Sunday, February 6, 2011

A New Name & New Attitude at Kimberly's e--Klectics SUNDAY BRUNCH

Hello and welcome to Kimberly's EcleKtics, my new and appropriately named blog.

Most of you know me as an author, public speaker and writing teacher. What you may (or may not) know is that I have a variety of other interests which include, but are not limited to: health, alternative healing, food and wine, beading and yarn crafts, picnics and pets, metaphysical topics and penny pinching. Okay, a little bit of everything, hence the name,
"e-Klectics." (I threw in the "K" because of my name.)

Because my interests are so varied, I decided to dedicate my blog not only to the discussion of books, poetry, and the craft of writing as has been the norm this past year, but to include all these fabulously hot subjects that we're ALL interested in.

So for today's "Sunday Brunch" I'm going to begin with food and wine and include my special recipe for a healthful pasta salad and favorite wine pairing.

Weekend Brunch Pasta Salad

1 16 oz. pkg tri-color spiral pasta, cooked and drained. (Do not overcook the pasta. You want it a bit firmer. Also, after draining, toss with 2 to 3 TBS. of olive oil so it will not stick together. Allow to completely cool).

To the cooked, cooled pasta, add:

1 TBS. Italian Seasoning
1/2 bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing, any brand.
3 Cups of washed baby spinach, or torn leaf spinach
2 cups of whole cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup of grated parmesan/romano cheese blend or crumbled feta cheese (I like cheese so you can use more according to your personal taste)

Toss gently and refrigerate 2 hours so the flavors can marinate.

Wine Pairing:

With the vegetarian version of this salad you can go with either a red or white wine. A nice, semi dry red wine served at room temperature (which goes wonderful with almost anything) or a chilled chardonnay are my favorites. St. Genevieve Red (NOT the sweet red) is a good, economical choice for a group gathering as is Sutter Home Chardonnay.

You can add croissants, a sliced melon and berry compote, or quiche to round out your Sunday Brunch. If you are a meat lover, add some shrimp cocktail and crab spread on the side and serve white wine, either chardonnay, Reisling, or Mimosas (champagne & orange juice).

This is especially nice for family brunch gatherings or special occasions when you want something fancier than traditional morning fare.

Bon appetit'

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