While Debbi is known to whip up complicated gourmet meals of multiple courses, some of her best creations are three steppers:
1. Open the pantry.
2. What is in there.
One of the most requested recipes from mom's memorial was for Debbi's pasta salad. It was not a surprise when she answered the request with what I call "road map" instructions
"Like most good things, there is no recipe...Lots of chicken, cut up; pasta, hard boiled eggs, pickles, onions, olives, mayo."
It is oldest son "Reza's favorite and as soon as the weather gets a little warm, we have it for dinner many nights."
Salt and seasoned pepper unsaid. A sea of good dinners glimmer ahead. Substitutions swam in my head- tuna for chicken. Scallions for the onion. Colors fly- sweet red bell pepper for red, Italian parsley for green. Side dishes synchronize for lazy evenings ahead- ripe melon, Caesar salad. Lemonade.
When you are "In the Mood" for summer pasta, what do you like? Send us your road map. Please.
Images by Gene Sasse. Used with Permission.
The buxom red tea rose is aptly named "In the Mood". She is the love child of R. City of San Francisco and R. Olympiad - a pair brought together by horticultural matchmaker Tom Carruth of Weeks Roses.