Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables

Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables

I made these Vietnamese pickled vegetables to take to a family gathering and they were a great hit. Very easy to make but you might have trouble finding daikon (Chinese white radish) unless you go to a specialty store with more Asian products. Great as a snack on the side or as a topping on a sandwich (especially a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, which I will have to try making soon!).

Radish Butter on Baguette

Radish Butter on Toasted Baguette

I have so many garden fresh radishes that I don’t know what to do with them. After a quick search on the internet, I found this recipe for radish butter. Apparently it’s a France French thing to pair radishes with butter. Well all I can say is it works! The butter cuts the sharp taste of the radish and season with a little salt and pepper, it tastes great on toast (or baguette in this case).

Asparagus, Chard & Soba Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Asparagus, Chard & Soba Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

This recipe is a nice light dish to make on a hot summer night as a meal for 4 people or appetizers for 6 (the recipe makes 12 rolls). You want to make sure you have everything prepped and organized before you start cooking because the individual cook times are very short and as long as you are ready, you can go pretty fast. Once everything is cooked, you can even have everyone make their own rolls (less work for you!).

Slow Cooker Bacon Spread

Yes, you read that right. I made this bacon jam as a DIY Christmas gift this year for the men in my family. When I saw this Martha Stewart recipe, I just couldn’t resist trying it. And what man doesn’t like bacon? I also brought some to work and although skeptical at first, many of my coworkers really liked it.


Escargots with Mushrooms

I was at the grocery store and saw the can of escargots on sale and just couldn’t resist. So I picked up some cheese, mushrooms and bread, deciding that I could somehow come up with something just as good as the restaurant.