My brother Brett and his wife Julie can cook. When you go to a family gather that they are hosting, there is more food than you can shake a stick at. I was always asking for a recipe for this or that. Their desserts are out of this world!
When we got married Brett and Julie gave us a unique and treasured gift. They gathered all their favorite recipes and made a cookbook for us. Not only that, each dish comes with a picture. My niece Gabby scrap-booked the index pages. They added extra sleeves for us to add to the cookbook. A lovely note wishing us well on the inside cover. Weights and measurements and other tips throughout the book. . To go with our love of Halloween my brother added an image of a skull on the spine of the cookbook. He told me that it would make it easy for me to find it amongst my cookbooks.
Let me tell you this family did a TON of work. We were both touched at the amount of time it must have taken to make this. Recipes from appetizers to desserts. Julie also included two recipes that are family secrets. I’m not allowed to share them with a soul. It made me feel warm and fuzzy that she would include those as well.
Tonight after work I had an urge for their Salami Pasta Salad. We have made this several times and its wonderful. A great dish to bring to a potluck or just have for lunch. It’s always better the next day. Last night I whipped up a batch so we could take some to work tomorrow. This is a recipe I can share without fear of being maimed.
Salami Pasta Salad
- 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
- 8 oz. hard salami, cubed
- 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 4 tsp. minced fresh oregano or 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 4 tsp. minced fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried basil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Transfer to a large bowl; add salami, parsley and onions.
- In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar and seasonings. Drizzle over pasta mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving add, stir in Parmesan cheese.
If you end up trying this, I would love to hear what you think.