5 ingredients, and cheese popcorn. Well, at least I have not succumbed to the Uncrustables pre-made PB&J sandwiches. The year has been both long and at the same time over much too soon as my little girl finishes up her elementary school days. It’s on to middle school for her and my project for the summer is to teach her to pack her own lunch! More challenging for households that strive to bring real, minimally processed and packaged food in the lunch bag. But we’ll do our best! Stay tuned for some tips if you too are hoping to delegate lunch packing to the kids! We hope you have all had a great school year and best wishes to all of you elementary school kids heading on to the next phase of your life!

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20140625-125010-46210598.jpgKatie and one of her best friends at their moving up ceremony.

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