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Foodie Friday: Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles in a Box Recipe

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As I mentioned, my husband and I held a pop-up art gallery event this summer we’ve dubbed Art + Cocktails Truro. We showcased 96 works of art from about 30 different artists throughout our home on Cape Cod. Last week I posted an array of paintings and next week I will show you a sampling of the photography we exhibited.

Today, however, is Foodie Friday and we’re going to talk about a spicy peanut butter noodle recipe.

Peanut Butter Noodles In Chinese Take Out Containers

Photo by Samara Vise for StyleCarrot

In a moment of insanity I decided I wouldn’t need a caterer for the event.I figured I would spend the two days prior whipping up the food myself. After all, I had catered parties in my 20s. Ha. The guest list got out of hand and soon I had 90 RSVPs. I frantically called around and got two different gourmet take-out places to provide tuna tartare on rice crackers, filet mignon crostini, and two kinds of chicken skewers.

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Photo by Samara Vise for StyleCarrot

I could take care of the rest. The rest consisting mainly crostini bar fixings, cheese boards, marinated olives, herbed nuts, and such.

How to Create a Crostini Bar

Photo by Samara Vise for StyleCarrot

I needed one substantial dish though. Aiming for an Instagrammable, Pinterest-worthy event (after all I am a blogger), early on I ordered mini Chinese take-out containers made from Kraft paper and bamboo sporks. I settled on filling them with spicy sesame noodles.

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles In Chinese Take Out Containers

Photo by Samara Vise for StyleCarrot

My son and I broke out the lobster pot. He boiled ten packages of spaghetti in two batches while I concentrated on not blowing up the blender with the peanut butter. I did a mash up of a few different spicy peanut butter noodle recipes I pulled from Pinterest pics, based on what seemed easiest and tastiest. The resulting recipe went something like this:

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles in Chinese Takeout Boxes

Noodles
1 box of spaghetti

Sauce
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 tablespoon ginger, minced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon sesame oil
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons Sriracha
2 tablespoons honey

Garnish
Matchstick carrots
Red bell pepper
Cilantro

Boil noodles, rinse, drain. Make sure they’re not all clumpy. Mix the sauce ingredients in a blender. Pour sauce over noodles. Use clean hands to mix together. Set up your boxes, add noodles to each. Top with garnishes. You could also use cucumber, scallion, chopped peanuts, and sesame seeds. Stick a fork in it. Serve on a tray.

Big thanks to photographers Samara Vise for mixing the noodles and Michael J. Lee for garnishing.

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Foodie Friday: 12 Kale Salads

Not to get too leafy green and healthy on you, but it’s summer and I’m on the Cape enjoying our airy, white kitchen and area farmer’s markets. So, in addition to last week’s summer salads with greens and grains, here are 12 kale salads. Let me know if you make any and how they turned out.

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Zucchini Ribbon and Kale Salad  •  Bev Cooks

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Grilled Kale & Red Pepper Tuscan Pasta Salad  •  Half Baked Harvest

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Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon and Pecorino •  Sugar and Grace

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Kale Caesar Salad with Garbanzo Bean Croutons  •  Mountain Mama Cooks

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Kale Caesar Salad Topped With Soft Boiled Egg  •  Blue Apron

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Mexican Kale Salad  •  iFoodReal

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Kale, Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Sunflower Seeds • Reluctant Entertainer

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Couscous Kale Salad  •  Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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Kale Salad with Chick Peas, Olives & Feta  •  In Pursuit Of More

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Kale Salad with Peaches, Corn & Basil Honey Vinaigrette   Eats Well With Others

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Kale Chicken Caesar Salad with Parmesan Crisps  •  Baked Bree

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Strawberry Kale Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette  •  Gimme Some Oven

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Foodie Friday: 17 Exquisite Desserts

I was perusing my cookbooks and Pinterest this morning for an apple crisp recipe. Oddly, it was elusive. I had meant to bake an apple pie, but the premade crust I bought (you didn’t actually think I was planning on spending the time to do a paté brisée did you?) was frozen, and had needed to defrost overnight. So, apple crisp it is. I don’t actually eat the crust anyway; I’m all about the filling.

Generally I tend to be distracted by anything chocolate, but since it’s Thanksgiving, and since I made a devil’s food birthday cake with marshmallowy frosting from Dorie Greenspan‘s Baking just a few days ago, I was able to stick to the fruity course.

Here are some desserts that caught my eye from my Desserts Pinterest board today. Most of the links click through to the recipes, if you’re so inclined. Maybe you just want to look; fewer calories. Happy Thanksgiving!

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No Bake Oreo Cookies 

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Caramel Creme Cinnamon Puffles

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Apple Pecan Cronuts

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Blueberry Crostata

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Carrot Cake 

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Dark Chocolate Rose Truffles 

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Dreidel Cake Pop

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Chocolate Layer Cake

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Homemade Milano Cookies

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Wintry Powdered Donuts

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Raspberry Tiramisu

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Strawberry Brioche

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Vanilla Cheesecake with Salted Caramel

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Popcorn Pudding

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Homemade Caramels

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Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake

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