Sesame Noodles and a Cookbook Contest!

First of all, for those of you eager to get to the contest, you might as well scroll right down to the middle of this post and look at the cover of the gorgeous new cookbook by Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman.

But before I get into the contest details, I would like to submit this post as Exhibit A in my ongoing quest to do absolutely everything that the Pioneer Woman tells me to do. For those of you who don’t know who she is, the Pioneer Woman writes the blog that all of us cooks/photographers/foodbloggers/dog-lovers aspire to. If you haven’t visited her website yet, you are missing OUT. Not that she needs any help from me — you will probably go from here to there and then never come back again. But if you PROMISE to return, take a look at It is a sight to see.

Anyway, a little while back she put up a recipe for sesame noodles, and told us (and I quote), “Make them this weekend!”

And since I am her devoted slave, I did. Amazingly, I had everything in the house except for the hot chili oil, and so I called 1-800-MYMOTHER, who always has everything somewhere in her pantry. Of course she had chili oil, so my lunchtime that same day the Southern husband and I were sitting down to the Pioneer Woman’s sesame noodles. Which were outstanding, as usual. We had them plain, but they would be terrific with some shredded chicken, and/or cucumber, carrots, shrimp, etc etc etc.

And if I haven’t been enough of a Pioneer Woman groupie for one day, I also need to tell you about this new cookbook she has.

And you can read more about it at the link below…The Pioneer Woman Cooks

And guess what??? I have not one, not two, but THREE copies to give away! The rules are simple: leave a comment on this post that gives me a suggestion for a recipe you would like me to make and photograph. In one week I will pick 3 incredibly lucky commenters at random to get a copy of THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS. Which I already know will be one of my favorite cookbooks of all time. (For my peeps who subscribe on email — click on the recipe title up top and it will take you to the web page where you can comment. I love you guys!!)

So back to the sesame noodles for a second…for all of you who have already seen this one on her site, I have road-tested it for you and it’s perfect. Of course. And for the rest of you…just don’t forget about me once you have seen her site. And last but not least, make sure you check the Pioneer Woman website for her book tour dates to see if she is coming to your town…if she does and you get to meet her, ask her for me how she manages to photograph Every Single Step of Every Single Recipe, and still have it come out perfectly Every Single Time?

Okay then…ready, set…comment!!


Sesame Noodles and a Cookbook Contest!
  • 12 ounces linguine, cooked and drained
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon hot chile oil
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 3 to 4 green onions, sliced thin
  1. Whisk all ingredients (except noodles and green onions) together in a bowl. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.
  2. Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with green onions and toss.


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  1. VeggieGirl says:

    I would like to see you make and photograph a batch of blondies! :)

  2. I would love to see your Christmas cookies…. I have a feeling you make some good ones!

  3. I would love to see your photographs for angels on horseback. Mmm, bacon.

  4. How about Green Tomato Butternut Squash enchiladas? Green tomatoes are so beautiful. And, in my kitchen, so plentiful…

  5. Make a sushi platter! Perhaps maki and nigiri both included? My challenge for you is to make rainbow roll.

  6. I would like to see you make some type of sour cream cheesecake, perhaps with a fruit topping. Pioneer Woman rocks!

  7. i would love to see side dish ideas for the holidays!

  8. I would like to see you make waffles!
    BTW – I saw you on Tastespotting.

  9. Would love to see you cook a hearty warming dish of seasonal root vegetables, especially beetroot would be interesting! Maybe something in a dutch oven… This would give you a good excuse for some recipe research. 😀

  10. It would be fun to see you make mochi! :)

  11. How about chicken alfredo? I've been meaning to make some for awhile now, but haven't gotten around to it. I would love to see your take on the dish!

  12. Would love to see your version of migas – my favorite breakfast. Glad I found you via tastespotting.

  13. I would love to see you make meatloaf.

  14. I vote for lasagna. It's one of my favorite foods, and I always have a hard time photographing it. I would love to see how you approach it.

  15. It's almost impossible to choose from so many great recipes! I would like to see you make and photograph the tiramisu. Thanks for the chance to win the book…

  16. I'd like to see a souffle. I've always wanted to make one but haven't done it yet.

  17. How about Turkey Day side dishes for the fast approaching Thanksgiving holiday!
    I think we ALL need to give special thanks this holiday season-there is SO much to be thankful for….

  18. Today I need to make something with delicata squash, white beans, chicken apple sausages and kale. I would love to see what you come up with.

  19. Kate, when I read your blog, I feel like Dixie must feel as she smells your delicious food cooking…my mouth is watering and I get absolutely ravenous. Hearty warming soups for winter would my choice of recipes to post…but any comfort food would make me equally happy.

  20. I would love to see a mixed salad – the one I make is spinach and baby greens, couscous, cubed breaded chicken, corn, toasted cashews, sliced roma tomatoes, raisins and little chunks of Parmesan cheese. I can't remember where I found it, but my fiancee and I eat it just about every other week. Any ideas on switching it up little?

  21. I would love to see a mixed salad – the one I make is spinach and baby greens, couscous, cubed breaded chicken, corn, toasted cashews, sliced roma tomatoes, raisins and little chunks of Parmesan cheese. I can't remember where I found it, but my fiancee and I eat it just about every other week. Any ideas on switching it up little?

  22. I would love to see you make a gnocchi dish. With winter up ahead it's the perfect kind of pasta for cold nights!

  23. Calamity Anne says:

    I've only made this soup once, and because of it, I judge all other onion soup recipes from it. So I'd love to see your rendition of Julia Childs Soupe A L'Oignon, and what the beautiful photo you would create!

  24. I would like to see you make Caesar Salad

  25. I had planned to make these tonight to go with a pork shar sui that has been marinating overnight. I'm excited to read that the recipe is great!

    I would like you to make breakfast empanadas.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Oxtails! Yes, something to do with oxtails…or Korean short ribs. Whichever one you can get your hands on. They both sound so seasonally fall like…don't you think?

  27. celestejohnson says:

    I would love to see you make peach pie. It is my favorite pie. :-)

    And I am putting a link to this contest on my FB wall and my blog. :-)

  28. How about a big ol' juicy burger?

    Or a western/denver/or whatever they call them in your neck of the woods sandwich?

    Or a quick week night pizza?

    Or anything with bacon, bacon, bacon? 😉

    I'm off to visit the Pioneer Woman site. I'd love to win her cookbook. Thanks for the chance!

  29. nita scot says:

    I am also a huge fan of the pioneer woman. I'd love to see you make her apple cake in an iron skillet and give us your take on it.

  30. laisselapluie says:

    Some dessert/dinner crepes would be awesome :)

  31. We share your passion for dogs (especially shelter dogs). How about something for them, like biscuits or dog cookies? We always buy our dogs a special treat during the holidays, but this year I was thinking of going homemade. Have any ideas or suggestions?

  32. coffee cake or danish!

  33. how about pie crust? I love pioneer woman!

  34. Hmm!
    How about a fridge challenge? Just whatever is in your refrigerator RIGHT NOW!
    No buying ingredients or even borrowing them….

  35. How about Osso Bucco with Risotto Milanese – it seems perfect for fall.

  36. How about baked ziti or some other Italian pasta dish?
    I really love your blog and Ree's too! I hope to see her when she comes to Dallas….so I'll ask her for you 😉

  37. I've always wanted to make a crown roast of pork with stuffing but have been hesitant to try it. I'd love for you to show me how easy it can be!

  38. I love your blog, just keep up what your doing. But if you want to make a Boston Cream Pie, I'd be pretty excited. Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. i'd love to see a dish with some fresh pasta!

  40. Jacqueline says:

    You have a terrific site! I go to Pioneer Woman, too, but have actually brought a few of your dishes into my rotation. (New wife = needs lots of recipes.) We LOVE your chili mac and I'm going to make your pumpkin soup for a soup night. Yum! Keep up the great work. :)

  41. I would love a rich, winter-y potato soup.

  42. Would love a recipe with quinoa in it…I just bought a big bag and need some inspiration. And, by the way, I love the pioneer woman's site but I really enjoy your's too!!

  43. Mrs. Mordecai says:

    I'd love to see some Battenburg Cake. It's so photogenic. :)

  44. I'd love to see some crepes with some fun fillings.

  45. I'm a huge pasta lover, so I'd love to see a nice classic pasta dish with a rockin tomato sauce or puttanesca sauce.

  46. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I would love for you to try my grandfather's Korean marinade on short ribs…the best! If I win I will share the recipe:) I also wouldn't mind seeing some homemade donuts…yum!

  47. Soup! It's been in the 70s this week, but I know it will get cold sooner or later! Something without tomatoes…I'm allergic.

  48. Oh how I want to be one of those incredibly lucky winner, cause I am obsessed with Pioneer Woman's recipes.

    Please make my all time favorite Pepperoncini Beef Sanwhiches. Wow, I am already licking my chops thinking about that photo.

  49. I would love to see petit fours (I have no idea how to spell them!), the little tiny cakes served at teas, or for that matter any tiny food served at teas. I love how special "tiny food" looks and makes you feel.

  50. I would love to see lamb chops, never made them but would love to learn. It would be amazing to be the winner of the cookbook, I love Pioneer woman.

  51. April and Ashley says:

    I would love for you to make and photograph this Gramercy Tavern Guinness Gingerbread.
    This recipe is fool-proof, fun, freezes well, and, most importantly, is unbelievably delicious!

  52. I am currently obsessed with finding the prefect brownie recipe. I would love to know if you have a favorite one you could show us.

  53. It would be fun to see you make sushi, complete with a picture tutorial :D.

  54. great giveaway! i'd like to see your take on a classic apple pie (my favorite dessert, if you must know…). :)

  55. Wow – what an awesome giveaway! I imagine PW's cookbook is going to be a bestseller – so many yummy recipes.

    Hmmmmmm I think I would like to request a lamb chop dish – my hubby loves lamb and I have never really made it for him because I don't know how – help? Thanks for the chance!

  56. I love her recipes, I'm sure her book must be great!

  57. marla (Family Fresh Cooking) says:

    Those noodles look delish!! I would add some shrimp to mine :)
    How about you make us an out of this world Hummingbird Cake…….with toasted coconut around the edges??? You better invite me over after u bake it :)

  58. I could certainly use some holiday inspiration…

  59. How about crepes on a regular lodge skillet? I've heard that you don't need special pans, but I've never tasted crepes so I wouldn't know if it was me, the equiipment or recipe…..if it doesn't taste good.

  60. Kristen J says:

    I would love to start seeing some good Thanksgiving appetizers and desserts! I love Pioneer Woman and love your blog! Thanks for the opportunity!

  61. Mark & Amy says:

    How about a pie recipe? I saw Ree's recipe for "A Scrumptious Apple Pie" that looked divine, but I haven't had a chance to give it a try.

    Love this blog and The Pioneer Woman. I can't even count how many recipes I've tried from the two of you. Thank you for sharing the delicious recipes and photos.

  62. Mark & Amy says:

    How about a pie recipe? I saw Ree's recipe for "A Scrumptious Apple Pie" that looked divine, but I haven't had a chance to give it a try.

    Love this blog and The Pioneer Woman. I can't even count how many recipes I've tried from the two of you. Thank you for sharing the delicious recipes and photos.

  63. This is going to sound dumb, but how about if you make and photograph some sort of spanish rice? I have yet to do that just right. The rice is always soggy, or not enough moisture. I can make pie crusts, pastry, but not rice. (shakes head)

  64. This is such a great giveaway!! You are so very generous. Thank you!

    I would love to see you make Pastor Ryan's Pasta Carbonara. It's my favorite dish {so far!} of Ree's and I've never been able to get a photo of it.

    I'm new to your site and I'm making your ham w/ chunky apple walnut cranberry dish right now. It smells so good!

  65. chromiumman says:

    would love to see a pie crust

  66. Stephanie says:

    Please make a classic pumpkin pie, I'd love to try that!

  67. I would love to see a fall soup…preferably with butternut squash. I am looking for a go-to fall recipe!!


  68. dessertsbylidnsay says:

    I would love to see you photograph a Thanksgiving spread. Think of all the possibilities!

  69. I would love to see a non-salmon fish recipe (I love salmon, but it's the fish I cook most often so I need ideas for other types of fish). And also maybe some homemade pasta- we always have trouble using the correct amount of flour. Thanks!!

  70. I'd love to see make and photograph pumpkin pie, just in time for the holidays!

  71. I would love to see you prepare a holiday meal, either Thanksgiving or Christmas.

  72. Thumbelina says:

    I would love to see some neat halloween treat ideas! Or perhaps a nice salad (jelly, pasta, whatever it may be!) that would be perfect to serve at Christmas time!
    … egg nog? 😀

  73. I would love to see some panini recipes.

  74. Elizabeth says:

    Roasted Vegetable Lasagna would be great to see all those layers of pasta and lovely colored vegetables.

    I am also a PW slave, my husband is always eager to try the "cowboy food".

    I can't wait to get my hands on her cookbook!

  75. dvaldespino says:

    My daughter loves asparagus and has asked me to cook them for Thanksgiving dinner. Soooo…please do something with asparagus and give me idea of what to make for her. Thanks so much.

  76. Caramel apples that don't have corn syrup as an ingredient as you can't get it here!

  77. Tastecraft says:

    how about some cinnamon rolls? mmmmm.

  78. I would love to see a whole chicken roasted golden brown in the oven covered with a wonderful sauce sitting atop a bed of peppers and pineapple.

  79. don't forget the greens! How about a nice salad entree?

  80. I have to vote for sushi also. I think of myself as a good cook, but I always find sushi intimidating.

  81. i love that recipe! anything comfort food cause its getting cold.

  82. I love your blog! How about making some easy but interesting appetizers to serve this holiday season? I love having friends come over to hang out, have a few drinks and some munchies, but I never know what to serve.

    Lauren G.

  83. oOcallasOo says:

    Your blog's fantastic! I know all about trying to do whatever Pioneer Woman tells you to – especially when it comes to the use of butter. I'd love to get my hands on her cook book.
    I'd love to see an easy recipe for a christmas-y turkey. something with plums, oranges and marrons in the filling, but not too sweet.

  84. I would love to see a pork chop recipe! I have a freezer full of lamb and need inspiration! I absolutely love PW!!

  85. Margaret L says:

    How about some hummus? I'm so nervous to make it, but it doesn't seem that difficult

  86. More Pioneer Woman recipes! Her Crash potatoes are AMAZING, and then of course there's anything from her new pear crisp to her stuffed mushrooms. I am drooling now.

  87. Jennifer Huckabee says:

    love both of your sites…how about a roasted pork loin with dark cherry sauce, oohhh so yummy!

  88. I would love a quick easy chicken dish for dinner.

  89. I would love to see how you would photograph something that is plain in color such as chicken fettuccine Alfredo. I can never make it look anything but blah.

  90. Chris The Baker says:

    Ooh! The Pioneer Woman! I'm such a fan. Actually DID complete reading her love story! *Blush*
    My family loves her Carbonara recipe. And it's so simple to put together.

    How about making something using Pork? It's a meat that always seem to end up coming out tough and dry in my kitchen and braising it usually takes hours. A roast pork dish perhaps?

  91. Hmm…that's a tough one! How about…fudge? Do you make fudge? Without marshmallow fluff? :)

  92. This sesame noodle dish looks delicious! Going with an asian theme, I'd love to see you make Chicken Katsu, my favorite Hawaiian dish. :)

  93. I just stumbled upon your blog…beautiful pictures and entertaining commentary! I would like to see a recipe for a tall, gorgeous, melt in your mouth cheesecake!

  94. I'd love to see Hot Buttered Rum mix, and of course the Hot Buttered Rums that one could make with it!

  95. Ok, I would love to see you re-create the warm chocolate melting cake that the cruise ships serve. Talk about yummy :o) Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you are good to go.

  96. I would love to see you make pumpkin/pecan pie. I haven't been able to find a recipe for that combo.

  97. Tasty Eats At Home says:

    I second the lamb chops! I'm getting a whole butchered lamb in December and would love some lamb chop ideas!

  98. Since it is around holiday times, why not take a picture of holiday food, like good old fashion pumpkin pie or some apple pie.

  99. tyumenqueen says:

    I'd love to see some decorated sugar Christmas cookies…yummy!

  100. Hey exceptional website! Does running a blog similar to this take a massive amount work?
    I’ve no knowledge of programming but I was hoping to start my own blog in the near future. Anyways, should you have any ideas or techniques for new blog owners please share. I know this is off subject but I simply had to ask. Thanks a lot!


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