Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Snow Pea Cold Noodle Salad

I AM SO TIRED! I stay up wayyy too late every night to watch television not appropriate for the 4 year old's eyes and crochet. I regret it every morning. EVERY.MORNING.

Complaint done.

I stumbled across these little cucumbers at our local produce stand. I figured they were for pickling, but the lady working there said they were good for salads. I bought a few bunches and used them in the salad below.

Snow Pea Cold Noodle Salad

2 cups snow peas, cut diagonally into strips
12 ozs soba/buckwheat noodles
2 scallions, white and green parts diced
1 medium carrot, shredded
1/2 cup thin matchstick cut cucumbers

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 garlic clove, grated

Bring 4 cups of water to boil and salt. 

Boil snow peas for 1 minute and immediately plunge into ice water using a slotted spoon. Place soba noodles in boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pour snow peas over top. 

Meanwhile, combine dressing ingredients. 

Toss rest of veggies, noodles and dressing ingredients together and chill for about an hour. 

Dig in!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hard Rock Cafe BBQ Baked Beans

Yes, it HAS been over a month since my last post. Life has been hectic...

I will do a catch up post next time, but for now....

Another copycat recipe...

I've never actually had the beans in the restaurant, but the recipe seemed yummy so I gave it a try. They were really REALLY yummy. The original recipe called for twice as much chili powder as I put below, so it's up to you if you want to add more. They were plenty spice with half as much, in my opinion.

Hard Rock Cafe BBQ Beans

Two 15 oz cans pinto beans, one drained, 1 with liquid
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons diced onions(I used dry)
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon for serving(I used fake bacon bits)

Preheat oven to 350.

Pour pinto beans into a 2 quart casserole dish. Dissolve cornstarch in the 2 tablespoons of water and stir until dissolved. Add to beans and stir. 

Add the remaining ingredients, except bacon, stir to combine. Cover. Baked for 90 minutes, stirring every 30. Cook for 5 to 10 before serving. Top with bacon.

Dig in!