May 31st, 2012

Spicy Peanut Butter Napa

Spicy Peanut Butter Napa

Another unphotogenic dish...

I am not really a cabbage kind of girl.  I do like the [very] occasional coleslaw as a necessary topping for pulled pork sandwiches and recently I have gotten into brussels sprouts or baby bok choy sautéed with various sauces, especially Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce.

But napa cabbage is one cabbage I really enjoy, and have for a couple years.  I like to put napa in my udon noodles, yakisoba, stir fries, and miso soup.  I have even used it to make Colcannon, which I preferred to Colcannon made with regular cabbage (as opposed to kale).

The Grump is an anti-cabbage kind of guy.  Whenever I make brussels sprouts or baby bok choy he refuses to touch them.  Even though he likes spicy peanut sauce, he wouldn’t go near this Spicy Peanut Butter Napa.  As much as he teases me about the foods I don’t like, he’s very truculent about cabbage! But then, he does have the nickname for a reason…

Grumpy husband aside, I really liked this side dish.  It has a nice combination of flavors, which makes it interesting, and it can be as spicy or mild as you want it to be.  I had it along side Soba Noodles in Toasted Sesame Sauce, but I think it would be good with any Asian-inspired meal.

It was so good, in fact, I just might have some Spicy Peanut Butter Napa with lunch tomorrow! :grin:

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September 5th, 2011

Magazine Mondays: Smothered Squash

Smothered Squash with Garlic and Basil

The reappearance of the beautiful Plum Blossom dish set!

I have a subscription to Bon Appétit Magazine, purchased to support The Grump’s kids’ school fundraiser.  Usually I don’t buy magazine subscriptions because I can usually find what I want from them online and it’s just more stuff laying around our tiny apartment, but this was for a good cause.  And I’m glad I did because I really get excited to find my monthly magazine in the mail!

But July did not hold that excitement for me.  My August issue did not come the third week of July like it usually does.  So halfway through August, when it still had not arrived, I called customer service and they told me that they would send a new one but I wouldn’t get it until…pretty much right before my September issue was due.

Travesty! What is a gal with a penchant for cooking relatively seasonal food to do? Dig up the August 2004 issue of Gourmet that I had buried with all my old magazines.  I keep them until I’ve tried every recipe that looks good, which I can’t seem to do in one month, and when the next issue comes, I just put the old one away for later.  This is why my Magazine Monday posts are usually from old (or very old) magazines.

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