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Recipes from Life's a Feast Episode 3

Vietnamese Style Banh Mi Sandwich


Slaw: 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar 1/2 cup julienned carrot 1/2 cup julienned Daikon Radish

Seasoned Pork: 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion 6 ounces ground pork 1 tablespoon roast pork seasoning mix available in Asian Aisle pinch of garlic [...]

Homemade Chicken Soup

We are in the heart of cold and flu season, and it is a particularly nasty flu going around. There are many people searching for anything that will comfort them. Nothing is more comforting than homemade chicken noodle soup, and it is easier than you think. This is a recipe i have adapted from my [...]

BLT Potato Salad


Three medium to large sized potatoes cut into large chunks

Olive oil

5 pieces of cooked bacon (I prefer nitrate free) chopped

1/2 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half

1 head of romaine lettuce, cleaned and chopped

1/2 cup mayonaise (Hellman’s) – adjust to taste

1/4 cup sour cream – ajdust to taste

Kosher [...]

Thousand Island Dressing (adapted from America's Test Kitchen )

This is the best recipe for thousand island dressing I have come across. It is fresh, thick and luxurious and you won’t be able to stop eating it! Amazing for homemade Reuben sandwiches

1 cup Hellman’s (Best on West Coast) Mayo (do not use Miracle whip, it is too sweet and will over power the [...]

Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Simple and delicious dressing, great for all kinds of greens.

3/4 cup grape seed oil (you can use a high quality olive oil if you like, but I prefer the cleaner taste of grape seed oil) 1/4-1/3 cup of grated Parmesan (to your liking) 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 shallot, minced 2 teaspoons Dijon [...]

Pasta with a White Wine and Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

This recipe is from the cooking demo I did at the Eastern Iowa Wine Festival at the Blackhorse Inn. I will try to convert down to a smaller portion (4-6 people), as I made this dish in bulk for sampling. The dish is simple and fun to play with, so please explore your cooking goddess [...]

Italian Salsa Verde Adapted from Bon Appetit July 2010

Makes 1 cup

1 garlic clove, minced 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper 1/2 teaspoon packed grated lemon peel 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3/4 cup good quality EVOO 3/4 cup packed chopped Italian parsley 1 tablespoon capers, drained 2 anchovy fillets, minced

Mix first 5 [...]

Basic Vinaigrette

As many of you know, I rarely buy a dressing from the store. Vinaigrette’s are about as easy and tasty as they get, not to mention, if you use a high quality extra virgin olive oil, it is a rather healthy option (assuming you don’t drowned the salad)

I have a bunch of mason ball [...]

Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

This is one of my favorite salad dressings, and again, all made in one jar. A good quality extra virgin olive oil is key. Lower quality will lead to a bitter or ‘green’ taste that will overwhelm the dressing

3/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 clove minced garlic [...]

Making Yogurt Cheese

Yogurt Cheese

1 1/2 cup no fat greek yogurt 3 coffee filters small strainer dish to hold strainer and allow for up to a cup of liquid

Place strainer over dish. Place the three coffee filters into strainer and add the yogurt. Wrap tightly and put in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Depending on [...]