Saturday:) So What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

19 Oct

Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.

Wolfgang Puck


The skies were clear and the temperatures perfect this morning. I took Bella for a walk around the pond, soaking up the crisp morning air, before running errands.

I went to the bank, cleaners, grocery store, then met Helene for lunch at Anamia’s Tex-Mex. We sat outside and enjoyed the afternoon. Helene spent her morning making potato salad for a couple of functions we were both invited to. I had to go home and start my macaroni marathon. (Not really macaroni. More like pasta salad.)

I figured if I was invited to two different pot luck gatherings, I’d make the same thing for both. I’m used to cooking mass quantities.

So, I started off with two pounds of mini pene pasta. While that was boiling, I cut up several pounds of broccoli, eight Roma tomatoes, and diced some red onion. (Onions are very sharp, so I always microwave or sauté a minute to ease up on the sharpness.)

When the pasta was drained, I added a pound bag of frozen peas. This also helps the pasta cool faster. Because I had so much and needed to stir, I used two big mamma Tupperware bowls. I added an entire bag of shredded Colby Jack cheese, an entire bottle of ranch dressing and Italian dressing, and about 1/2 cup of Mayonnaise. Then, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

I had to scooch (technical cooking term) half of the pasta mixture onto half the side of the broccoli tomato mixture, and reverse. This way I had room to toss and mix. When all was said and done, I was able to squeeze both mixtures into one big bowl, filled to the brim.

Now, to find room in the fridge. 🤦‍♀️ That is the biggest challenge. Wish me luck.

So, that’s what’s cookin’ here. I need to get out for an evening walk, and maybe catch the sunset.

Happy Saturday, my friends. 🙋

3 Responses to “Saturday:) So What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?”

  1. The city of Mercy October 20, 2019 at 9:23 am #

    Toni, you shouldn’t tell me you got all this to yourself and few others, you must be very well prepared to feed more with this, great look, great dish and surely great taste…I know you will feed the nation one day.thanks you share this.

    • toniandrukaitis October 21, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

      Thank you for the kind words. I do love to cook. Pasta salad tastes even better the next day. So, I’m able to share with my senior friends at the country dance, and my local fire station. So, I had enough for four different potluck meals, 🤗

      • The city of Mercy October 21, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

        This is extremely nice of you,a giver’s hand will always be on top…

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