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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Simply Tuna Pasta Salad

ImageWe’ve been doing quite a bit of remodeling in our house with laying carpet and tile. After coming home from work and then spending time on the house we really don’t want anything to heavy for dinner. So this dish is just perfect, and really easy to make. In my pantry I always have two types of tuna. The first one is only for really special occasions, and that’s my Italian tuna that’s packed in olive oil. I use this one for my tuna tapenade for entertaining. The second one is,well you know the kind that’s available in every store and packed in spring water. I start out with a large bowl and throw in 2 large packs of the tuna. Then I add 1 small package of thawed frozen peas, that still have a little bit of their chill left on them. 3 stalks of celery chopped in 1/4 inch dice. I tablespoon of Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, (this is totally optional, it’s because they were staring me in the face, I  threw in 2 tablespoons of golden raisins), and finally 3/4 cup of good mayonnaise. Stir it all together gently so not to break up the tuna too small but well enough that everything is totally coated with the mayo. Last but not least the pasta. It’s important to me with this recipe that I use only the little short tube shape pasta, it’s the same one that I use in my Italian wedding soup. I think it’s called Dittalini. I just garnish with a little fresh basil and that’s it. Try this recipe if you love tuna pasta salad. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. Oh I have to say, the golden raisins added a touch of sweetness to this dish.

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Elizabeth’s Keepsakes

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A dear friend of mine, Elizabeth Innis, has a one of a kind shop called Elizabeth’s Keepsakes in Rushville, Indiana. Not only is it a store with all kinds of collectibles it’s a deli as well.

Elizabeth takes such pride in her products, whether it’s the food she prepares fresh daily or the very unique items she sells in her shop. She has been able to maintain such great customer relations, since she opened her doors in 2000, and has proven itself to thrive with her return clientele.

Elizabeth’s Keepsakes” has a Facebook Page where you can get information about her store. I’m going to tease you with a few pictures.

Elizabeth has done an amazing job and should be very proud of her accomplishments as a small business owner in her community. Whenever visiting Rushville, Indiana this is a “must stop”, have a quick bite to eat and pick up a keepsake.Image

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The state pie, or, sugar cream pie, which most recently known as the Hoosier Pie, is so delicious and is one of her specialties.

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