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Farmers' Libations

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A few weeks ago I attended Raley's and FSB amazing dinner to benefit their Food For Families program at Vierra Farms.  It's funny how I've lived in Sacramento my whole life and just recently I stumbled into some really unique, local spots that I never realized existed.  My friend Kaila and I had a great time running around this beautiful venue and for anyone newly engaged - I highly recommend checking this place out!  It's a rustic bride-to-be's dream.

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FSB had countless special details that pulled us in from the moment we drove up.  We passed through a set of shabby wooden doors to enter the orchard for the "libations" part of the evening.  Old metal Coca-Cola ice chests held cider and cold beers and a fun old timey, jazz band performed among the trees.  Someone's Pinterest board had come to fruition!

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Even in the country we were not left without power.  Some people really think of everything.  Charge those iPhones and Instagram the heck out of this event we did!

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At one point Kaila and I snuck off to Dave's Jumping Pillow and helped ourselves to this airbag of awesomeness.  Do not confuse it with trampoline!  It was so much fun!  Not sure if it was the drinks or the company, but we were having too much.

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And of course there was dessert!  I was truly impressed with the event and this is coming from the daughter of a caterer.  I usually find it hard to sit back and enjoy myself at an event or a restaurant because you tend to have such a critical eye - watching the staff, critiquing the food, but everyone did a really wonderful job.  Down to the have dinner coffee!  Thank you to everyone and I'm so glad Raley's was able to raise so much money for a great cause.

Not Your Mama's Pasta Salad

If you’re looking for something fairly simple to make for dinner tonight then this is the recipe for you!  It’s very light and fresh tasting, perfect for summer.  My Mom found it last year in Raley’s little monthly newsletter and it’s been a hit at home ever since.  If you’re incredibly lazy like me then you can use precooked chicken patties from Trader Joe’s and the bacon you can find in the salad section at the grocery store.  I’m not talking about bacon bits either, this is real bacon.  This cuts prep time into nothing!

BLT and Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients1½ cups orzo pasta (about 2/3 of a 1 lb. 

box) 

2 cups cooked, cubed chicken 

2 cups halved grape tomatoes 

2 cups thinly sliced spinach leaves or 

green leaf lettuce 

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions 

4 strips bacon, cooked crisp and 

crumbled 

3 tbsp. olive oil 

1½ tbsp. white wine vinegar 

1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard 

Salt and freshly ground pepper to tasteDirections

Prep time: 20 minutes, Cook time: 10 minutes

Cook orzo according to package directions, rinse with cold water to cool; drain. Stir together orzo, chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and bacon in a large bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over salad and toss to coat.

Makes 4 to 6 servings. 

 

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