|The recipe for this three layer red devils food cake is given as Brian's Red Devils Food Birthday Cake on 6/11/10.|
God Bless Brian for smoking the pork butt on Saturday as it makes things so much easier on Sunday!! Not all the mess of that clean up and it is so much easier to pull the pork and cut out any fat or waste when the meat is cold. The meat is also a lot moister if allowed to grow cold and reabsorb it's own juices.
|Smoked, pulled, then slathered with sauce Boston Butt.|
|These are easily made ahead and can even be frozen then baked.|
|There is seldom any left when this cake is on the table.|
The new "do again" hit of the meal was the Crunchy Chinese Salad. My adaptation comes from a recipe I found on jamiecooksitup.blogspot.com one day last week. We make an Asian slaw a lot this time of year and this is similar. What attracted me is the added crunch with more Ramon Noodles than usually called for and the peanut spiked dressing. Plus, I have cabbages splitting in the garden from the heat and I can use this new twist as a new way to serve it up!
|The crunch and the peanut flavored dressing sets this salad in a class of it's own.|
2-3 pounds of Chinese Cabbage or green and red cabbage shredded
5-6 green onions with tops sliced
3 pkgs. Ramon noodles
1/2 C. butter
1/4 C. pine nuts or sliced almonds
1/4 C. sesame seeds
1/2 C. + 1 T. canola oil
3 T. creamy peanut butter
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 C. rice vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
Note: The benefit of using the Nappa Cabbage (Chinese Cabbage) is that the leaves are very porous and soak up the dressing beautifully. But it is quite flavorful with it's green cousin.
Remove the core from whichever cabbage you are using and shred it to you families liking. Place this in a large bowl and mix in the sliced green onions then set aside in the refrigerator. (You may want to put this in a plastic bag for now until serving time.)
Place the three blocks of Ramon noodles in a large (gallon size or bigger) heavy plastic bag and pound them into small pieces using a rolling pin or smooth sided meat tenderiser. Heat a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the broken noodles, nuts, and seeds then brown them lightly stirring constantly as not to burn. Set them aside to cool.
Using a small pan measure the oil, peanut butter, sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce into it over medium-high heat. Stir to melt everything together and bring to a full boil. Boil for one minute then remove from the heat and cool fully.
When you are ready to serve toss the cabbage, green onions, the Ramon mixture, and dressing all together until well coated. Serve immediately. Yield 12-15 servings. Enjoy.