At last I am posting again. It feels so good! April is always a busy month around my house. We have three birthdays and our wedding anniversary all within a 10 day period. Even though my kids are grown, I still try to make a special dinner for them the Sunday following their birthday and the whole family gets together for the celebration.
Traditionally, we have a silly little birthday candle that plays Happy Birthday and we use it on everyone’s birthday cake or chosen birthday treat. It is one of those cheap little candles that is sold next to the birthday supplies in the grocery store. We used to have a favorite one that played a seriously pathetic, outrageously off-key rendition of Happy Birthday. We would all laugh and laugh and sing Happy Birthday as off-key as possible along with the candle.
Following one birthday we lost the candle and I had to buy another one. It played on key and we were so disappointed. We keep on using it, hoping that it will eventually start to wear out and falter just like our old favorite candle. So far, no luck, but we have high hopes that if we keep using it long enough it will one day sound as pathetic as did our first candle.
Amidst the birthdays in the past couple of weeks, we have had quite a few other events, too. It made for a hectic month and I finally just had to take a break from the blog. I’m not one of those people who has planned posts for several weeks or months in advance. It would be nice to be that organized and there was a time in my life when I was far more organized than I am now. Sad, but true.
To take a break from all of the birthday partying, we got together with two couples, who are our best friends, this past Friday night…and had a casual bring-your-own-meat barbecue. I was assigned to bring a salad, so I brought two salads: one was an old favorite, Baked Potato Salad, and the other one was this Tortellini Salad with Toasted Garlic Vinaigrette. I used my friends as guinea pigs for the tortellini salad and they gave it two thumbs up. These are the kind of friends that are honest in their opinions and without hesitation would have told me to go back to the drawing board if they had not liked the salad. I made the salad again Saturday and made a couple of changes…for instance, I actually measured the ingredients. The first time I made it, the salad was an experiment and I just added things as I went along. Since the first salad got the go-ahead, I figured I’d better get the recipe down on paper, which meant that I actually had to measure the ingredients instead of eye-balling it. Unless I am baking, I generally don’t really measure anything. Most people are probably that way, too, especially where salads, main courses, and vegetables are concerned.
- For best flavor and results, I recommend using a fresh, refrigerated tortellini. I used a fresh, refrigerated seven cheese tri-colored tortellini from Olivieri, which I found at Costco. I am NOT being compensated by Olivieri for stating their brand name; I mention it merely because I am very pleased with the quality of their product and flavor for this salad.
- Because I buy in bulk and have products on hand for several recipes, some of the measurements in this recipe are in cups or portions of cups, rather than in size of can or jar.
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