Pasta Salad and a Growing Family

If I was told 10 years ago we would be trying to shoe horn 12 family members round the table I would have thought that person was crazy.  My sister was getting ready to walk down the aisle and I was single.  It was just the five of us including my aunt.  7 years ago my eldest nephew was born.  Since then I’ve met my husband and my kids and my sister had two more children.  Seems unbelievable how our family has grown.

This past Sunday we all got together to celebrate my eldest nephew’s birthday.  My sister asked me to make a salad. I chose to make a pasta salad as parts of it could be made the day before and then quickly assembled at her place.  Helpful as it is a 2 1/2 hour drive to get there.  Plus it can feed a lot of people as we had our family and my brother-in-law’s family as well.

I cooked up the cheese pasta the day before and lightly coated it with olive oil because there is nothing worse than pasta sticking in great big clumps.

When I got to my sister’s I added feta cheese, chopped peppers, sundried tomatoes, and kalamata olives.   I dressed it with balsamic vinaigrette.   And it’s ready to serve!  A very easy but tasty dish for big gatherings.

Pasta salad 1 2013


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