Monthly Archives: April 2015

Avocado Pasta Salad

Mick handed me a stone last night and asked me to sit with him on the back deck.  I was reluctant at first as I was immersed in a number of projects. . . One thing I’ve learned this year however, is just exactly how rare it is for my middle schooler to actually request time together!  These sacred moments are few and far between.  “Come on mom, just for a few minutes.”  So, stone in hand I grabbed my jacket and followed him out the door.  We sat at the edge of the deck, under the stars.  He told me the stone I was holding was a Jasper, a nurturing stone, good for grounding.  “I just feel like you need some grounding mom.”  I chuckled, kinda like r i g h t,  but mostly, in amazement that my kid is so in touch.

Anne Lamott (one of my very favorite writers) wrote a book called; Help Thanks Wow, The Three Essential Prayers.  I thought a lot about Anne’s book last night, and how spot-on Mick was.  I did need some grounding.  It seems I’m praying ‘Help’ a lot these days . . . . so many people in my life need things . . . . hope, healing, courage, joy . . . . prayers.  Food.

Food grounds me.  The rhythm of three meals a day . . . .  coming back to the table for nourishment.  Right now our table is messy.  The other day at supper we were all eating something different and we were squeezed in between the laptop, spelling book, mail and PK’s golf magazine!  There are days, this would absolutely make me crazy, but that night I just smiled, as I reminded myself that we had all made it to the table.  Grounding.

We’ve entered our growing season!!  Mick’s been busy with seedlings and greens (see picture below) and the Farmer’s Market opens in just 15 days!    I’m looking forward to checking back in with all the farmers, picking out herbs for my pots and week by week, the flavors of the season . . . . Grounding.

I found this dish towel at a spice shop in Wisconsin a few weeks ago and it seems to capture best what’s been going on  lately.  We’re bringing people food, lots of salads . . . . sometimes a meatloaf.  I asked Mick if I could hold onto the Jasper for awhile.  He just smiled.  When life gets messy and everything seems upside down, when people are waiting for answers, hope and healing . . . . I do what I know to do.  I pray, I cook and I bring the food . . . . nourishment.  And I too find hope, healing, courage and joy . . . .    DSCN4310

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DSCN4304We made this salad in cooking class a few weeks back!  It’s delicious!  Be sure to work the vinaigrette to your own flavor preference (we used additional honey to balance the dijon) – and drizzle lightly!   Enjoy!

Avocado Pasta Salad
1 Pound Penne Pasta, cooked and cooled (we used Gluten Free)
1 Cup Sugar Snap Peas, cut in half (or Snow Peas)
3 green onions, chopped
1 Red Pepper, diced into larger bites
1 Yellow Pepper, diced into larger bites
2 Ripe Avocados, cut into cubes
1/4 Cup Parsley, chopped

Vinaigrette
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard
1/4 Cup Honey (+ more to taste)
1/4 Cup, Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tsp Fresh Tarragon, Chopped
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine.

Combine the pasta, sugar snap peas, green onions, red and yellow peppers, avocado and parsley in a bowl and toss lightly with the vinaigrette.
Season to taste. Enjoy!

Recipe Gently Adapted From:
California Avocado Commission
Author, Gerry S.
Californiaavocado.com