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Recipe: Campanelle Pasta Salad with Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Campanelle” is an Italian word that means little flowers or little bells. It’s also the name of one of my favorite Barilla pasta shapes, ever! Anything that you add to them gets trapped in the folds, so that every bite yields a burst of flavor.

With summertime cooking, I wanted to make a really fresh, easy pasta salad for my two Farmers Markets that I’m doing this season — every Wednesday at The Nutrition Center in Great Barrington, and the 1st and 3rd Saturday right here in Hillsdale.

Viva Italia! Pasta Salad
Viva Italia! Pasta Salad

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Recipe: Citrus Garlic Asparagus

Springtime and summer bring all sorts of yummy green veggies for us to enjoy with minimal fuss! Try this recipe with long spears of asparagus (my favorite), or use fresh, green/yellow vegetables like:

Citrus Garlic Asparagus

• broccoli florets
• broccoli rabe
• string beans
• yellow string beans
• sugarsnap peas
• cauliflower florets

The key to this dish is the light, citrus/garlic taste of Tangy Citrus spice blend by Your Spice of Life.

There are 2 methods of preparing this:

You can sautee the fresh vegetable in olive oil until tender, then toss it with the spice blend (in the pan) at the end

 or

You can quickly steam the vegetable, and toss it with a dressing made of olive oil whisked with the spice blend.

I am not listing amounts because it will depend on how much veggie you used, and how strong you want the flavoring to be. In general, remember to start with a little spice — maybe one teaspoon — , taste the dish, then add more if it needs it.

A dash of your favorite sea salt and maybe a grind of fresh pepper will finish the dish!

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