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Menu Plan for the week of August 9, 2013:  Tuesday's Recipes

Cobb Pasta Salad

Cooking time:  25 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       A slight tweak on a Cobb Salad, but, in my kitchen, any lettuce salad can be converted to a pasta salad.  Since the season for lettuce is rather short, this theory works well for the rest of the summer.  No barbecue grill needed for this meal. I like smoked turkey breast for this - but rarely find it.

Cobb Pasta Salad

Total time: 25 minutes 
   This is not a traditional pasta salad. With lots of vegetables and big chunks of ham, cheese and egg, no one will mistake this for a small side dish.  I didn't thoroughly cool the beans.  As I wanted them to retain a bit of warmth I just rinsed lightly.

Cobb Pasta Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl, whisk, medium saucepan, strainer, pot for
pasta, colander, small saucepan with lid

Put pot of water on high heat for pasta
Cook eggs
Heat water for beans
Top, tail and cut beans
Slice ham
Cut cheese
Slice pepper

Cut tomatoes
Mind the eggs
Blanch beans
Start to cook pasta
Make vinaigrette
Drain beans and rinse
Mind the eggs
Cut avocado
Cool, peel and chop eggs
Tear basil if needed
Drain pasta, put into serving bowl
Assemble salad and serve