Adam and Brandie have started vlogging about their dinners. Their first video is a delicious looking Caesar salad with shrimp! The name WTF is for dinner stands for Wendt the Fuck is for Dinner – the name is based on another vlog series Adam keeps up called “WTF Came in the Mail.”
Video Transcript Voice over the images of food being prepared Adam: So, I went to the store and put the food away before I saw that people were doing grocery hauls. So, I thought I’d do what we’re doing for dinner tonight. We’re gonna do shrimp and a Caesar salad. So we have romaine, shrimp that is raw, peeled and deveined. So – less work. Garlic, butter, ginger for the shrimp. We got croutons and parmigiano reggiano cheese, and we have Ken’s steakhouse creamy Caesar. We’ve tried a lot of different Caesar dressings and that is our favorite. Here’s the romaine all chopped up. I don’t think I was recording any of that, I just added ginger and garlic to our butter. There you go. There’s the shrimp added to the saute, we’ll see how long that takes from frozen. There’s our parmigiano reggiano. Yummy yummy for the salad. I’m gonna salt and pepper the shrimp. I think I can salt it one handed, but I won’t be able to do the pepper. So, just pretend I’m putting pepper on it and then there will be pepper on it. See, look! There’s pepper on it. Halfway done. (Mumbles). Brandie: Dressing, cheese and croutons. Adam: Shrimp done. The base of the sauce is getting the water out, then we got a little butter sauce. Aaaand done! Shrimp Caesar salad. The cats: (MEOW!) Adam: Mraow!
Video Transcript Footage in a bedroom with four cats on a bed. The camera pans from a bedroom window overlooking a yard to a nightstand and then to a bed with grey sheets and a purple duvet. Three cats lay snuggled up close to one another. A tabby cleans her foot and then scowls briefly at the camera with green eyes. The camera pans to a napping tuxedo cat, who glances toward the camera with just one eye shown as his long white eyebrow whiskers stand out against the black of his furry face. A sleepily blinking tabby with a white chest, pink nose, and dark black-lined eyes lays regally as the camera continues to move. A grumpy looking grey cat pokes his head up to see what the fuss is about. The camera moves to reveal all four cats laying closely together on the bed, with the grey kitty slightly off to one side.
I’m a sucker for tuna or chicken salads. Chicken salad though always seems like a more difficult task; you have to cook the chicken instead of just opening a can of something. What works great though, is if you’ve got left over chicken from something else, or just make some extra in prep for lunch the next day. This salad is truly easy, and very delicious. You can of course add grapes or walnuts if you’re one of those people, but I like mine basic and flavorful.
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight for best flavor.
Serve on its own, on bread, in a wrap, or in lettuce boats as pictured here.
* You'll see that most simply poach their chicken, which is fine, but I highly suggest preparing it in a way that you would want to eat it plain. So grilled/baked and seasoned with salt, pepper would be perfect.
** Recipe time does not include cooking the chicken, this would assume it is left over from a previous meal or made in advance.
Back when I lived in Los Angeles, Mark and I used to go to restaurant called Houston’s. It was perfect for special-but-low-key occasions – like when family came out to visit or Valentine’s Days where we didn’t want to deal with another night of having our car accidentally locked away in a Hertz Rental Car lot because the swanky/upscale Italian place didn’t have their valet on duty when we tried to figure out parking. Grumble. Anyway. The main draw of Houston’s, for me, was their Thai Steak salad.
I finally decided to try and attempt it myself for one of our Qwerty nights. This recipe features a whole array of different flavors that, on paper, sound a little scary (Brie was admittedly a little worried, but says she ended up loving the result). It was all complicated by the fact that one of our crew is allergic to mango, others hate cilantro, and others still hate bell pepper.
I ended up combining cabbage, avocado, romaine, and freshly chopped mint (OH GOLLY did that smell good!) in a large bowl, and then served the mango, strawberry, cilantro, marinated and grilled steak strips, bell pepper, and peanut dressing all in their own separate bowls, assembly line style. I realize that strawberries aren’t part of a traditional Thai Steak Salad, but it ended up being the perfect substitution for our Mango-allergic Qwertyer while also adding a nice element for the rest of us.
It turned out really lovely. Admittedly, there was a lot of chopping and prepping all the fruits and veggies, but Mark is a pretty wonderful sous chef. 🙂
This makes for a really wonderful special occasion meal that’s definitely lighter than our usual Qwerty fare. Hope you enjoy it!
This cabbage crunch salad has been around since I can remember. It always made an appearance at family events. My biggest memory of it is how much it makes. My mom would put it in this big blue and white metal bowl, it was the biggest bowl we had. When I was a kid, my favorite part of the salad was pulling out the biggest pieces of crunchy ramen noodles I could find. I now love everything about this salad. It’s great for bringing to parties or just making for dinner. Adam and I like to use different flavors of ramen and different meats. One of our most favorite combinations is pork ramen flavoring with Chinese BBQ pork.
The best things about making this salad is that you can prep everything ahead of time and just toss it together when you are ready for it. It is also good the next day, the ramen noodles get soft but soak up all the flavor of the dressing.
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