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Wacky Mac Three Bean Pasta Salad
Growing up my grandmother would be the first to tell you she was not the best of cooks, but the dishes she did make she perfected each time she made. She was notorious for writing a recipe down, only to rewrite this same recipe the next time she made it and changed it ever so slightly to her liking. She did this over and over with so many of her recipes and was a perfectionist.
And one of her favorite sayings was as follows: "Too many cooks in the kitchen." Meaning if she was in the kitchen that was enough for her and none of the rest of us needed to be in there adding their two cents. After awhile she generalized this even if one of us was butting into something where our nose didn't belong, but you get the picture.
Well, my grandmother loved making a three bean salad in the summertime when they would barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs. I will never forget these barbecues and especially her three bean salad.
Those who follow me know at my bridal shower my mom had the attendees write down their favorite recipes on a recipe card she enclosed in the invitation she sent out. Well, my grandmother had my mom write down her recipe for me for my bridal shower for the recipe she most wanted to share with me on my special day and for the rest of my life.
My grandmother had dry macular degeneration of the eyes. According to the Mayo Health Clinic, dry macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that causes vision loss in the center of your field of vision. Dry macular degeneration is marked by deterioration of the macula, which is in the center of the retina or the layer of tissue on the inside back wall of your eyeball. Simply put, my grandmother had poor vision at this point and could no longer see except for her peripheral vision, so she needed help with simple day-to-day activities, such as writing something down like this recipe.
Even with this condition, my grandmother was front and center for my bridal shower, as well as my wedding and for that I will always be thankful that I had her love and support for those very special days of my life. She did pass away in February 2010 and will be missed forever.
I still use her Three Bean Salad Recipe, but added my own twist with the Wacky Mac Pasta and like to think my grandmother would have loved this recipe if not just as much as her own at least understood that just like she was in her kitchen, in mine I am the cook and to quote her, "Too many cooks in the kitchen!"
- 1 Can String Beans
- 1 Can Red Kidney Beans
- 1 Can Wax Beans
- 1/2 Cup Vidalia Onion, Diced
- 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- Sprinkle with a dash of Pepper and Oregano
- 1 Package Wacky Mac Pasta
- Boil Water and add pasta once water comes to a full boil. Add Wacky Mac Pasta and cook according to package directions until pasta is soft.
- Chop onion, add the cans of beans. Then add the olive oil and red vinegar. Mix these ingredients all together.
- Once the pasta is cooked, fully drain the water. Shock the pasta with ice cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Add the pasta to the bean mixture and stir all together. Top with pepper and oregano for taste. Refrigerate for a few hours to be able to serve chilled.
- When serve you can top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!!
Read More About My Grandmother Here:
- Give Me A Sign--The Surprise That Turned Out to Be a a Gift and Blessing in Disguise
This hub discussed how I found out about my second pregnancy. It also discusses the loss of my grandmother and how her death brought about new life.