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Hi, my name is Beverly, and I am a Pinterest addict.  I have one or two quilting boards, of course, but I’ve been trying to avoid adding a recipe board.  One recipe tempted me, and I pinned it to my newly created category. (With pinterest, it is too easy to have important pictures/information in one place that is accessible from any location.)

Without further ado, here is the recipe, Broccoli Pasta Salad:

Ingredients 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 (16-oz.) package farfalle (bow-tie) pasta 1 pound fresh broccoli 1 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup diced red onion 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved 8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.   2. Prepare pasta according to package directions.   3. Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small pieces using tip of a paring knife. Peel away tough outer layer of stems, and finely chop stems.   4. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add broccoli, hot cooked pasta, and grapes, and stir to coat. Cover and chill 3 hours. Stir bacon and pecans into salad just before serving.

I was merrily preparing the recipe, well not totally merrily,  there was no skipping involved.  I had the pecans baking, the pasta boiling.   I used my new favorite mayo-low fat cracked pepper .  I was ready to measure out the red wine vinegar when I discovered there was NO red wine vinegar in any of the three cabinets that hold our spices.  It must be the ONLY vinegar we didn’t own.  I had many options to use as a substitute.

Which would  you have used?  We have balsamic vinegar in a large bottle, and two  small bottles.  Neil’s new favorite vinegar is white balsamic vinegar.  Janice insisted I buy champagne vinegar for a recipe she thought I’d like.  I had no idea there were so many varieties of rice wine vinegar…white rice vinegar, spiced rice vinegar and natural rice vinegar.  Then there is the typical vinegar-apple cider vinegar.  In case we run out of the other vinegars, we have a gallon of distilled white vinegar.  Oh, and if worse comes to worse, there is a bottle of white wine that has been in the garage refrigerator for a few months that could probably used as vinegar.

Hi, my name is Beverly, and I am a Pinterest  vinegar addict.  Just in case you have red wine vinegar, I highly recommend the recipe, it was delicious!



Written by bevanddara

August 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Posted in Food

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