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Recipe: Greek Tortellini Salad

Needed a side dish for a tailgate party this weekend.  And came across this.  It was a hit.  Easy to make and transport.

Ingredients:

1 20 oz pkg refrigerated cheese tortellini

1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half.  (I used this method, super easy)

1 large cucumber, chopped

1 cup kalamata olives, pit removed and chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

3/4 [...]

And So It Ends. (Or Does It Begin?)

Last night the Washington Capitals were eliminated from the post-season for the first time since 2007.

Major Drama with the coach taking things that should stay private, to the media.  But this is nothing new for the Caps Organization.  For some reason players and front office staff like to run their mouths in the press.

So start [...]

Osso Buco with Fennel, Capers, Lime

Ingredients:

1 medium-size yellow onion, coarsely chopped

1 cup coarsely chopped fennel, about 1 bulb

2 veal shanks (about 1 lb) sawed crosswise into thick hunks  *Note – I used beef short ribs

2 tblsp all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

3 tblsp olive oil

2/3 cup Chardonnay

1 small lime, thinly sliced

2 tsp drained nonpareil capers

3 to 4 tblsp [...]

Foil-Baked Salmon with Corn & Lime

Ingredients:

1/4 cup corn kernels

1/4 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into small neat dice

2 tblsp chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 jalapeno chile, seeded and cut into small neat dice

salt and ground pepper to taste

2 tsp unsalted butter, cut into bits

1 lime wedge, plus 3 thin lime slices

1 skinless salmon fillet — 1/2 lb

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450F.

Put the [...]

Pearl Jam Radio

When I took my car into a new dealer that recently opened in the area for routine maintenance I had a great experience, and it was even better when they hooked me up with a free two month trial for SiriusXM radio.  PJ Radio here I come! I wish I spent more time in my [...]

Recipe: Polenta with Spinach and Peas

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup coarse grain polenta

1 1/2 Cup water

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup cooked spinach, broccoli, or chard

1/4 cup fresh or thawed English frozen peas

1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

1 to 2 tblsp grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Combine the polenta and water in a small saucepan.  Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking from time to time, to break [...]