Oslo- That recipe looks interesting. I’ll have to try it out when I’m feeling ambitious. Thanks for the link!
This is what I ended up with for the pasta salad:
red bell pepper
crappy cow’s milk feta (I didn’t have time to drive out to Kansas to get the good stuff)
I cooked the pasta and dressed it lightly with balsamic & olive oil, salt & pepper, oregano, celery and onions while it was still warm. I figure the heat would mellow out the onions and ever so slightly soften the celery. I prepped the red onion and cucumbers (seeded and rough chop). I didn’t want the salt to leach out the water in the cukes or red pepper- don’t want to end up with a mess of pink juice at the bottom of the bowl.
I’ll halve the tomatoes, rough chop the artichokes and add more olive oil and balsamic this morning, a couple hours before the picnic. Just before we leave, I’ll fold in the feta and add seasonings if needed. It’ll end up a very tasty and pretty salad, I’m sure.
[off topic hijack]It’s quite possible that we’ll have a turnout of over a hundred people… relatives I’ve never met in my life. My mom dropped by last night to give us our Alexopoulos Family Reunion t-shirts. The shirts are printed with a wonderful old sepia tone portrait of my great grandparents with their nine children, ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years. They came out great![/OTH]
Thanks to all of you who helped me on this recipe. I do apologize that I didn’t use everyone’s ideas, but be assured that I will eventually try them out.