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  • Michelle Schwartz

Finding My Inner Chef & Other Kitchen Adventures

This week I suddenly had an urge to cook and bake. I know I own a spice shop and this

should be a constant for me. But it's not. I'm more of a mow-the-lawn, work-in-the-barn type. So,

when I get these urges I act on them immediately. Here is one dish I made this week.

Pasta Salad with Asparagus & Red Bell Peppers

Step 1:

- 1 1/2lb. asparagus, trimmed & cut to 2" lengths (we had some in our garden! Yay!)

- 3 large red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded & cut into 1 1/2" pieces (or green if you prefer or both if you feel spunky)

- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

*Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, combine these three ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss to fully coat the vegetables. Transfer the coated vegetables to a baking sheet and roast until tender and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Let these cool. I transferred them to a different bowl so they would cool a little faster.

Step 2:

-1 minced garlic clove ( I used garlic powder to taste.)

-1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest

-1/4 cup lemon juice from 2 lemons ( I used bottled.)

-3/4 tsp. salt

-1/2 cup olive oil

- 4 quarts water

-1 lb. fusilli or farfalle pasta

**In a large bowl, whisk together the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt. Season with pepper to taste, then whisk in the olive oil in a slow, steady stream until smooth. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Then add the pasta and cook about 11 minutes, stirring often. Drain pasta. Re-whisk the dressing and add:

- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese ( I used Nutritional Yeast.)

-3 tbsp. chopped chives (Found some in the garden...SCORE!)

-vegetables you prepared earlier

to the bowl and toss to mix thoroughly. Let the salad cool and serve at room temperature. I ate it while it was warm and that was delicious as well!

Step 3:

Enjoy with family, friends or eat it all yourself!

**This is NOT my recipe but I did make some changes to it because we didn't have some of the ingredients.

Be sure to visit our bulk section to find garlic powder, salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast flakes. ( I am not able to connect a link for some reason so you will have to do it the old-fashioned way. My apologies.)

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