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Cooking! (And Then Totally Cooling, Because It’s Hot Out): Sesame-Peanut Noodles

We were on vacation in the Outer Banks this summer when we ducked into Upside, a restaurant in Corolla, which, although clearly not the place whose employees ordinarily might jump up with glee and clap when a family with three small kids comes waltzing in, smiled and made room for us all the same. They had a special on the menu that night, a sesame noodle salad with some sort of scallops on top, and ever since we came back home in July I’ve been trying to recreate them (just the noodles–I could never recreate those scallops).Here’s the problem, though. These noodles–any sesame noodles, I think, because I’ve been trying them all–are, while incredible, not for everyone. My darling husband (you know him as David), holds a bit of an icy  place in his heart when it comes to cold noodles. He just doesn’t appreciate–nay, understand!–the concept. And when I, the primary cook of our family, sets a plate of this stuff down in front of him at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night–a sweltering, humid, miserable kind…

Caprese Salad

This isn’t even a recipe. It’s just sort of an assembly of awesome ingredients, especially as tomatoes start to come in season (we got our first one from our CSA box this week, which is what you’ll see here). But a caprese salad is awesome, and wonderful, and the easiest snack or appetizer you can make. Pair it with some crusty bread and you have a light lunch, too, unless your children are like ours and steal all the mozzarella when you’re not looking, leaving you with a pile of smushed tomatoes and half-bitten basil. Still, though, even that’s pretty delicious. Dang. Now I’m hungry. Caprese Salad  Serves 2 Ingredients one ripe beefsteak tomato one ball (8 oz.) fresh mozzarella six leaves of fresh basil extra-virgin olive oil sea salt pepper Directions Slice the tomato into six hearty slices. Do the same with the mozzarella. Arrange the first three ingredients on a plate, alternating one slice tomato, one slice mozzarella, one leaf of basil. Drizzle lightly with olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, preferably with a glass of chilled white wine…