This blog series is called “If I Liked It, Then I Should Have Put A  Ring [Binder] On It.” I know, naming blog posts after a 5-year-old Beyonce song makes me a huge loser, but until somebody tells me to cut it out, I’m just going to go with it. The title just means that I try out a lot of recipes from magazines and websites – only the ones I really, really like go into a 3-ring binder to keep for the future and make again.
Recipe: Saveur’s Cold Sesame Noodles (click to be taken to the full recipe)
Background: I’m not sure how I came across this recipe, since I’m not a Saveur print subscriber, but I’m glad I found it. It’s an easy cold lunch that takes just 20 minutes to put together and can be eaten all week! It’s also super adaptable – use whatever you have on hand. I’ve made it at least four times since I discovered it 6 months ago.
What I Like: The mixture of peanut butter and sambal oelek makes for a spicy, creamy sauce that can’t be beat. It’s addictive. Also, you can pack a TON of vegetables into this dish and have them taste great.
What I Change: The only thing I don’t like about the original recipe for these sesame noodles is the raw scallions – for me, they were too overpowering for the other flavors in the dish, so I omit them. I also don’t keep sesame paste on hand (is this just tahini? maybe?), so I just double up on the peanut butter. I also haven’t tried it using Chinese egg noodles yet, because I haven’t been able to locate those in my area. I use either rice stick noodles (which you don’t even have to cook – just soak in warm water!), or whole-wheat soba noodles. I also use more vegetables than it calls for to make it a wholesome and filling lunch – I triple the carrots and cucumber, and sometimes add asparagus, shredded cabbage, red pepper and cilantro (or whatever else I have around). It’s the ultimate clean-out-the-fridge dish. Cashews or any other nut you have around can be used in place of the peanuts.
What are some recipes that you’ve discovered and kept making again and again? Do you have a 3-ring binder you keep your recipes in, or some other system? Let me know in the comments!
- Cold Sesame Noodles from Savuer
- Savory Palmiers from Ina Garten
- Seven-Minute Huevos Rancheros from Real Simple
- Couscous-Stuffed Peppers with Basil Sauce from Giada De Laurentiis
- Greek Tacos from Jeff Mauro
- Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies from Bake or Break
- Black Forest Cupcakes from CookiesCakesPiesOhMy