Friday, February 20, 2015

Crunchy Asian Salad with Thai Peanut Dressing

Crunchy Asian Salad with Thai Peanut Dressing
Cook's notes:
This salad was refreshingly, crunchy, creamy and spicy all at the same time. The dressing was amazing. It was a nice balance of sweetness, saltiness, sourness and heat. Adding shredded chicken or pork turns the salad into a main meal. Recipe adapted from onceuponachef.com and serves four. 
Ingredients:

  • 5 cups shredded coleslaw mix or Napa cabbage 
  • 1 cup snow peas (sliced thinly)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red pepper (seeded and sliced thinly)
  • optional diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers
  • handful of peanuts
Thai Peanut Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 TB. rice vinegar
  • 2 TB. fresh lime juice, from one lime
  • 3 TB. vegetable oil
  • 1 TB. soy sauce
  • 2 TB. honey
  • 2-tsp. sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled, minced about 1 TB.
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • optional 2 TB. fresh cilantro leaves
Directions:
  • Mix the coleslaw or Napa cabbage with snow peas, bean sprouts, carrots, red pepper, cilantro, cucumbers and green onions. 
  • Mix the dressing ingredients in a blender, pour the dressing on the salad and toss. Garnish with peanuts.

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The World According to Bella

The 2014 'List' has just been released. I made #1 , Mr.C #9 and Sadie even placed #10. 

Doggyloot.com compiled their database of over 100,000 registered dogs to give us the Top Dog Names of 2014. Here is what they said...
#1 – Bella
We are not sure if this is because Twilight remains popular, or people just like the name, but Bella has been on top when it comes to dog names for a few years now. Meaning “beautiful” in Italian, It is a good name for your best friend.
#9 – Charlie
Charlie is a “good ‘ol boy.” He’s the dog you take hunting, defends the home, and plays with the kids. It’s the perfect name for the all-American dog.
#10 – Sadie
Very popular the last several years, the name Sadie is starting to taper to off. It’s still a good choice though, if you are looking for a girlie name that isn’t “too sweet.” Sadie’s have a bit of spunk in them.


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