One of the first blogs that I really got hooked on was the Pioneer Woman.
I was new to the whole world of blogging. I was surfing the web, trying to see how it was done when I found PW. Back then she wasn't the mega-blogger-celebrity-author she is now. Yeah she had a boat load more followers then I could ever imagine even back then, but she wasn't quite the queen of blogdom that she is now.
What drew me to her was her no-fuss recipes. Nothing fancy. There was no need to head to the local gourmet shop to find an obscure ingredient. Most of the recipes included stuff I already had in my cupboard. For a working Mom who has to come home every night and try to make something new and delicious to cook, these recipes were just what I was looking for.
I was really happy for her when her cookbook came out. I pre-ordered a copy. I waited in anticipation for it's arrival and it didn't disappoint.
When I want to feed a crowd, when I want comfort food, when I need to make something with just what I have in the pantry, I turn to PW's book.
I'm always happy when I see a new recipe posted on her site. I'm even happier when I see 2 new recipes that I want to make, and that's just what happened last week.
I spotted these sesame noodles and thought they would be the perfect summer side. I made them late in the afternoon and we ate them at room temperature with another PW recipe Portabella Mushroom Burgers (that recipe will be coming up next - man they were good).
I made these with some noodles I picked up at the Asian market. They called them soup noodles. You could use thin spaghetti or linguine or whatever thin noodle you have on hand.
Simple Sesame Noodles
recipe from PW
12 ounces, fluid Thin Noodles, Cooked And Drained
¼ cups Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Sugar
4 cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Pure Sesame Oil
½ teaspoons Hot Chili Oil
4 Tablespoons Canola Oil
2 Tablespoons Hot Water
4 whole Green Onions, Sliced Thin
Whisk all ingredients (except noodles and green onions) together in a bowl. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed. Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss to coat. Sprinkle with green onions and toss.