Saturday, August 31, 2013

Labor Day Dishes to Share- Asian Noodles & Appetizers

Happy Labor Day Weekend! The official end of the American summer is here. It seems everyone has deserted town for that last three day getaway before fall.  We love staying in town on those weekends and enjoying the extra time for gatherings with friends and family.

Thank you Jen for this fab plate!

I'm not a big entertainer, but I have found having a small repetoire of go to dishes takes the stress out of it. If I am hosting here or bringing a dish to a party I usually do an appetizer plate with olives, herbed salami, honeyed goat cheese, rosemary crackers, and grapes or figs, depending on what's in season. I'm all about it being pretty and I have a beautiful plate from my friend Jen that I love to use for this. I also like tiny ramekins to hold the items and cute cheese knives.

 One of my best go to side dishes for get togethers is an Asian noodle salad. I have been meaning to share this for a while per a few requests. This is my Aunt Wendy's recipe and she and my grandmother love entertaining big groups. Some of her and grandmother's recipes serve 100! No one goes away hungry from a Fleming gathering! Everyone loves this and even my friends call this Aunt Wendy's noodles.

The great thing about this salad is it's easily doubled and tripled. I keep the ingredients on hand most of the time. The only thing fresh it needs is cilantro. In it's basic form it feeds up to 10. Wonderful to bring to a big gathering if you double it.  I thought this would be a good one for Labor Day should you need a dish to bring along...

Asian Noodle Salad

1/2 C cooking oil (I use canola or any basic oil.)

6 T sesame oil  (Try to get toasted if you can.)

1/2- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper

Stir these 3 items over medium heat for a minute or so. Off the heat and add:

6 T honey

1/4 C soy sauce

2 tsp. salt

Put mixture aside. Cook 1 pound angel hair pasta, drain, toss with oil mixture. Ideally, let refrigerate overnight or cool for a while then add just before serving:

1/2 C chopped peanuts

1/4 C chopped fresh cilantro leaves

2 T toasted sesame seeds

This dish can be changed to your tastes. My aunt also adds green onions and about a teaspoon more of pepper than I do which makes it a lot spicier.

I guarantee you will have a lot of fans for this dish!

 Wherever you are, I wish you a beautiful last summer weekend!

Thanks for reading!


Thanks Aunt Wendy for the recipe! xxoo


  1. Thanks Kim and Aunt Wendy! Loving that adorable picture of the two of you. I bet I could make that with brown rice pasta and it would be delicious? It looks like perfect party food.
    Hope you're having a great weekend, all my kids are home and we're enjoying the peace and quiet, I also like being home on a long weekend when everyone else is away!

  2. Looks delicious. I will be copying this dish! As for the appetisers, they often make up our whole dinner:) we love cheese and biscuit boards so much xx

  3. Okay darling Kim-now I'm drooling. You had me at the cheese tray-with honeyed goat cheese (that is also one of my favorites). That Asian Noodle salad looks so tasty with those wonderful flavors. That Aunt Wendy-great cook and such a sweet photo of you two.
    Thanks for sharing these great ideas!
    xx, Heather

  4. Your appetiser plate not only looks delicious but so attractive too - I agree that pretty dishes do make all the difference! Your Aunt Wendy sounds like a brilliant cook and the salad looks so healthy too. What a cute picture of you both.

  5. Looks delicious! Thx for sharing! xo Caroline

  6. That looks delicious. Call Auntie Wendy and tell her to make an extra portion, I'm coming over for dinner!

  7. Ooooh looks absolutely scrumptious! Can't wait to try this! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog - so glad to have discovered yours!

  8. That sounds wonderful, Kim. I hope you are well.