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Monday, July 2, 2012

PJ's Birthday ~ Roasted Garlic Pasta Salad ~ UFO Day

Good 52º sunny morning. Heading for 'hot' today....

Yesterday morning looked like this... but no rain.

Yesterday we had a little gathering for PJ's birthday...
L-R Dave, Pam, Mike, Tom, me, Debbie, PJ.
Pat C and Tim showed up later... they had been river rafting. Good thing we had food left!!!

Good food. Dave barbecued ribs, PJ made coleslaw (yummmy!), Mike brought some outrageously good strawberries and blackberries, I made a pasta and a potato salad, Pam made cheesecake, Tom made pumpkin and lemon pies. Oink oink oink.....

Re the pasta salad.... I got this recipe from Beth at Budget Bytes ( She served hers hot, I served mine cold. Really good. A big hit!

This is neat, because I have always roasted garlic in the oven. In the summer it's nice to not have to turn on the oven and you can roast the garlic right in your microwave! Yeah!

First cut the top off two heads of garlic... put in a microwave safe dish, drizzle with olive oil, put microwave safe top on and cook on high for 1 minute. Check. Cook 30 sec longer. Check. Mine cooked in 1 min 30 sec. Some are good at 1 minute. Some 2 minutes. Sometimes the cloves jump out...

Be careful, cooking too long and not checking it may lead to burned garlic. YUCK.

Remove garlic from heads and chop, add to that some salt, black cracked pepper, and 15 oz of ricotta cheese....

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water (I also added Sonoma pepper and Chile con Limon). When pasta is done, drain .. reserving 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water, and cool the pasta with cold water, drain. Add the cooking water to the ricotta mixture and with a whisk stir until smooth. In a large bowl add the pasta, some baby spinach, shredded Parmesan cheese, halved grape tomatoes,....

Stir in the ricotta mixture and refrigerate until serving time.
This would also be good with added bell pepper and/or celery and maybe some peeled cold cooked shrimp!

Historically this date...
1698Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.
.... no wonder the steam engine cartoon was named Thomas!

1881Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield, who eventually dies from an infection on September 19.

1937Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.

1962 – The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.

And births this date include...
1932Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (Wendy's) (d. 2002)

1946 – Ron Silver, American actor (d. 2009)

1964José Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player

1964 – Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player

1986 – Lindsay Lohan, American actress

All I know. Bill paying day! Happy Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
July 2nd
World UFO Day