But what about the laundry? And Red Cabbage Salad with Pistachios

When I was a little girl, Ma would tell me stories about her own mother cooking great feasts for the holidays with her greatest memory being her mother’s homemade ravioli. “Mamma would cover all the bedspreads in clean sheets so she could lay the ravs down for them to dry.” I loved my Ma telling me that story as I can imagine ravioli all over the beds in each bedroom. Such a rustic and old fashioned scene. Nowadays the stores sell fancy racks for drying. But look at me! I have found that drying my pasta on hangers works way better than that fancy pasta rack I had purchased years ago and have since tossed because I got tired of assembling it and losing pieces. I hang the hangers from my cabinet knobs and drape the pasta there until I am ready to cook it. Last night we hosted our 2nd Annual Cranky Pasta Night for Himself’s company’s Summer Associates. Instead of singing for their supper, they have to crank pasta!

So What Else Have I Been Doing?


Last Friday I catered a Northern Virginia Wine Tour for Himself’s office outing, making planks of Pressed Sandwiches, three types- Chicken Cobb Salad, Chicken Insalata Caprese, and Beef with Brie, Caramelized Onions, and Arugula.


There was a Cheese Flight as well. Five cheeses, Devils on Horseback (dried apricots wrapped in smokey bacon), Lemon Drops (dates stuffed with Mascarpone cheese and lemon zest), Salami, and olives. I used Red Oak planks balanced on cans of Pastene. Click on the photos for a closer look.


I also served two salads. Dig Deep and Red Cabbage Salad with Pistachios.


I have made this Red Cabbage Salad a few times since finding it on the web several weeks ago. It comes from the blog The Cilantropist who got it from James Peterson’s Cooking. This salad is easy to make and brings raves reviews. It was especially popular for my Wolf Trap Salon. The Sesame Oil in this recipe shines.


And lastly, I hosted my Brunch Salon last Saturday using delicious uncured Farmer’s breakfast sausage and free range organic eggs to make my Scotch Eggs, and Farm fresh fruit for my Hot Fruit Salad. It has been a delicious last few days.

Red Cabbage Salad With Pistachios– adapted from The Cilantropist
One small red cabbage
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1/3 cup white wine vinegar, or rice vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
ground black pepper
1- 1 1/2 cups shelled and unsalted roasted pistachios- I did not toast

Remove outer leaves of cabbage, rinse and dry cabbage. Cut cabbage in quarters through the stem end. Core each quarter and slice in 1/4 inch slices. Place cabbage in a large bowl and toss with salt, stirring to be sure all pieces are covered with salt for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile shake together vinegar, sesame oil, vegetable oil, and a few grinds of black pepper in a jar. After 30 minutes take handfuls of the cabbage and squeeze out excess water then placing in a large clean bowl. I used a few layers of paper towels to do the squeezing. Toss with dressing and top with pistachios. If not serving immediately, place pistachios in a separate container and toss in with cabbage just before serving. Serves about 8.

About that laundry? It will get done, it always does (somehow).

11 Comments

  1. Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

    girl, you have been eating GOOD! it all looks sooo delicious!

  2. Kelly
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 8:49 AM | Permalink

    Wow, making your own pasta! That's so inspiring! The sandwhiches look sooo goood.

  3. Fallon
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

    Everything looks fabulous. Any leftovers for me? 😉

  4. FOODalogue
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    Such energy! Everything looks wonderful. I never saw the 'dig deep' salad but I think it's fun and a great presentation. Yummy to all!
    P.S. My paternal grandmother also dried ravioli on the bed! 🙂

  5. oneordinaryday
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM | Permalink

    My gosh, you are one busy lady! Those events all sound awesome, and I have no doubt the food was exceptional. I'm gonna have to try the red cabbage recipe. I always think it's a shame that you only see it in iceberg lettuce salads.

  6. vanillasugar
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 8:39 PM | Permalink

    nice arms!
    you are getting quite the body ms thing.
    i need to be more like you when it comes to working out.

  7. Mimi
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 10:50 PM | Permalink

    You are certainly keeping busy! We dry our pasta on hanger too.
    Mimi

  8. Penny
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM | Permalink

    Man, Robin Sue, You have been busy. Love the pasta drying racks! I was thinking of getting my pasta machine out of the back of a cabinet and start cranking again. Think I will do it. You have inspired me.

  9. Big Dude
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 5:40 PM | Permalink

    Great looking food Robin Sue. My mom and grandma often made egg noodles and used the same system for drying them – they were hanging all over the house.

  10. Karen
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM | Permalink

    Busy, busy!! The cabbage salad looks amazing and I love how you presented the sandwiches and cheese on the planks!

  11. Biz
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 8:32 AM | Permalink

    I don't know how I missed this post! Love the idea of using hangers to dry pasta!

    Have a great weekend Robin.

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