Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One of These Things. . . not like the others.

My two sisters both enjoy devouring cook books. I mean - sit and read them like a good novel - devour.

What would it take for me to devour a cookbook? Ohhh, maybe a tall, dark and handsome man holding it for me - yeah, that would help!

What would it take for you to devour a cookbook?

I saw one at Walmart the other week which peaked my interest. But I left it there. However, I spotted it again at my favorite store - no, not Dollarama... that's Tanya's favorite. Mine is Atlantic Superstore. A Canadian grocery store chain. LooooooooooVE it.

Because it was at my favorite store, and because I felt like this particular cook book was haunting me, I bought it.

Now, don't laugh at me, because it's not a funky recipe book... it's of the more familiar variety. Are you ready?
Company's Coming: Meal Salads by Jean Pare.

I have to say that I enjoy the pictures in the Company's Coming cook books. And, I have been "looking" through this book.

Let me share one of the recipes with you.

Sesame Chicken Noodle Salad (pg 74)

Chinese dried mushrooms 4
Boiling water 1 cup

Water 8 cups
Fresh, thin Chinese-style egg noodles 8 oz

Shredded fresh spinach leaves, lightly packed 1 cup
Asian- style sesame dressing 1/2 cup
Grated carrot 1/2 cup
Slivered red pepper 1/2 cup
Sliced green onion 1/4 cup
Sesame oil (for flavor) 1 tsp.

Sesame (or olive) oil 1tsp.
Boneless, skinless chicken cut into 1/2 inch pieces 3/4 lb.
Dried crushed chilies 1/8 tsp.

Sesame seeds, toasted 1 Tbsp.

Combine mushrooms and boiling water in small heatproof bowl. Let stand for about 20 minutes until softened. Drain, remove and discard stems. Slice thinly.

Pour water into large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add noodles. Boil, uncovered, for about 30 seconds until tender but firm. Drain. Rinse with cold water. Drain well. Transfer to cutting board. Chop once or twice. Transfer to large bowl.

Add next 6 ingredients and mushrooms. Toss.

Heat large frying pan or wok on medium-high until very hot. Add second amount of sesame oil. Add chicken. Sprinkle with chilies. Stir fry for about 3 minutes until no longer pink inside. Add to noodle mixture. Toss.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Makes about 7 1/2 cups (1.9 l)

So there you have it. A recipe from my big cookbook purchase, in an attempt to be like my two sisters... :0)))

I haven't completely devoured the book yet. But this meal sure hit the spot after our antiquing adventure on Saturday. It is a definite "keeper"!!!!


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  1. Hi Lisa, this was a good post. I confess, I devour cookbooks, and had a huge collection. I did some 'therapy' :) and got it down to about half, then slowly started adding again. I try to rely on the internet, and since finding Blogland, great recipes are so easy to find. This noodle dish looks and sound delicious. xo,

  2. Delicious post! I admit I use the web for new recipes!

  3. I love this series of cookbooks! I currently have 13 but will have to add this one to the shelf. They are such straightforward and no nonsense recipes to follow and the pics are a great reference. My Muffins and More book is well dog earred and stained from various ingredients!! HAPPY READING AND HAPPY COOKING!

  4. Oh my, there is finally something I do NOT have in common with my Tanya Triplet! But tell me, Lisa...does she actually cook from them?! ;o)

    I do love the Autumn and Christmas Gooseberry Patch cookbooks; I have lots of them, that I do devour cover to cover!

  5. I get the majority of my cookbooks from the library, read them, rate them, copy out recipes, try them, and only if I find it meets my personal criteria of having big pictures of beautiful food, delicious recipes that are easy to understand and make, along with nice commentary will I buy it. You'd be surprised how many books actually pass this test.(sigh!)

  6. That looks super yummy! I must say I am enjoying your humor! I am your newest follower!:)

  7. You're too cute saying a dark and handsome man needs to hold your cookbook :) That salad looks like a perfect summer meal! Thanks for coming by to share your recipe.

  8. This sounds so good!
    And yea, I totally do that with cookbooks and cooking magazines! In one seating... :)

    Hope you can come see me at

  9. this looks absolutely delicious! YUM! I found your blog through a link party at this chick cooks and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  10. That looks so yummy, I think I will try it. Thanks for the recipe. Enjoy ~Sara

  11. Your salad looks delicious. I have a blog party on Tuesdays called Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits. Come by and join us sometime.

  12. I love this kind of salad for the summer. I will be trying this one! I don't usually devour cookbooks but the one I did was a Goosebery Patch Chrismas cookbook!

  13. Yum. My kind of salad. I devour cookbooks too and have lost count of how many I have on my sagging shelves.

    I'm visiting from Foodie Friday where I saw your pretty salad. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  14. That looks delicious! I have found a few cook books that I read like books. Thanks for linking this to Home Sweet Home! Would you please put a link to the party in your post. Thanks!


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