Friday, September 24, 2010

Creamy Anti-Pasta Salad & The Versatile Blogger Award

Getting back into the swing of things, not to mention going over a ridiculous amount of new recipe ideas this anyone else excited about the Holidays?!!
Here's a fairly simple and easy recipe, one that happened by chance while I was on the road last week. It turned out to be something I continued to crave into this week, so I was quick to make it again. 
Creamy Anti-Pasta Salad 

Make ONE Batch of: Sweet Garlic Aioli
Make a HALF Batch of: Garlic Herb Ricotta
Mix/Whisk together your Aioli & Ricotta...
Make a big salad consisting of:
1 c Cauliflower - chopped
1 c White Onion - chopped
1 Lg Bell Pepper - chopped
2 Carrots - chopped
2 Med Tomatoes - chopped
Capers - to taste
Optional (for an awesome flavor punch):
Artichoke Hearts
Mix your salad and dressing together. Let it sit in the fridge for at least a half hour so the flavors can dance around's a veggie party in your fridge!
Enjoy this nommy salad on top of a bed of sprouts.
My lovely friend Lacey of The Kuntrageous Vegan(gotta love her for boasting such a bold blog name!) gave me a Versatile Blogger Award a little while ago and I'm so embarrassed that it's taken me this long to acknowledge it! Here goes nothing...just for you Lacey!
7 Things About Me You Don't Know:

1.  One of my biggest influences in life is my little Sister. I love her more than I can put to words, she helps keep my humor fresh, fuels my love for good new music, inspires me to make crazy food, and has played a vital role in my personal growth over these last few years. Plus she's just freaking brilliant.

2. I haven't had the chance to travel a lot in my life - but some of my favorite destinations are the small coastal towns in California. Mendocino and Occidental being the top two thus far.
I dream about owning a small cabin in the sleepy little town of Mendocino someday.
Visit Howard's Cafe in Occidental if you're ever in the area - it's TRAIN themed!

3. I have a very intense love of Trains - anyone who knows me knows this - but no one really knows how deep my love of trains runs. I have a Steam Engine tattoo on my forearm, a Train themed sitting room, and if I had my way, every single out of town destination would revolve around some kind of train related activity. Seriously you guys. I love TRAINS.

4. I am the biggest daydreamer I know. 
I could spend an hour sitting in the sunshine wishing that it was normal to burst out in song and dance at any given moment. I love trips to the grocery store and smiling at strangers in the produce section. I try to wear rose-colored glasses wherever I go, and I really believe that every day holds some kind of new and exciting adventure.

5. My least favorite food is: Eggplant! I hate the stuff...but I'm hell bent on changing this. Any advice is welcome! This is my only successful recipe involving Eggplant.

6. My all time favorite food is: Zucchini!

 7. I don't think of myself as being a very exciting person. I don't drink, I don't do drugs, and my idea of fun (has changed greatly from even just a couple of years ago) is a big cup of sun tea, good conversation, and good food.

Almost forgot - I have to pass this on to 5 awesome bloggers. Here's who I'm thinking about right now:

Marci of Pumpkin Spice. Seriously one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. My blogging sister-from-another-mister. Love you Marci.

Caitlin of The Hardcore Herbivore. My blogging kid sis - Caitlin is the sharpest foodie/photographer I know, and I also owe her a lot of thanks for some kick ass recipe inspiration.

Griffen of Friendly Eating. I haven't known Griffen for very long but I really love his blog and look forward to reading every entry.

Greg & Kristen of The Casual Vegan. Two amazing People with a passion for green-living, and raising a beautiful little bundle of joy. I'm honored to know this duo, and proud to call them my friends.

Nikki of Yummy Raw Kitchen. I really like this girl, and I hope some day to meet her in person. Also, she makes some really wicked yummy looking food.



  1. siostra, i love you! you're amazing. i'm so proud to have you to look up to. (:

  2. oh hey, i was surprised to see my name at the bottom! i will post 7 things about me as well.. =) =)

    i love the anti-pasta salad, i might have to try that this week.

    i love your number 7, but your not boring you are alive. and you are feeling all of the wonderful vibrations life has to offer. sobriety is the best way to internalize everything around you. i've been straight edge since i was 17 and i feel so grateful to remember and cherish every moment of life. and for your 6 thats one of my favorites as well, i put zucchini in all of my salads!

  3. Yay! We seem to have a lot in common Griffen :)


  4. The best part about finding new blogs is subscribing to them so you can read them week after week. Thanks for the links =)