Tales of Two Tuna Salads; the vote and the plan

Two Tuna Salads

Tuna_salad_yogurt The vote is in; the people have spoken!

Sort of….

To summarize all of the wonderful and helpful comments:

66% voted for stained and varnished wood.

34% voted for painted wood.

But it was the comments that I found most helpful.

There were suggestions to make the bottom doors stained wood and the top doors white, or a mix of wood and white.

I had originally wanted plain, flat wood doors with a beveled edge (I’d seen them in an old farmhouse last summer and loved them. – Think antique ice box.

Maybe later.

Here’s the decision – of the moment.

The doors will have a panel center – like on our ‘Giant Spice Rack’ (so-called because it’s only 1 item deep)


The wood will be different and the stain will be the opposite: the frames will be the darker color to match the ceiling and the panel inserts will be lighter, almost natural wood color.  The panels will also be larger in proportion to the frame.

All of the doors on the bottom cabinets will be the same.

On the top, in addition to the large cabinet with the stemware, at least 2 of the 3 other larger cabinets will have clear glass panels rather than wood.  And maybe interior lighting (she says, quietly).


What do you think?

On to the pasta….

Did I mention that I’m hosting Presto Pasta Nights this week?Ppn 117

You still have the rest of Thursday to get your entries in.    Here are the rules.  Send your entries to me – thyme2.kate (at) gmail (dot) com and cc to ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com.

If you would like to host – check with the founder, Ruth of Once Up on a Feast.

What’s summer without old-fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad….
I love it – with frozen peas or without.

I made it for me, twice, whilst mon mari was in hospital.  (He’s out, did you know? Yesterday. I’m listening to the router as I type this.  No slacker is mon mari!)

The first time, I did my standard Tuna Salad, without anything that could remotely put it into the healthy category.

Tuna Salad

Traditional recipe:

Simple Tuna Salad

6oz (180gr) tuna
1 hard cooked egg, chopped
3/4 cup pasta
2 tbs snipped chives
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbs Dijon-style mustard

Cook pasta according to package directions.
Mix everything else in a bowl.  When the pasta is done, drain, rinse lightly in cool water.  Add to bowl, stir and eat.  Serves 1.

It was good.

It was lick the bowl, I’m not sharing with anyone good.

I decided I ought to see if I could lighten it up a bit, maybe add something from the veggie family.

I did.  And I didn’t muck it up.

It was just as good…. Maybe even a bit better.

Healthy Tuna Salad

New and Improved Tuna Salad

6oz (180gr) tuna
1 hard cooked egg, chopped
3/4 cup wholewheat pasta
2 tbs snipped chives
1/4 cup firm goat cheese, crumbled
1 large, ripe tomato, cut into chunks
3 tbs Mustard Yogurt Dressing

Cook pasta according to package directions.
Mix everything else in a bowl.  When the pasta is done, drain, rinse lightly in cool water.  Add to bowl, stir and eat.  Serves 1.

Mustard Yogurt Dressing

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
2 tbs whole grain mustard
1 tbs white balsamic vinegar
2 tbs good olive oil
1 tbs snipped chives
1 tbs snipped basil

Whisk all ingredients together.  It will be quite thick. 
This makes about 3/4 cup dressing and keeps 4 – 5 days.  I use it on pasta, rice, barley salads as well as lettuce and spinach… And as a dip for veggies.

I was surprised by how mush less of the Mustard Yogurt Dressing I needed to make the salad moist and creamy.

Actually, I liked the new version a lot better.

Y’all come back here tomorrow for the round-up!


7 thoughts on “Tales of Two Tuna Salads; the vote and the plan”

  1. Both tuna salads sound delicious! I haven’t had that in a long, long time! Think I’ll make it for tonight’s dinner.
    Oh, and if you decide on the sunken panels – if it’s dusty where you live (even after renovation is complete), those raised parts will be dust catchers…

  2. Whatever you choose, I’m sure it will be lovely. I love the idea of the contrasting stains.
    As for the tuna salad, both sound great…one traditional, one not so much. I could scarf down either one!

  3. Your kitchen is working it’s way to spectacular! Thanks for sharing the results of the poll.
    And thanks for sharing 2 tasty tuna treats….okay, not really poetry, but it does roll off the tip of the tongue.
    Even more…thanks for hosting Presto Pasta Nights.

  4. Zoomie, sigh, I know about the dust…. But if you don’t mess with it it’s not really noticeable.
    Susan, thanks – enjoy the salads.
    Cindy, I ate them both – by myself!
    Tanna, mon mari has allowed it to be served all week – too much in hospital – 2 stains for the indecisive.
    Ruth, welcome as always….

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