Savannah Notes

“Hey ya’ll” from the beautiful old city of Savannah, GA! Life in the historic deep South is wonderfully relaxing (other than the work thing, of course). Every time I drive downtown or out to the islands, “I can’t believe I live here!” runs through my head!

Day off = beach

Savannah is truly as picturesque as its reputation claims. Gorgeous houses, churches dating back to the 1700’s, a boat-filled river front,… and the food! Don’t get me started. Home to Paula Deen (who, by the way, is impossible to see so don’t try), the Savannah Cookie Company, and fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, Savannah is not the place for weight-loss fanatics.

Thankfully my job requires constant activity, so I don’t feel too guilty about the occasional indulgence. Eating-out is not becoming a habit though! I finally have the biggest item on my wish list, and I am taking advantage of it. My little kitchen is sufficiently stocked with a crockpot, blender, mixer, pots, pans, and Pyrex. I don’t have a couch, but who needs that? Anywho.

Here is a fun little recipe I tried today. I try to make larger quantities than necessary so I have leftovers for work lunches. You might want to double this if you are making a dish for more than 4 people.

Summer Rotini Salad

4 C. water

2 C. rotini pasta

1/2 C. chopped black olives

1/2 C. black beans

1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 C. crumbled feta cheese

Add each of these to taste: red pepper, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper

Bring water to a boil and add rotini. Turn heat to just above medium and bring pasta back to a boil, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook until desired tenderness is reached. Turn off heat and drain pasta. Stir in olive oil, olives, and black beans. Add seasonings to taste and top off with the feta. This is great served warm right out of the pot, but I like to chill mine for an hour or so.

Sorry no pictures! It’s not the prettiest dish. For extra color, add pimentos or green pepper slices.

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The Mrs. G's

A mother-daughter project (our married names both begin with G) to rejuvenate our love of cooking and make meals creative and exciting! And now that I (mom) have discovered the Trim Healthy Mama way of cooking, I am trying to incorporate more healthful recipes!

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