My husband and daughters know that anytime they have a particular food request, all they have to do is ask. With our daughters, the requests are generally dessert-related..
- Hmmm… when’s the last time we had chocolate chip cookies?
- You know what sounds good? Brownies!
- I could sure go for some peanut butter fudge about now…
Or, they take the approach my youngest, Stephany, did a few weeks ago, “How would you like to make a chocolate cake this week?” Direct. Specific. It was delicious.
My husband is in an Asian sort of mind lately. I’m making Asian Guacamole tonight, at his request, and we had Asian Slaw for our Super Bowl party last night. I served it with breaded & fried Bang Bang Shrimp (Click the link for the recipe – it’s outstanding, and really easy to make. You can find the ingredients in the Asian section of your supermarket.) I also had Crab Rangoon with sweet & sour sauce, cupcakes with Green Bay Packers icing, Rooster Eggs (Again click. Again delicious. Again easy.) and a chicken, rice, and shrimp concoction that my Wok had in mind.
The food was even better than the game. Below is the recipe I used for Asian Slaw. I simply built upon the great recipe for Asian Slaw from McCormick’s.
Here’s McCormick’s Crunchy Asian Slaw Recipe. I’ll tell you what I added below.
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Ginger, Ground
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin 2-inch strips (1 cup)
3 ounces snow pea pods, cut into thin strips (1 cup)
1 unpeeled firm ripe pear, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon McCormick® Sesame Seed, toasted
- Mix oil, orange juice, vinegar, sugar, ginger and salt in small bowl until well blended.
- Mix Napa cabbage, bell pepper, snow peas and pear in large bowl. Add dressing; toss to coat well. Cover.
- Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve. Sprinkle with sesame seed before serving.
First let me make it perfectly clear, the recipe above (as is) is beyond spectacular. Feel free to make it just like it is without my additions. I simply wanted to get a little jiggy.
I doubled the sauce (orange juice, vinegar, sugar, ginger, oil, and salt) and added the following in addition to the vegetables and fruit called for above:
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 bok choy, thinly sliced
- 1 small can La Choy bean sprouts, drained
- 1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded
I left off the sesame seeds simply because my store AND my pantry were out! Otherwise, they would have been an outstanding addition.
My version of the recipe makes a lot – I had a lot of people to serve, plus I wanted leftovers. Slaw – the next day – is always a wonderful thing.
By the way, if someone in your family ever comes up with a recipe suggestion, one of the best places to check for recipes (besides the food blog you’re on of course!) is McCormick’s Website. Who else to know ALL about great, flavorful cooking than seasoning experts?!!