Thursday, August 30, 2012

Corn on the Cob

Another "I want to not forget this"... A friend at work told me you can cook corn on the cob in the microwave.  It works well, I like the method.  Here's how:  Leave the corn in the husk.  Cut off the hard bottom 'stalk stump'.  Cook on high for 2 - 5 minutes depending on size of ear (maybe more like 3 - 5).  Let sit in microwave several minutes.  Remove and peel away the husk.  I think it peels away much eaiser than when un-cooked -- it falls away nicely and the stringy things are wilty and stick together more, making less of a mess. 

I like to cut the corn off the cob.  I have to let it sit for a while longer to cool enough that I can grasp the ear to cut the corn off.   Holds its heat!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pasta Salad

I wanted to have a record of this one and not forget it.

2+ cups of pasta -- I used rotini/fusilli
almost 1 full diced green pepper, diced up small
1 sweet pepper, diced up small
about 1/8 cup diced onion
1 medium tomato, chopped
about 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
about 2 Tbsp olive oil
about 4 Tbsp Garlic Expressions salad dressing
1/8 - 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta.  When it has cooled, add the olive oil and stir it in.  Add all remaining ingredients except the salad dressing and mix them in.  Add the salad dressing 1 Tbsp at a time and stir. Keep adding gradually until everything's well-coated but not so much that the dressing wants to pool at the bottom.  (Garlic Expressions is a garlic-y oil-and-vinegar type dressing with other herbs and spices.)