Kathie Lee & Hoda: Alma Schneider Interview
You come home from a long day at work and dread cooking dinner for the whole family, but fear not. Alma Schneider, founder of Take Back The Kitchen, a clinical social worker and chef, can help you overcome the dread of cooking, including her Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles recipe. If you enjoyed this recipe, check out her other recipes: Green Salad with Nuts, Seeds and Maple Soy Dressing Recipe and Maple Soy Salmon Recipe.
Alma said if you don’t know how to cook, you are intimidated by it. She said the main thing to remember is that cooking is a learned skill and it is not innate. A lot of women feel they are not a nurturer or not a good enough wife or caretaker if they do not know how to cook, but it is a learned skill and not something you are born with, so you have to gain a little confidence and practice.
Alma said if you go to restaurants and out to eat, you know what you like to eat and you stock your fridge with certain staple items you know you like to eat.
Alma Schneider: Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles Recipe
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
- 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth or even water
- 3/4-1 pound linguine or lo mein noodles chopped scallions and chopped, peeled cucumber for garnish
- Combine all the ingredients except the noodles in a medium sized saucepan
- Cook on medium heat, stirring until it is thickened and smooth
- Let the sauce cool
- Cook noodles, drain and rinse in cold water
- In a big bowl, toss the noodles with the sauce
- Do not mix the noodles with the sauce until you are ready to serve. The noodles will soak up the sauce and it will dry it out if you mix them together too soon
- Serve at room temperature and garnish with the scallions and cukes