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The Cookstr Weekly: Cold Noodle Dishes For Hot Summer Days

July 27, 2015


When I want a substantial dish in the summer that’s satisfying any time of day but doesn’t have me sweating by the time I sit down to eat, I think immediately of cold noodles. Often the craving begins with the sesame-peanut variety, garnished with julienned cucumber and sesame seeds. Then I branch out to noodles like soba and udon, and even experiment with variations on that old picnic classic, pasta salad.

Whether you prefer angel hair or farfalle, egg noodles or buckwheat, these ten cold noodle dishes are perfect for al fresco dinners – and equally suited to eating straight out of a Tupperware from the fridge when you’re back from the beach and famished.

Warmest regards,

Kara Rota
Editorial Director
by Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord

Paired with a sweet-tart summer fruit salsa, queso fresco’s signature soft personality is highlighted by a generous amount of fruity acid. This cheese has a lighter flavor, though some varieties are saltier than others. If you feel that your cheese is on the saltier side of the spectrum, reduce the amount of salt in this dish by half. You may also find this cheese under the name queso blanco.” – Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord

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Leanne is the author of Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day. This week, Leanne joined the Clever Cookstr to talk about cooking great meals on a budget. For example, pulled pork is a shareable, celebratory dish that starts with an inexpensive cut of meat, pork shoulder. You cook it low and slow in the oven, on the grill, or in a crockpot, and it happily feeds a crowd. Leftovers can be used for sandwiches, tacos, or added to rice and beans or soup. When you’re buying basic things that have multiple uses, you’ll be able to stretch them over a variety of meals. 

by Mindy Segal

“When I rode a motorcycle, I’d head up to Milwaukee on a day off and stop at Fuel Café. It was there that I encountered a malted espresso drink. I already loved both malt and coffee, and there they were together, the malt balancing the harshness of the coffee. I had discovered best friends in the flavor department. Now I use this combination all the time. 

Adding a spoonful of caramel sauce to the milk chocolate hot fudge is optional, but if you have some left over from another recipe, use it. It cranks up the malt and rounds out the coffee even more. These cookies are great alongside ice cream. Or dip them in chocolate for a polished look.” – Mindy Segal

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