give THIS pasta salad a try!

so, i frequently check out to see what the pioneer woman has been up to…what she’s been cooking. if i could i would probably try 95% of her recipes. they are all just simply divine.

i saw this recipe for THIS pasta salad the other day and went right out and got myself some smoked gouda, and the adobo peppers, the only ingredients i was missing. i mean i had cherry tomatoes and basil from the garden so WHY NOT make it?

i whipped it up, gave a taste test…ok maybe a few and put it in the fridge. i sent it work with geoffrey the next day and he said it was the best pasta salad he had ever had. actually i think he used the word ‘awesome’! he has had many pasta salads over the years and just doesn’t care for them.

i liked this one because even though it called for mayo it wasn’t laden with bunch of it. your traditional macaroni and potato salads just have too much and i don’t want all the fat. this one i knew would be bursting with a melody of flavors!

every once in awhile the pioneer woman invites people to their lodge on their ranch in OK for a weekend of cooking. that would be something!

so, you take a look at this delicious recipe and i am going to go make some blueberry crepes! the love my life has requested them so…off i go! scratch that…the pie is first! i forgot. silly me!

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cheese

cheese. boy do i love good cheese. i used to stay away from fancy, strong flavored, weird flavored cheeses. like brie, i don’t know why but i had never a desire to try it. when i became a smith i tried it. i love it especially warmed with blueberries over the top paired with a simple cracker. yum! geoffrey and i enjoy this now and then for a late night snack.

i always liked bleu cheese dressing. now i can eat blue cheese all by itself!

and gorgonzola cheese. i’ve had it before on salad. i just now was eating it all by itself! basically its a bleu cheese. i guess i didn’t realize that. i thought it was a white crumbly cheese. its so strong and so delicious!

growing up in vermont, we ate some good sharp cheddar cheese. hmmm, hmmm! i remember shopping one day and i wanted some good sharp cabot cheese. i just couldn’t find it. while perusing the speciality cheese section i found it! duh, this is texas. cabot cheese is a speciality cheese down here! nothing like a good homemade mac and cheese with cabot extra sharp cheese! my mouth is watering…

the other day while shopping at georgia’s farm to market i picked up a rosemary & olive ricotta cheese from dairy goat haven. i can’t wait to try it on top of my homemade olive oil crackers! maybe tonight geoffrey and i will need a little snack when we return from church.

gouda…smoked gouda. i haven’t had that in awhile.

there is this delicious cheese we discovered some time ago. my mother in law found it. its a white cheese that has cranberries in it and is divine! comes in a wedge. i can’t remember the name of it but it starts with a ‘w’.

and feta. oh boy do i love feta! last time i made this i sprinkled some feta on top. heavenly.

that’s my thoughts about cheese at this moment. it all started with a few bites of that gorgonzola cheese! now i’m off to bake my bread.