Hello, and welcome.
I would like to inform you that I AM MOVING.
...well, sort of. I have started a new blog, Oui Crochet, that focuses just on crochet, crochet patterns, and crochet resources. I am in the process of building it up as a one stop shop for all things crochet, and I am very excited about it. I hope you will come over and check out my progress. :)
I will be moving my patterns from this site, to my new site. My idea is to leave this site active, so that you can still access other aspects of this site. I will also leave a modified "introduction" post where each pattern is on this site, as to keep all links active and make it so that you can easily locate the pattern's new home. As an added bonus, you will also find new printable/downloadable versions of my patterns.
I apologize for any inconvenience, but I assure you, this change is a positive one. I look forward to seeing you at Oui Crochet.
Happy Crocheting!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Surprise Recipe Swap: Turnips 2 Tangerines

It's Surprise recipe swap time! If you don't know what the Surprise Recipe Swap is, you can hop on over to Hungry Little Girl and visit our wonderful host, Jutta, and read more about it.
This month, I was paired up with an exciting food blog called Turnips 2 Tangerines, and let me tell you... if you are a foodie, you are going to want to put this site on your reading list! There are so many yummy looking recipes, complete with beautiful pictures!

As I scrolled through the recipe box, I noticed quite a variety of recipes. With the weather getting warmer, I finally decided on a Tortellini Salad.
Okay... I love tortellini, so that helped, too.
Another thing that really caught my eye was the fact that this is a mayonnaise-free recipe.
I don't do mayo.
I just... don't.
I knew this salad would be the perfect thing, and it was!

I made a couple of slight changes to the recipe based on what I had on hand, and personal taste. I made it a meatless version, too. Don't get me wrong... I have nothing against meat. I love meat. I just didn't have any dry salami at the time.
I accidentally bought only one bag of tortellini, so I cut the recipe in half. The salad was quick to make, and very easy. The hardest part is waiting for it to chill.
I have to admit... I did sneak a small bowl before it chilled. I couldn't help myself.
But it was better cold.
It was even better the next day, after the flavors had a chance to meld. Yum!

Tortellini Salad
(Adapted from Tortellini Salad by Turnips 2 Tangerines)
What You Need:
1 pkg. (9 oz) cheese tortellini
1/3 cup shredded carrot
3 green onions, sliced
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
25 (or so) large black olives, halved
2 Tablespoons pine nuts
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons zesty Italian dressing
2 Tablespoons pesto
fresh basil leaves, torn

What You Do:
  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Put the tortellini in a large serving bowl, and mix in remaining ingredients.
  3. Chill for several hours (preferably overnight), before serving.

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  1. This sounds awesome. I agree, I don't often do mayo either. Great pick.

  2. Yum! This looks like something we would love! Pinning to try later :)

  3. Hi~ Thanks so for trying my Tortellini Salad~ I agree, the longer this salad sits the better:) It's a great salad to take to a summer bbq~ Another thing I like about salads is, you can make them any way you want:) Have a great week and it was great to meet you;) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines


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