Month: June 2008

Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

I inherited this recipe from my sister-n-law a couple of years ago and it is a salad that I come back to during the course of the year. It is a chicken caesar salad with a twist, because it contains bow tie noodles. The noodles […]

Stuffed Burgers

Stuffed Burgers

We all know what season it is, it is grilling season; the time to hang outdoors with family and friends, for a few months at least (Milwaukee, WI) before we go back into hibernation mode. Grilling season is something that is truly enjoyed by many, […]

Vietnamese Summer Salad

Vietnamese Summer Salad

Vietnamese Summer SaladI have been to a few Vietnamese restaurants in my time, and there is a dish that they have, I know it as B14 from the menu (as one of my colleagues ordered this dish a couple of years ago) that is really delicious. I took a stab at making, what I call the Vietnamese summer salad, last week. This cold salad is really easy to put together, is healthy in ingredients, and packs a punch in flavor.

Ingredients:

  • Rice Noodles (I used Bihon)
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Thinly slicked cucumbers
  • Thinly sliced green onions
  • Chopped Lettuce, I used Romaine
  • Sweet, Sour, and Spicy Sauce (see below)
  • Thinly sliced bbq pork (optional)

For the bbq pork, I used boneless pork chops and marinaded them in soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh garlic, black pepper, and sherry cooking wine. Let the pork chops marinade for three to six hours before grilling and slicing.

To cook the noodles, I simply bring a large pot of water close to a boil, placing the noodles in the hot water until tender, careful not to overcook. Drain, rinse the noodles with cold water and set aside.

As your water is boiling, this is the time to prepare all of your vegetables, keeping in mind to thinly slice everything.

For the sauce, bring the following to a boil, then let simmer until thickened.

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 6 tbs white vinegar
  • 4 tbs of water
  • 4 tbs of white sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2 Thai peppers, more if you want a spicier flavor

To prepare the salad, add an amount of noodles to the bottom of your serving bowl, add some sauce to the noodles, then add your vegetables and pork. Add more sauce to the top, then dig in. This salad packs freshness and taste and is perfect for the summer. Enjoy.

Chinese Lemon Chicken

Chinese Lemon Chicken

There is one thing that we typically order from a Chinese restaurant, and that is either fried rice, or some version of lemon chicken, or orange beef. This past weekend, I asked my wife, what would you like to have for dinner tonight (I wanted […]

Mexican Corn

Mexican Corn

As we all know, summer is here, and one thing that I truly love to eat during this season is corn on the cob. I have written about corn in the past, however my colleague just reminded me of what she calls “Mexican Corn”. Thanks […]