Thursday, August 11, 2011

Slinger’s Fantasy Summer Salad


When I first spotted this salad recipe

on a site called

The Picky Cook,

I knew it fit my slinging style of cooking

because it said

‘no measuring needed’.


It is full of my favorite food groups:

three cheese tortellini, romaine lettuce, toasted pecans, feta cheese, and craisens.


First I prepared the tortellini according to the package instructions.

And then, I amazed myself.

(almost as much as thinking of the term flea marketeer)

I drizzled olive oil onto a sheet pan and cooled the tortellini , spread out on the pan.

They didn’t stick together like little concrete rocks because of the olive oil , and they weren’t touching each other.

Who knew???

(you all did, right?)

I then toasted the pecans in a dry copper skillet

and amazed myself even more.

It worked, and I didn’t walk off, even once,

to start a new project,

or dig in a drawer.

Phenergen cough medicine with codeine (I am into my second week of bronchitis)

has my mental/fantasy synapses clicking.

I used my purple nesting bowl Daughter #1 gave me from

Sur le Table

and the fantasy tripled.

At that point, I was a French chef.


After dumping  carefully layering the above ingredients,

(chilled tortellini, feta cheese, romaine lettuce, toasted pecans, and craisens)

I brought out my boyfriend Paul Newman’s

Balsamic Vinaigrette.


Way to go Picky Cook!


Anonymous said...

Loved Loved Loved reading your post. You are my kind of Chef.

Journey said...

Sounds heavenly - and oh, so easy. My favorite kind of cooking (Unless making reservations count!).

Thanks for sharing. I'll be trying this one very soon.

Unknown said...

I'm laughing so hard because I also hate to measure things. I always cook by instinct. lol

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds good - thanks for sharing.
If I took medicine with codeine in it, I would be curled up somewhere sound asleep - can't take that stuff. Hope you get better soon.
Thanks for stopping by. I stopped using glass baking dishes years ago, when I heard about some of them shattering like that.

oldgreymare said...

I will have to try this one..the picture stopped me cold, made me back up and read..and I am on my way to the market now..yippee


June said...

Laura you are too funny. I will be trying this yummy salad soon. Thanks for the instructions (or how we all say in blogland)tutorial))
Get better soon and off the cough meds.LOL!
sending hugs...

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, you did good! Real good! Looks fantastic!

Unknown said...

That looks delicious and relatively simple! Hope you feel better SOON! It's too HOT to be sick!

NanaDiana said...

Stop It! He IS NOT your boyfriend- He belongs to me....And DON'T be turning his head with that wonderful food you made either. Hey-while your're SICK how about sending your BOYFRIEND over husband won't mind......m.u.c.h. xo Diana

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh, now I want some of this one!

Sandra said...

Yes, that's my kind of recipe! So what time are we eating? :-). XOXO said...

This salad looks great-with all my favs too! I can totally relate to cooking something and stepping away for what's supposed to be 'just a second'...oops. Glad I'm not alone.

Tks for sharing.

Stacey said...

No measuring and yummy ingredients - what more could you want?

Deb said...

that is my kind of cooking.....slinging...

Karen said...

And you forgot to say one thing... it was DELICIOUS!! And how would I know??? I was one of the lucky women who got to dip into this fabulous salad. Yummmm!!!
Ladybug Creek

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Thanks so much, this looks delicious, I'll be making this for our family this weekend. Lidy

Beeutiful by Design said...

Yummy! Hope you feel better soon - summer is no time to be sick!

suzieQ said...

This looks like something I would adore and your instructions are spot on! When the ingredients are so yummy, you can sling. I love my daughter to pieces but I CANNOT for the life of me understand how she doesn't agree with me that Paul Newman was a handsome man. Crazy! When I was younger and lusting after him, it kind of shocked me when I realized he was the same age as my FATHER. Spooky.


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