I don't know...
Am I even technically a blogger anymore?
I just don't have any blogging umph.
Could be because we are wasting all of our evenings getting through the first 3 seasons of Friday Night Lights. We should be done with it tonight and then we can finally resume our normal lives.
I am loving this summer though! We've been playing outside and frequenting our nearby wading pool that I somehow didn't even know existed until this summer. Henry loves it and Harper just likes it, but it is so fun!
We're having dinner guests over this weekend and on the menu is falafels and roasted-pepper pasta salad. I've been dying to make it ever since it appeared on the cover of the most recent FoodNetwork magazine.
I think I'll give it a test run tonight.
Yummy...I can not wait to get it in my tummy!
12 ounces mezzi rigatoni or other short tube-shaped pasta
2 bell peppers (red and/or yellow), halved, stemmed and seeded
6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
1/4 cup almonds
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces bocconcini (small mozzarella balls) (I'm going to use feta cheese instead)
1 bunch fresh basil, leaves torn
Freshly ground pepper
Preheat the broiler. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Shake off the excess water.
Meanwhile, place the bell peppers cut-side down on a foil-lined broiler pan, add the garlic and broil until charred, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer the peppers to a bowl, cover and set aside about 5 minutes.
Heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Add the almonds and toast, shaking the pan, 4 to 5 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.
Squeeze the garlic from its skin onto a cutting board. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt; mince and mash the garlic into a paste with a large knife. Peel the roasted peppers and slice into strips; transfer to a large bowl. Add the garlic paste and drizzle with the olive oil. Finely grate about 1 teaspoon lemon zest into the bowl and squeeze in all of the lemon juice. Add the bocconcini, basil, almonds, pasta, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; toss.
Doesn't it sound so yummy??!
Maybe I'll actually get around to posting some pictures of the outcome.
And of my kiddos.
And maybe of some other fun stuff.
Happy Tuesday everyone!