Second Time’s a Charm?

Today I made recipe #2 from the vast Pioneer Woman recipe collection. (I’d previously made the chocolate cake and not been overwhelmingly impressed.) Actually I think maybe this one is Jamie Oliver’s recipe, maybe tweaked just a little…and then tweaked again by me. I put off making her Asian Noodle Salad until I had a potluck to prepare for, seeing as I couldn’t pay any of the other members of my family to eat this salad. And it’s a good thing I did, because the salad bowl required to accomodate the sheer quantity of goodness in this salad is a behemoth! I should have guessed that going in, having had to shop for all the ingredients (2 kinds of cabbages, spinach, two kinds of bell peppers, cucumbers, and onions, plus a pkg of linguine), but it didn’t occur to me that it would be this huge. Or that I’d make such a huge mess.

Then, once I got everything in the bowl, I pulled a Barefoot Contessa ‘clean hands’ and just decided to toss it with my bare hands. That is a seriously bad move when your hands are chapped and there are two chopped jalepenos in the salad dressing. Stinging!!! Anyway, it’s marinating overnight, and tomorrow, I’m hoping, it will be really srumptious and delicious for the teachers’ Thanksgiving potluck at Mother’s Day Out.

I give you an ‘After’ photo of my kitchen island, and a picture of the Beast of a salad.

Posted in Uncategorized on 11/20/2008 02:30 am


  1. Angie Ledbetter

    Yum! That’s some lucky moms who get to chow into that.

  2. Ummmm, where’s the beef?

    Oh, and how would you rate the performance of your Grocery Bagger?

    Did he/she keep like items together?

  3. Alyson (New England Living)

    I wish I had your desire to make wonderful food. I don’t have that, but appreciate it very much in others! :)

  4. I want that & it's still breakfast!

  5. The salad looks wonderful.

  6. I hope that salad turns out well. It looks like it was a lot of work.

  7. Caryn Caldwell

    That looks delicious! And now I’m starving and thinking…salad. (Better than if you’d made something sweet, I suppose!) Hope it turns out well. :-)

  8. that looks really good! and there’s still 2 hours to go before lunchtime. curses!

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