Part 2 ~ Girls Night In

2 Oct

The Food

My Mother is Italian and I tend to cook Mediterranean style food for all my parties. I’m learning to branch out, but for this party I decided to stick to what I know best. I served a tortellini salad, antipasta platter, caprese salad, pastry bites with feta cheese and carmelized onions, fresh veggies with hummus, assorted crackers & bread, spinach artichoke dip, and shrimp cocktail.

My favorite dish I prepared was a Greek Tortellini salad. I made a special trip down to Costco to pick up the fresh tortellini only to be sadly disappointed that they were out of stock! Ugh! I ended up buying the Trader Joe’s brand of cheese tortellini which is good, but just not the same. Anyways, here’s my recipe. Always a great option and easy to whip together for a pot luck.

Greek Tortellini Salad

  • 2 (9 ounce) packages cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup slivered red onion


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add tortellini, and cook for 7 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, parsley, oregano, and salt. Place the cooked tortellini in the bowl, and toss to coat. Cover, and chill at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Gently mix the spinach, feta cheese, and onion into the bowl with the pasta.




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