Food for Fuel

Yesterday and today were very busy with a lot of food preparation – thankfully my mom came up to help… I couldn’t have done it without her. Lee, Brad’s dad came out from Texas to do the Santa Barbara Century ride today – it was awesome. Not only did they finish their 100 km in a good time, they had the stamina to hang out in our courtyard for a good five hours visiting with our friends & family. All in all, a pretty good day but it’s safe to say that everyone is pretty tired.

Although I did a lot of cooking, I have to recognize my dad for AMAZING tri-tip. I don’t care what anyone says, no one’s tri-trip is better than my dad’s. In addition to tri-tip, we had:

chicken skewers

pinto beans

rice casserole

corn & flour tortillas

chips, salsa, guacamole, queso

fruit salad

green salad

cold pasta salad – this is yummy (I’ll post the recipe below)

celery & carrots

pumpkin cheesecake

chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting – I cannot get enough of this frosting- mmmmmmmm!

A lot of food, a lot of fun, friends, family… what a great day. And congratulations to Carl, Kevin and Lee. And Brad, you did awesome – I am so proud of you. Maybe I’ll do it with you next year… maybe.

Cold Pasta Salad

Noodles (linguine, rotini… anything you want)

Zesty Italian Dressing

Salad Supreme


Black Olives


Sun-dried tomatoes

Cook pasta, as directed, coat with zesty italian dressing and salad supreme; refrigerate overnight. The following day, add more dressing, as needed and add chopped veggies and cheese. You can use the veggies of your choice the ones I listed above are my personal favs. This cold pasta dish is always a favorite and easy to make.


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