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Cold Noodles with Asian Peanut Sauce #FoodieExtravaganza

This is one of my favorite recipes. I love leftovers, and somehow a cold peanut noodle salad, tastes like the best kind of leftovers. The tang of soy sauce and ginger and garlic…so good for a quick lunch, and since this takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish, I know you will love it too!

Cold Noodles with Asian Peanut Sauce

Here we are:

Cold Noodles with Asian Peanut Sauce #FoodieExtravaganza


  • 3 cloves of garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. veg. oil
  • 2 Tbsp tamari or good soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • Dash cayenne
  • ¼ tsp tabasco
  • ½ cup smooth, natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 pound linguine (1/2 a box)
  • 1 cup red & yellow peppers sliced into bite-sized pieces


  1. In a large bowl, add the garlic through the tabasco. Whisk together.
  2. Add the peanut butter. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Boil linguine according to package, drain and add to the sauce. Add the peppers and scallions.
  4. Toss to coat it all with the sauce. Garnish with more chopped scallion if you want. Chill & Serve.
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This recipe is very loosely inspired by the Szechwan Noodles in the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (the original one! page. 108)

I say, loosely since I changed quite a bit! The original recipe is fantastic, I just didn’t have all the ingredients that she called for, nor did I want to, so I came up with this version, which is way cheaper, easier to make and just as good!

In case you want to make hers, just know the changes I made:

  • I omitted the tahini, sherry, hot chili oil, sesame oil
  • I changed the process, to hand whisk instead of process it. I halved the recipe to serve 4.
  • I added tabasco, made the peanut butter natural, used cider vinegar instead of sherry vinegar, used tamari instead of soy, powdered ginger instead of fresh.

See? I did say, loosely!

If you are inspired to make any other delicious peanut butter goodies, the bloggers of Foodie Extravaganza are doling out some awesome eats today!

Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly food fest, where a group of bloggers all create and share a recipe around one of the monthly food ‘holidays’ as detailed in The Nibble. This month Sneha from Snehas Recipe is hosting, Peanut Butter is our theme. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you’re a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE. Check out these great Peanut Butter submissions!

Homemade Peanut butter Cups from Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Cold Noodles with Asian Peanut Sauce from Hardly a Goddess

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars from Palatable Pastime

Peanut Butter Bars with Oatmeal and Chocolate Chips from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Peanut Butter Cookies from Basic N Delicious

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from Sneha’s Recipe

West African Peanut Soup from Caroline’s Cooking

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bread from Making Miracles

Easiest Sort-of-Homemade Chicken Soup

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A GoddessI am sick this week, y’all. I am so sick, that my co-workers look at me, and back right off! They opt to sit on the opposite side of the table, and during meetings I am relegated to the satellite table by myself to sit coughing and blowing my nose, as my eyes well up with germ-tears. It is bad. Not so bad, that I can’t work, but bad enough, that people sort of don’t want me to. I needed chicken soup this week. Like, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But as, I have shared before, when you are “the mom” – no one is making that soup for you, my dear. You have to make it yourself. Except this time, I am teaching Mr. Hag how to make it, just in case it is needed in a dire emergency. This is my second round of making it this week, so I am a pro at it. Normally, the best chicken soup, that I would make for others has homemade stock, made from a whole chicken, and seasoned with lots of veggies. But when I am sick, I need faster-food, and comforting food, and this is the one. Make note:

Buy this:

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Do this (I know it’s already in the fridge):

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Get your add-ins (matzah balls, or leftover rice, or cooked pasta shapes) ready:

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

And put it all together:

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Now stand back and stick a spoon in. You are done. You’re welcome!

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup


  • 1 Tbsp.oil
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and diced
  • 2- 32 ounce cartons of chicken broth
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 - cans condensed Golden Mushroom (or you can use 2 more of the mushroom if you can't find it)
  • 2 cups of shredded/chopped cooked chicken (I pick up a rotisserie)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Add-ins: cooked noodles, prepared matzah balls,OR leftover rice.


In a large pot, add 1 Tbsp. oil and saute the veggies for 3 minutes until the onion is transparent.

Add the broth, and cans of soup. Bring to a boil, and then lower to a simmer for 15 minutes to cook the veggies.

While it's simmering, shred your chicken and make your optional add-ins:

Your choice of 1: noodles, matzah balls or rice.

Once the broth cooks for 15 minutes, add in the chicken and seasoning, and serve with the add-ins. I don't put the add-ins into the broth, but instead serve them into the bowl and ladle the broth mixture over the top. {That way the noodles don't blow up, or the rice gets soggy, or the matzah balls fall apart.}



So easy, even someone other than “the mom” can do it. It is open-a-can and get a rotisserie chicken, easy. If you have leftover rice or noodles to throw in, so you don’t need to cook them, all the better. I am willing to make matzah balls so that I can add them in, since they are the ultimate of comfort in this soup. If you have never had them, you don’t need anything but the pre-made mix, eggs and oil. You boil them in water like you would for noodles. Done. The package has directions- Enjoy~

Have a great and healthy rest of your week!

Linking with Full Plate Thursday

Winter BLT Panzanella: AKA Bread Salad

Bread Salad PanzanellaJoin me today, as I share some amazing salads with the amazing cooks of #SundaySupper! Not only are these unique and great ideas for winter salads, but they are a great way to get those greens all month long and then into March too! This is pretty much a full meal plan for staying healthy throughout the rest of the cold winter! I made my own BLT Panzanella, which is a bread-salad that is made more delicious, the longer it sits in your fridge (READ: leftovers!), and this is just one of the 50+ recipes below!

I love BLTs: Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato sandwiches. My adult self knows that there is a better way to eat this for my everyday lunch than on white toast, but the combination of bacon and tomato….nothing better.  Bread salad is a great way to re-create this great combo by using up stale bread, making it into homemade croutons and then mixing it with the chunky cut-up vegetables and adding some smokey bacon.

To make it a bit more comforting for winter, I make the dressing on the stove to warm it all up before I pour it over the greens- kind of wilting them and softening the bread, making it better, the longer it sits. The key is the letting it sit. Anywhere from 2 hours to 24 will do the trick: De-lish!

Bread Salad Panzanella

Winter BLT Panzanella “Bread Salad” & A #SundaySupper Line-up of Winter Salads

A hearty salad witht the crusty bread, this Panzanella is a delicious combination of the light dressing with the smokey bacon.


    For the bread cubes
  • 2-3 cups crusty (Italian or French) bread cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil (for drizzling)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp.ground black pepper
  • The Salad
  • 4 cups hearty greens (I used arugula)
  • 1 cup halved grape-tomatoes
  • 1 cup rough chopped seeded cucumber
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 3 slices cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • For the dressing
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 a minced shallot
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard


For the bread cubes

Preheat oven to 275*. Spray or line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment. Lump your cubes in the center of the pan, and drizzle with the oil. Toss to coat all the pieces, and layer them flat in the pan. In a separate bowl, combine the herbs, and then sprinkle them over the cubes. Bake for 10 minutes until just dried out, not browned. Set aside to cool, while you do the rest.

Assemble the veggies

In a large bowl add: Greens, tomatoes, cucumber, scallions, bacon and cooled bread cubes.

Set this aside and make the dressing.

For the dressing

In a skillet, add the oil over medium heat until hot, and then add the shallots until translucent.

Add the vinegar, sugar, mustard.

Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

Pour over the salad, and toss completely.

Cover and let sit for atleast 2 hours. Serve!


*Note: Do not overbake these cubes into croutons...you just want to dry them out, not brown them. **If your bread is already stale, you can skip baking them, and just season them a bit with the herbs for flavor.


winter bread salad with bacon

Now, here’s where I link to these 50+ amazing salad recipes for you:

#SundaySupper Winter Salads

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Wild Rice Salad plus more Winter Salad Recipes #SundaySupper from Sunday Supper Movement

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