With the holiday coming up, I’m craving what seems to be commonly dubbed Cold “Asian” Peanut Noodle salad. This is a great dish for a party, cook out or a potluck, Really, you never know who might show up at a party and this is popular with vegetarians and meat eaters, alike.
A gorgeous dish, it really should have a fancy name…a little wine, lemon and a handful of sun-dried tomatoes spark up gorgeous green beans, chicken and a few potatoes. Fingerling potatoes or Yukons are perfect but a red potato makes a great budget stand in. And everything is napped with that bright sauce. Shhh…don’t tell anyone how simple this dish is and they’ll think you’re a genius.
There are many names for this part cake, part pie dessert, and just as many recipes. A vague list of ingredients in my Irish Grandmother’s box pointed me towards it, and so began my search to find the particulars. Sometimes old recipes are like that, written I suppose, for the user and not some future progeny!
This is a kitchen basic, and on my blog not because it’s anything “special” but so I never have to pull out my recipe box and double check for the temperature and timing! I hope it helps someone else, too.
Do you like Cajun food? I happen to love it, and love using this homemade Cajun Spice Blend. It just makes everything you use it in taste a little special, whether it’s traditionally Cajun or not.
You might have noticed I don’t like waste and I like to avoid additives. That doesn’t mean I don’t like a little indulgence now and then – like a little whipped cream on a latte or hot chocolate.
An obligatory visit to the Taco House in Arnold’s Park, Iowa is a long-standing tradition to those who flock to the “Iowa Great Lakes” during the summer. One local said, “Crowds, mess, long lines and sometimes indifferent food served up by surly local teenagers in the middle of Northwest Iowa doesn’t necessarily give one hope of a culinary high adventure!”
If there’s such a thing as a healthy, fun breakfast, the Omelette in a Bag has to be one of them. I was first introduced to them through my son’s Scout troop and reminded of them by a young friend who suggested they’d make a great post. Thanks, “Foofie!” I like to think I’ve taken them to a just a bit of a higher level while keeping all the simplicity.
Down home cooking at it’s best and perfect for fall, these pork chops smothered in a gorgeous onion gravy aren’t your Grandma’s pork chops, or even you Mom’s. That is if your Mom was like mine and used a canned soup or a Lipton’s mix. These are succulent and moist, tender and never dry. The onion gravy, just thick enough to nap, then pool, is full of flavor.
We’ve always loved these Big, Beautiful Muffins in the Frugal Household – out of this world fantastic, but still very much a muffin, not a cupcake. They have a beautiful crumb, gorgeous texture and they’re always moist without being heavy.