Ramen Salad

Oh my goodness. I did it. I just posted with complaints of not finding a good party salad, and then bam, I made this one and loved it. I have even been enjoying the leftovers! Not only is it super easy to make (one of the easiest side dishes ever), but it was a hit with my friends, too. I can’t say it is toddler-friendly, but I wasn’t intending for that when I picked it. A friend where I used to teach would make a ramen salad that she would share with us and it was so good! I didn’t think to compare until just now, but when I looked, hers is almost identical to the ingredients except no slaw, it used edamame and sunflower seeds, and you could add the seasoning packets, but she never did.

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Mixed Bag Monday (part 17): Party Salads

I am always trying to get more inspired to make side dishes. I mean to do more, but I usually get more excited about main courses and desserts. Occasionally I come across recipes I save, hoping for a reason to make them. Today I am sharing a few pictures from two recipes that were okay but not ones I would likely repeat.

The first comes from How Sweet Eats. I did not have a melon baller, and did not wish to pay more than a few dollars for one, sooooo we didn’t do balls. Forgive us? K helped me by cutting the watermelon. It was fairly easy to make…

Chopped produce and a vinaigrette mixed together is simple. But, the final dish was only “fine” and nothing spectacular.

Next I made a farro salad from America’s Test Kitchen. I liked this one more, but I would have liked less farro and more of the other ingredients.

I also made the mistake of doubling the recipe when a single batch would have been sufficient. My family always makes too much food for things.

Maybe I should have just done this and left out the farro? Then K might have tried it.

I liked it, but it was too much for just me to finish since I’m also still trying to convince the Fudgelet of farro’s merits.

Do you have any successful party salads to share?

 

My Best Biscuits Yet

I always struggle so much with bread recipes, so anytime I find a recipe that works, I get so excited! I made this one twice within a week, and the second time was the night before we left for our Maryland trip. I figured they would be good the next day for breakfast, too. I have tried so many biscuit recipes with fancy steps and not had them work. I’ve also had luck with this recipe, but actually, today’s recipe might trump that one. That one is still good for the cheddar flavor. These technically have cheese in them, but it isn’t super noticeable. These biscuits are so fluffy inside while getting super tall and browning more evenly. They also don’t have a strong baking powder flavor like many recipes I’ve tried.

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Sizzling Shrimp with Corn and Zucchini

One of my favorite parts of late spring into summer…corn! It starts appearing in the stores and I get so excited. Zucchini is generally good year-round even if the price is higher, or at least okay. But corn? The fresh kind is only good in the summer and it is awesome. I’ve been buying some each week just because I can’t resist it.

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French Mashed Potatoes (Pommes Purée)

For our 9 years of being together anniversary, we went out to eat at a fancy steak place. I got to try new (to me) types of steak, eat an amazing salad (yes, salads can be amazing), and swoon over the mashed potatoes. K was so excited about the mashed potatoes because he loves creamy smooth textures in food.

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Garlic-Rosemary Dutch Baby

I had saved this recipe and randomly pulled it out one weeknight to bake while I prepped the rest of dinner. It made the dinner a touch more fancy, even though it is quite simple and fast.

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Mushroom and Spinach Baked Eggs with Bacon

Just before our last trip to Maryland, I had made a breakfast casserole for the day we left. It was okay…but definitely not a recipe I would repeat. This was a recipe I found, and after a few changes, it was a recipe I have already repeated. It is easy to have the ingredients on hand, and it comes together quickly.

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