Daring Cooks July!

Well, it's that time again. Someday I'll manage to post here more than just for the Daring Cooks!

The July 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make their own nut butter from scratch, and use the nut butter in a recipe. Their sources include Better with Nut Butter by Cooking Light Magazine, Asian Noodles by Nina Simonds, and Food Network online.

I was originally planning to make a beef curry with homemade peanut butter, but with the recent heat wave I decided on something cold instead: Cold Peanut Soba.

I'm not even sure this counts as a recipe, it's so easy. I should make it more often. I also used some of the nut butter to make a peanut sauce for dipping gyoza. I loved it so much more than store-bought peanut sauces or even the ones I've made with regular peanut butter. I think nut butter will be a staple from now on.

Peanut Soba

4 bundles soba noodles
1/4 c ground peanuts
1/4 c soy sauce
1 Tb sesame oil
1 tsp sugar (or more depending)
1 tsp sriracha (or more if you like it spicy)

Boil the noodles for about 3 minutes or according to package directions. drain and rinse with cold water, and put into a bowl

In a small bowl, mix together the peanuts and soy sauce and sesame oil to form the sauce. Add sugar and sriracha, adjust to taste. Pour over cold noodles and mix in so each noodle is coated. Serves 4-6.


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