Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gathering Walnuts...GREAT RECIPE

Whole-Wheat Pasta with Walnuts and Feta Cheese


  • 1/2 pound whole-wheat fusilli or other spiral shaped pasta
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain the pasta, rinse it under cold water, and put it in the refrigerator to chill.

In a dry saute pan toast the walnuts over a medium-high flame until they are fragrant, about 2 minutes. Set the walnuts aside to cool then chop them coarsely.

In a large bowl, toss together the chilled pasta, walnuts, feta cheese, onion, and spinach. In a small bowl whisk the oil, vinegar, garlic and mustard. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Last weekend we had our annual "Gathering of the Walnuts Day." It was a crisp clear Fall day, we loaded up buckets in the Rhino and with 3 dogs in tow we headed out to the old barn.

Every year we have done this fun task, but I do not think we have ever used a one!! That is very sad, if anyone has suggestions please let me know.

Last year we collected buckets full, Randy put them in the barn and the squirrels promptly stole them all!!

My husband believes that we need to put the on the driveway and run over them, breaking the outer shell and then we can harvest the meat.

Would you eat walnut meat that had been run over and over by cars and trucks????


Anyway, above is one of my favorite
walnut recipes.

Recipe from Ellie Krieger 2006

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