Sunday around the kitchen table

Happy 1st of July, foodie friends!

Today I’m sharing an original recipe I came up with thanks to my good luck at winning a Kikkoman grilling party kit from House Party/  Not only did the kit come with coupons for Kikkoman products, but new grilling tongs, logo t-shirts, recipe cards, and a $25 American Express gift card!  This foodie felt like she won a lottery! Well, a foodie lottery. It’s the small things, friends.


Last night we had the rare chance to relax on our deck with friends for a very causal dinner.  I realized this was the first weekend in months we had NOTHING on the calendar and we could slow the pace down for roughly 48 hours, lol.  That’s a BIG thing, friends!

What better time to break open my prize pack and use all those fun goodies?!

I finally had the time to get into the kitchen and do my second favorite thing- cook!  You all know I love to bake, but I also love all things food and cooking.  Cookbooks, I’ve got plenty, but getting the chance to actually read through them, well…. A girl only has so much time in a day! Thankfully my prize pack had recipe cards tucked in, so I looked though them and decided to try two main dishes, both of which turned out delicious!!!  Looking for a new recipe to try this week?  Visit and you’ll not only find recipes, but video and cooking demos, a product line listing, and a handy product locator link to see where in your area they carry Kikkoman products.  No, I’m not a Kikkoman sales person, but I just want to share the love. They sent me free stuff, I tried it, and I’m hooked on more than just soy sauce now! Siracha mayo anyone? YES, try it! We even put it on our potatoes!  If you do try any of their recipes, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Now to MY recipe… one born out of the plain sad fact that I had fresh produce from the local farmers market, and I’m ready to make a salad and wham! NO SALAD DRESSING in the house!

Since my main dishes were soy sauce infused, why not use the same soy sauce in a salad dressing? Genius idea, I told myself! Genius. Again, it’s the small things.

And here it is, for you to enjoy too! It yielded about one cup, and I shook all the ingredients up in a mason jar because I had one on hand. It was quick and easy to make, but best of all, tastes delicious.


Asian Salad Dressing (from Gina,  your Italian foodie friend, lol)

¾ cup canola oil (or vegetable oil)

¼ cup rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons Kikkoman soy sauce

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 teaspoons sugar

½ teaspoon Chinese five spice powder (or just use ground ginger if you don’t have the other on hand)

Blend all ingredients together in a mason jar, blender or shaker and enjoy on your salad.  You could probably use this as a marinade for chicken too!

Thanks for joining me around my kitchen table and letting me ramble on about my weekend!  Now log off, hang up and hang out around YOUR kitchen table (and maybe make a salad with your new dressing recipe!)

Have a star-spangled week, foodie friends!


Love and blessings,




Gina Michak