Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Recipe, In Honor of Tim

It was just a little over a week ago when I got the call that a wonderful member of our church passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack.  Tim was a kind and gentle man and a good friend whom I had known for more than 20 years. In fact, his wife was in the process of calling me when he collapsed.  I was so grateful that I was able to be there for my friend as her husband was rushed to the hospital and during the days that followed.

Tim was an amazing chef who loved to cook wonderful meals for his family and friends.  He was always creating something new and delicious to share for a church gathering.  So when, I was asked to bring something to share for the reception after his memorial service, in his honor I chose to make this pasta salad that Tim shared with us many years ago.  It was one of his famiy's favorites and mine too, so simple yet elegant on any buffet table, I have no doubt that if you were to make it, your family would love it too.

Tim's Bow Tie Feta Pasta Salad

Start with one box of Farfalle Pasta, cooked to packaged directions. Cool and pour into a large bowl.

Mix together Mayonnaise, Olive oil,and granulated garlic until well blended and pour over the pasta.  Mix well.

Saute sliced almonds in butter until nicely toasted.  Pour the almonds along with the butter into the pasta and mix well.

Next, pour in the cheeses one at a time, mixing well in between.

Finally, add chopped green onions and mix into the salad..  Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

 I poured the salad into a beautiful crystal bowl the next morning to take to the service, but I forgot to take a picture.  I am sure you understand.  I am grateful to be able to say it turned out lovely and helped in the sharing of memories of happy times around the table with Tim.

Bow Tie Feta Pasta Salad

1 Box Farfalle Bow Tie Pasta                                1 c  Mayonnaise
1 (6 oz) box Feta Cheese, crumbled                      1/2 c  Olive Oil
1 (8oz) bag Parmesan Cheese                               1/4-1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic
3 stalks Green Onions, chopped                            2-3 TBSP Butter 
1 (6-oz) bag, sliced almonds, browned                  
As it turned out, the visiting pastor who gave the sermon that first day after Tim's passing shared the story of the ten virgins who went out to meet the bridegroom after falling asleep.  Five were not prepared to greet the bridegroom with enough oil to light their lamps and had to go back to purchase more.  Meanwhile the five who were prepared went into the banquet hall with the bridegroom and the door closed behind them.  There they were able to join in the feasting and celebration while the other five were left behind.

All of us who knew Tim knew his lamp was full to overflowing.  I rarely met a more wise man who loved the Lord more.  He is rejoicing with the bridegroom now.  And even as we grieve we have hope.  May we learn from his legacy to keep our own lamps filled and ready for the great celebration that is coming. 

On a brighter note.  I hope you give this salad recipe a try.  It truly is delicious, but as you can see from all those rich ingredients a little goes a long way.  So invite over a few friends and create some wonderful memories of your own.  All blessings to you, and be sure to let me know if you decide to give it a try.


  1. what a loss! I am always overjoyed to hear of good Christian men but it is a real sorrow to lose them. May God remember Tim in His Kingdom! And comfort all who mourn him. *** I understand how comforting it is to prepare food in honour of those we lost and it is a lovely recipe. *** I am so sorry for your loss! God bless you all.... and the wife who lost such a good man....

    1. Hi Elizabeth, Yes, Solid Christian men are in short supply. Do you know a study was done in Europe a few years ago that in families where Dad went to church regularly with his family 2/3-3/4 of their children became church attenders as adults. But in families where the dad's spiritual leadership was absent only 1 in 50 children became regular attenders. Sobering.

  2. What a lovely way to remember a dear member of your congregation, and honor his legacy.
    I think I will make this particular pasta salad for our July 4th get together with friends.

  3. Hi Sara, Yes, it's so easy to make. I hope you and your friends enjoy it.

  4. I'll make it as well. Such a sweet idea, but so sorry for your loss and your church's too. Always wonder at God's timing. Someday it'll all make sense. Take care, friend.

    1. Thank you for your sweet words Melissa.

  5. It sounds like your friend was a wonderful example of Jesus. The salad looks delicious! Nancy