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Dear Aunt Nettie,
I need a great tasting and very colorful pot luck dish to bring to a summer party. I don't have a lot of time to spend at it because I work all week and have to do shopping and cleaning on the weekend. Is there anything that might fit into my schedule?
Well Howdy there Anita,
I kin see y'all got yer hands full, but don't you fret none, child, 'cause when yer out doin' yer shoppin' jes pick up a package o' them glass noodles at a Chinese or Japanese market, or maybe yer regular market has 'em. Then all's ya do is boil 'em up, an toss 'em together with a heap o' nice fresh veggies. Now, that weren't so bad an' that bowl o' salad is gonna look mighty purty sittin' on the potluck table.
Dependin' how many folks is comin', y'all might need ta double or even triple the recipe. But that's not trubblesome neither. Well, darlin', I sure hopes yer nice recipe makes them party folks mighty pleased.
Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie
A recipe that looks as good as it tastes, this Asian influenced salad is ideal for summer entertaining. It comes together quickly and can even be made the day before, giving the salad a marinated quality.
GLASS NOODLE SALAD
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups (720 ml) shredded green cabbage
1 to 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
* Yam noodles are available in Asian markets
Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.
Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.