12/10/06

Artichoke Salad

We returned home late last Saturday night from being gone on a lengthy vacation. My plans of grocery shopping Sunday afternoon flew out the window when we had out of town guests that overstayed. Monday immediately following work was off to a different kind of store, picking up a child, making May baskets, delivering baskets, home to make dinner, drop off another child, home to finish making dinner and then off to pick up another child after a track meet. It was then almost 8:30 pm and all I wanted to do was take off my 'work clothes' and relax.

Now it's Tuesday and dinner time. I've not yet been to the grocery store since mid-April. What do I make? The freezer and refrigerator is almost bare. Let's see.........

Shrimp Scampi
Hash Brown casserole
Puff Pastry with Creme for dessert and......
Accidental Artichoke Salad

The salad is so yummy I can't stop 'snitching' it and I fear I am in no mood to eat the rest of the food made for dinner! I don't have a recipe and I just 'threw it together' but wanted to come online and write it down from memory for safe keeping and future reference.



Accidental Artichoke Salad

1 can artichoke bottoms, diced
6 oz. whole wheat spaghetti, broken into pieces and cooked as directed
2 garlic cloves, fresh minced
1/4 red pepper, julienned
balsamic dressing to taste
Italian dressing to taste
diced smoked provolone
4 oz. sliced black olives
1/4 c pesto

mix everything but the pasta and then toss in the drained, cooked pasta.

(I have homemade pesto in my freezer at all times. I had the provolone and red pepper also in the freezer, as I didn't want it to go bad while on vacation). YUM!

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