Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thai Pasta Salad

Just wanted to share a simple, easy, and VERY tasty recipe I tried recently. :)

Thai Pasta Salad (adapted from TastyGalaxy's Pasta Salad with Peanut Sauce)

  • 1/2 pound of spaghetti
  • about a cup of chopped carrots
  • 2 or 3 scallions, chopped
  • a big handful of cilantro
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 or 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped (optional)
  • toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, mix together the peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, water, ginger, and garlic.
  3. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Drain again, very well.
  4. In a big bowl, combine the pasta, carrots, and scallions.  Mix in the peanut sauce.  Add the cilantro and toss.  Top with sesame seeds.

This was really really good cold, but I think it would also work if you served it warm.

There are not many things I love more than recipes that are as easy as they are yummy.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Quote of the Day

“Cooking is an art, but you can eat it too.”
― Marcella Hazan

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

I am an iced coffee addict.  I don't know what it is about hot coffee... it's not that I don't like it, but coffee just tastes so much better to me served over ice and sipped through a straw.  I am one of those people (are there others...?) who orders iced coffee in the dead of winter.  By now, I've come to expect the "You said iced?" with eyebrows raised.

I don't know how I've gone so many years without discovering this recipe.  Just thinking about all the crappy attempts I've made at homemade iced coffee over the years, and all the money I could have saved... makes me cringe!

Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

This makes such delicious coffee. Better than the majority of iced coffees I've purchased, anywhere from Starbucks to Dunkin Donuts to a slew of independent coffee shops.  I love how the bitterness is removed and you are left with a smooth, refreshing taste. What an awesome way to start off the summer.  Iced coffee every morning and I don't have to leave the house.  I should follow Deb's lead and put $2.00 in a jar every time I make this.

If you are an iced coffee addict like me, and you haven't tried this... DO IT! DO IT NOW!!!

Happy Summer :)