Mexican Pasta Salad
“The space between the tears we cry is the laughter that keeps us coming back for more.”
As most of you beautiful people know, this week has been one of celebration as well as grief. As I am preparing for a wonderful night with good friends and jam band music, this specific Dave Matthews Band quotation comes to mind. Despite the fact that I have seen sadness in it’s rawest form this week, I have also made room for laughter at the sight of my cousin’s daughter shrieking with pure joy and the union of my step sister and her lovely other half, Joe.
I was not a Dave Matthews Band fan in high school. I listened to a lot of musicals and Christian pop music. Although I still do listen to musicals and am currently fangirling over how perfect the “Fun Home” soundtrack is, I have expanded my listening choices over the years. My friends have had a huge influence on my new favorite bands.
In 2010, when I started working at Starbucks, I befriended two beautiful young souls: Becca and Jess. Jess became a close friend because she also had a passion for reading and creating recipes; she was just starting college with a degree in English Literature. Despite meeting Becca a little bit later, I soon learned about her wholehearted determination, unwavering bravery, and beautiful voice. This lady can SING.
Jess, Becca, and I soon shared everything including the comfiest shorts ever and our favorite bands. Jess’s was Dave Matthews.
When the summer of 2011 rolled around, we would all be traveling to an outdoor concert hall in the middle of the state for our first Dave Matthews Band concert as best friends.
Since then, we have attended one DMB concert every summer. Remember the story about Josh and Stan selling their tickets and drinking/eating all of our tailgate food? That was in 2012. That was also the year that Becca fell asleep during the encore because she had had too much fun in the hours before and during the show. We still bring that up: “How do you fall asleep during the encore?” She was curled up on our blanket sound asleep.
Last year, Becca was living in Florida and was not able to celebrate with us; however, this year, she’s back and I couldn’t be happier.
Jess asked me to bring pasta salad to our tailgate before the concert and so I wanted to share this recipe with you today. If you like DMB, you should totally pretend like you are attending the concert with me and play “What Would You Say” while you’re devouring this dish.