Easy Peasy Crunchy Asian Coleslaw Recipe

This past weekend we were in NJ meeting with the person who is semi-officiating our wedding (it’s a Quaker wedding, so the ceremony is a bit… different). He is such a cool guy; I’ve known him since I was a teeny little kid. His son is almost my age. Anyway, we went over to his house to chat about what we want, and they happened to be having a BBQ. His wife Karen had made the best coleslaw I’ve ever had, so I had to try to recreate it. So that’s what I did just now (and accidentally ate it all, but that’s okay: I have more cabbage and will make it again as soon as I finish typing this).

Maggie’s/Karen’s Crunchy Asian Coleslaw Recipe


  • 4-5 cups of shredded cabbage (I used a mandoline – so much easier/faster than a grater!)
  • 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette (not vinegar, vinaigrette! you can make it yourself with oil and balsamic vinegar, or you can use your favorite bottled version – I used Wishbone’s – and please do not use the fat free version)
  • 1/2 package of ramen noodles, crumbled finely (not quite crushed completely, but broken down a lot)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce (or to taste)


  1. Mix everything together. Add more dressing or soy sauce if you so desire.
  2. Serve! (These plates are biodegradable reusable palm leaf plates that are completely earth friendly – they get the leaves off the ground so they don’t even hurt the trees. I can’t remember what brand mine are, but here is an example of some palm leaf plates.)

It’s great for a snack, with lunch or dinner, and hey – even breakfast (if you like veggies at breakfast). It has an Asian feel to it because of the ramen so I figured soy sauce would be a good accent. It’s really yum!

Exercise of the day: Today I walked over to Central Park and walked up 5th Avenue (the east side of Central Park) for about 20 blocks. Then I walked back. I also walked home from work (a little over a mile). Total: exactly 4.0 miles (according to Google Maps).

I can’t get over the fact that I am getting married in a little over 3 weeks. 3 weeks! And then I’m going to Hawaii.

Is anyone interested in doing a guest post about something related to marriage / wedding / food / relationship / health / traveling / etc? I’m going to be gone for 2 weeks so I definitely need some help to keep the blog updated while I’m away. Please email me or leave a comment below!

Guest Post: Substituting Ingredients

Yesterday I reviewed Becky Epstein’s new book, Substituting Ingredients… And now here is a guest post from Becky herself!


When I originally wrote the first draft for Substituting Ingredients, I was working with a friend, in her big kitchen in Santa Barbara. As I recall, it was a sunny weekend morning and there were lots of people around. We decided to test out pancake recipes with and without eggs, to see how the substitutes would work. We made several versions be cooking involves chemical reactions like leavening (rising) and proportions of liquids and solids.


When we felt we had it down, we invited people to taste. I think we made them try each one without syrup first, which wasn’t exactly what they wanted. But after they made their choice of favorites, we let them pour on the syrup. Surprisingly, most people’s favorite was the pancakes we made without the eggs.

That gave us a lot of courage, to keep trying more and more substitutes. It was also a signal to our families that they were going to have to try a lot of strange things before the book was finished.

The simplest thing is to take your favorite pancake recipe and if you don’t have an egg, add:

  • 2 tablespoons milk or juice
  • 2 tablespoons flour (not packed down)
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.

The pancakes will be nice and fluffy!

Thanks again, Becky. Can’t wait to try out more of your substitutions!

If you haven’t seen it already, here is my dad’s buttermilk pancake recipe. It’s awesome… but I don’t always have the right ingredients. Perhaps I should use some of Becky’s subs 🙂

This weekend we are headed into New Jersey for lots of wedding errands. What are your weekend plans?


What are the most common ingredient substitutions that you do?

Friday Fix: I’m out of here!

I’m so glad you all liked my education links yesterday! I didn’t realize they would generate such interest. I guess learning is cool after you get out of school.

Today I guest posted at my longtime friend’s blog, I Swim For Oceans. Melissa writes a book blog and she’s always giving me good ideas. I have known her since I was in middle school and we’ve reconnected via blogging – I did get to see her at my reunion back in November though. I also won her contest a while back and got a signed book from a local author (Brooklyn). So go check out the guest post called Friday Fix.

That’s all for today… just wanted to stop in and link to my guest post! Have a great wonderful amazing weekend. I’m off to K-town with Bobby for some banchan and bibimbap.