Crunchy Red Quinoa Salad with Chai Tea Vinaigrette

Cooking for a Crowd, Recipes, Worknight Dinners


During my sophomore year in college I started just about every day with a Chai tea latte. Unfazed by the calories that my daily drink was racking up, I couldn’t get enough of the warm, spicy flavor underneath the smooth ribbons of foam.

When I eventually came to my senses and moved on to Starbucks Tazo Chai Filterbags (actually I developed a wicked coffee habit but this is neither the time or place for that discussion).

As most of you know I am working with Starbucks’ Tazo brand to develop three recipes featuring a weekly secret ingredient and of course, tea.

As most of you also know, there is a little healthy competition involved here – the blogger who garners the most comments after the three weeks wins $1,000 to a kitchen store.

[pause while we all think about how much damage I could do with $1,000 in a kitchen store].

Giveaway: Because last week I received such amazing responses from my wonderful readers (some of whom I didn’t even know were out there. Hi!) I have a great giveaway to offer to one lucky reader this week. Tazo is going to hook one of you up with a great package of tea-related goodness:

  • Crate & Barrel Iced Tea/Sangria Pitcher
  • Breville electric kettle
  • Tea pot
  • Cup and saucers
  • More tea than you could possibly dream of drinking.

To enter: leave a comment on this post and tell about your most memorable kitchen mishap. If you don’t have one, tell me your favorite food. (If you’d like to comment but not enter the giveaway, please write “no thanks” after your comment).

For extra entries: Become a fan of In Good Taste on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or invite your friends to become a fan of In Good Taste on Facebook. Make sure in your comment, you let me know that you did.

Contest will close at 11:59pm CST on Saturday, August 21, 2010. Winner will be chosen at random using the number generator on

Here is a sampling of what you could win (bookshelf not included):

Now, let’s talk quinoa. In case you haven’t guessed already, the ingredient for this week’s challenge was red quinoa, an ingredient that until this week, I’d never cooked with.

Red quinoa is a grain high in protein with roots in South America. It is considered a “super grain” thanks to a rich nutritional profile and it can be used as a substitute for rice in almost any dish: entree, side dish, soup or salad.

Since you can never have too many chilled side salads in August, I went the latter route and mixed the ruby-hued grain with a few of my favorite fruits (fresh and dried) along with some toasted pecans to add a little crunch and a subtle earthy flavor.

Crunchy Red Quinoa Salad with Chai Tea Vinaigrette
Recipe type: Worknight Dinners, Cooking for a Crowd
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Serves: 4-6 servings

  • Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 cups cold water
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped apple (1 large or 2 medium apples)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds (optional)

  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • 2 tsp. tea Chai tea leaves
  • ⅓ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. minced shallots
  • Fine sea salt and ground black pepper
  • ½ cup olive or sunflower seed oil
  1. To prepare quinoa:  rinse  with cold water and soak for 10 minutes.  Strain and combine with 1½ c water and a pinch of sea salt in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, cover the pan with a lid, and reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook for 15 minutes stirring once.  Remove from heat, fluff, and set aside to cool.
  2. Prepare Dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set dressing aside. In a separate bowl, toss chopped apples with lemon juice to prevent fruit from oxidizing.
  3. When quinoa is cool, combine quinoa, chopped apple, pecans and raisins in a bowl and toss well. Place on serving dish and garnish with remaining chopped pecans.

Disclosure: Tazo provided me with the tea, a few brewing essentials and a grocery gift card to cover the cost of supplies for this project. Tazo did not tell me what to write here and the opinions in this post are 100% honest and accurate.



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  • Reply
    August 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    This sounds interesting! Light and refreshing.
    My now husband came down to Texas to visit and I thought Iwould make him chicken fried steak since it is a big thing there. Well, I was going to attempt to make the gravy from scratch, but I burned up the grease from the steak and it was a done deal. The place was SSMMMOOOKKKEEYYY! Sad day…

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    August 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I love all salads and this sounds great.

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    nancy morrissey lloyd
    August 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    i really like nuts in my salad .it tastes so fresh and crunchy.. sounds good with a aouple peices of french bread and a glass of wine..

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    August 26, 2010 at 11:20 am

    looks unique and yummy!!

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    August 26, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Always looking for new ways to use Quinoa. Thanks!

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    August 26, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Love that salad!

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    August 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Salad looks so yummy! I am looking forward to trying this recipe out!

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    August 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    First time making french fries – I left the oil on too long and too high- explosion of oil all over my new kitchen! Not hurt, but took mee weeks to get rid of the oil.

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    August 25, 2010 at 10:50 am

    My most memorable kitchen misshap happened in High School. My friends and I decided to make candy and after we were done, we tried to get rid of the excess by pouring the molten hot liquid into a bottle. But, the bottle was glass and shattered! The candy glued pieces of glass all over the sink; it was a mess!!

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    August 25, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Anything with chai tea has to be good! Tis the season.

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    August 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    We love all kinds of salads in the summer . This is one we will have to try.

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    Ali Jaffery
    August 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    love the red quinoa!

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    Anne LoJudice
    August 24, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I love salads – this looks beautiful and sounds delicious – will definitely try it.

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    Shannon Melendez
    August 24, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Cool recipe, love the chai tea idea. Thanks.

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    Alicia Aldrich
    August 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Kitchen mishaps:
    -fell asleep while a pizza was in the oven
    -microwaved a bowl of soup in a “non-microwave-safe” plastic bowl
    -made some pasta and decided to pick up the pot without an oven mitt
    Favorite foods:
    -pizza puffs (college favorite that stuck) -buffalo chicken salads

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    August 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Looks delicious – can’t wait to try it!

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    August 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Cant wait to tasted it

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    August 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Tazo’s chai tea is my absolute favorite, but I never would have thought of incorporating it into a grain salad. Very clever, Maris. Good luck with the competition!!

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    Marina Pappas-Paxinos
    August 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    It looks very healthy and easy to make. I will try this recipe this up coming weekend.

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    Tisch Farley
    August 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

    something different and healthy to try.

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    August 23, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Love Tazo teas and am going to try this recipe!

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    August 23, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I love Chai Tea. Will definitely try this.

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    Megan Severs
    August 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I love this!!

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    Isabel Kallman @AlphaMom
    August 23, 2010 at 9:03 am

    looks amazing. this is better than a side salad. it’s hearty enough to be on its own. well done.

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    Stephanie V.
    August 22, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    don’t even remember the d’s now but featured a grease fire on the stove with four college room mates food exploring. Scareball!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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    nancy morrissey lloyd
    August 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    sounds delicious.

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    Teresa Stickels
    August 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    My most memorable kitchen mishap happened when I was a teenager. We had purchased a beautiful round watermelon at the farmer’s market, and it was just so…tossable. I just felt compelled to juggle it a bit, and you guessed it – eventually I missed! It was like attending a Gallagher concert – watermelon guts and juice splattered everywhere! And my parents looked at me as if to say, “you didn’t see that coming?”

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    August 21, 2010 at 8:19 am

    ooh, that quinoa salad looks fantastic!
    my moment i won’t soon forget was the time i was visiting my parents and making roasted red pepper sauce… i left the had blender unattended and next thing i knew it was all over the kitchen!

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    August 21, 2010 at 3:37 am

    my favorite foods are mainly country type food like Mashed potatoes and gravy fried chicken and homemade bread. I usually try to spice them up in a way that makes all of the taste from those kinds of foods to pop!
    adding lemon, chives and ect to the chicken and such add such a nice flavor plus it gives me more ideas on how to cook other foods as well. 🙂

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    Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen
    August 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    My worst kitchen experience was when I had invited a group in for dinner, and they were all hanging around the kitchen while I did last minute prep and when I opened a drawer a mouse jumped out at me. I screamed that could have woke the dead…

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    August 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    So tea is not just a drink. Who knew?

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    August 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I never thought about using tea as a base for salad dressing, but now that it’s been suggested I don’t see why not!

  • Reply
    Bob Klips
    August 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    My 20-something daughter could learn a lot from your blog, Maris. She’s a vegetarian who is a bit of a pizza-terian!

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    Terry Porter
    August 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    The Chai Tea dressing sounds awesome!

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    August 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm


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    August 20, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Looks amazing! will definately try this.

  • Reply
    August 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Can’t wait for the next recipe. One is better than the other.

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    August 20, 2010 at 8:03 am

    awesome all the food looks so so good!

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    August 20, 2010 at 2:56 am

    My kitchen mishap…hmm..o where to begin…
    Oh I know. One time I was frying noodles. As all frying goes, I poured a bunch of oil in the pan. I was acting pro and started spinning the pan and flipping noodles in mid-air etc. And…as I was toying with the pan full of hot oil..some of them spilled out and caught on fire. The sad part was some of the noodle was still stuck on the pan but was also hanging out of it. So my stove was on fire as well as my pan. It was a disaster. I liked you on fb and followed u on twitter.

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    Jennifer L.
    August 20, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Brilliant! People in LA would be all over this… When’s the cookbook coming out? 🙂
    Btw, the photography is beautiful — love it!

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    Kathy Mathis
    August 19, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I guess my major mishap(s) is all the Tupperware that I have “cooked”. Used to be so bad about leaving plastics on the stove and forgetting to remove them before turning the stove on.

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    Kathy Mathis
    August 19, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I guess my major mishap(s) is all the Tupperware that I have “cooked”. Used to be so bad about leaving plastics on the stove and forgetting to remove them before turning the stove on.

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    Lois Kern
    August 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Very nice sitek, I usually like tea but haven’t drank alot of late. Good luck with your endeavors!

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    August 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    what a terrific site!

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    August 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I probably have had more mishaps than “good haps” over the years. I often have to wing it with a back up plan. My oldest mishap memory is one I will never forget. In junior high, now called middle school, in Westbury I decided to have a dinner party. My Mom kept a close watch but I did everything by myself. I made a beautiful turkey. As I was carrying it from the kitchen to the dining room I must have let the platter tilt and the turkey ended up on the floor. I was devastated. All I remember was my mother picking that turkey up so fast and running to the sink. I have no memory of what she did to the turkey but she did something, plopped the bird back on the platter, spun me around with the platter in my hands right into the dining room whispering in my ear, no one will know. How many years have I kept that secret!

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    August 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Wow, that sounds delicious. I have yet to try quinoa, so I will definitely be trying this!!!
    Okay, so my favorite kitchen mishap was definitely NOT my favorite *at the time*, but it’s pretty funny in retrospect! I have just recently gotten into baking and cooking, so last year, I wanted to bake a fancy cake for my parents’ anniversary. Well, something went wrong (I still don’t know what though!) and the batter started bubbling out over the sides of the pan in the oven, so it was dripping to the bottom and literally setting on fire! The kitchen was filled with black smoke in no time, and because I was afraid to even touch the darned thing, I decided to just let it bake through and took it out when it was “done.” Yeah… it was partially saved — lopsided, but saved — and would have tasted great were it not for the smoked flavor! Haha. Like a smoked ham or something.
    Anyway, awesome giveaway! I’m keeping my fingers crossed because I love this tea! 😀

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    jeryl jagoda
    August 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Okay, well I actually love quinoa, and though I am a mess in the kitchen, might be coerced into attempting this one… if not for last weeks kitchen mishap… after a long night at a party with not many “good” or “healthy” food options, I came home to find nothing in the fridge but radishes. Don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to attempt to use the mandolin to slice them… to make a long story short… spent the next 4 hours in the emergency room with my thumb wrapped in a dish towel. Is the kind of Mishap you meant Maris? Moral of the story… don’t mandolin if you’re tired, and forget the radishes and go for the Ben and Jerry’s.

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    August 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    With my busy schedule, it seems that Tazo is both a caffeinated and delicious solution to the daily ennui that a young, good looking professional undergoes.

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    August 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    This sounds wonderful – I can’t wait to try it!!

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    August 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    sounds yum. is quinoa good, or does it need to be red quinoa? is there a difference?

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    Shari Adams
    August 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Worst kitchen mishap for me was attempting to make kreplach from scratch. Not only did it not taste like kreplach, the final product looked like something fell from outer space!

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    August 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Another great looking recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Kathi Abrams
    August 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    My kitchen mishap happened when I first got married. I married a Jewish man and decided to make matzo ball soup for him. I’m Catholic and no one ever told me the matzo balls expanded. I ended up with baseball size matzo balls. We still laugh about this after 32 years of marriage.
    I also have a wicked coffee habit.

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    Laura Royal
    August 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    not much of a cooker so no mishaps come to mind, but favorite food is nachos..yum

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    August 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I love chai anything– and it gets me excited for fall! Thanks for the creative recipe 🙂

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    Rene Joaquin
    August 19, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Do you have any recipes for honest to goodness pot roast?Ever since i moved back here to Asia,I have not had a good pot roast.Thanks and more power.

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    Rene Joaquin
    August 19, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Many mishaps in the kitchen but the worst was mistaking sugar for salt.Needless to say,it tasted terrible and i had to throw the dish away.

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    August 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Twitter follower!

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    August 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    FB liker!

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    August 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    This looks delicious!
    When I was much younger I added half a CUP f salt instead of 1/2 tbl into a cookie recipe. Uck!

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    August 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    P.S. I am now following you on Twitter.

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    August 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    There you go again – quinoa and chai. Two more faves.
    My greatest kitchen mishap could be a time-crunched morning when I was baking banana bread for a visiting guest. I took a risk and went grocery shopping while it was baking. When I came home, the apartment smelled wonderful – but when I moved the pan in the oven, the whole thing jiggled!
    I had forgotten to look at the cooking dial, so the whole time the oven was set to Broil. Not Bake. Needless to say, that did not help the stress level!

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    August 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I put the plastic meat thermometer in the turkey, and left it there, to roast in the oven with the bird. It melted and smoked and smelled AWFUL. Ugh!
    On a brighter note, I love quinoa, though I’ve never tried red quinoa and I’d love to try this recipe! 🙂

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    August 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Mishaps is when I made an angle food cake and it never formed and was a runny mess. I put it in a jelly roll pan hoping it would bake. It did not turn out but I tried to save it!

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    August 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    My worst kitchen mishap? I’m sure I have worse stories but one of my favorites was when I was shaking a giant bag of pasta salad and it opened and flung it EVERYWHERE!!!

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    August 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    My favorite food is frozen yogurt topped with granola, raspberries and a few chocolate chips. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Hannah Barry
    August 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    kitchen mishap?one time i tried to make rice krispie treats and forgot i had put the marshmallows on the stove. i came back a little while later and the marshmallows had spilled all over the stove. it was a huge sticky mess!
    fave food? Mac and cheese!!
    and i cant wait to try that salad!

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    August 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    This salad looks delish! Good luck, Maris! We are all excited for ya!

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    August 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I forgot to enter my favorite food. It’s french fries with ketchup and mustard.

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    August 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Ooh this recipe does look yummy! I’ve never been a fan of chai anything, but I might actually try this.

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    Kelsey @ Une Americaine in France
    August 18, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Haha, my worst mishap in the kitchen was a disaster! And let me just say that it was well before I learned to cook. So, being the confident 12 year old that I was, I figured I was good at everything I had tried doing, so making my own recipes would be yet another easy talent. WRONG! I decided I’d make up a muffin recipe by throwing together ingredients like sugar, chocolate chips, butter, cinnamon…. I’m pretty sure there was NO flour and NO baking powder or soda… Disaster. Absolute disaster. But since learning how to cook, I can’t say that I’ve had any like experiences! I’m a rather good cook, even when making my own recipes!
    Maris – Interesting recipe! I don’t have much experience with quinoa other than a store bought quinoa salad that I wasn’t too fond of. I’ll have to give it another try!

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    August 18, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Love your blog and your unique recipes! Wish I had it that “together” in my 20’s…!!

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    August 18, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Worst mishap in kitchen? It had to be the first and only time I prepared Beef Bourguignon and as a newlywed. Actually I don’t know what I did wrong, but my meat came out hard as a rock and color was purple. It went down the disposal and we went out to dinner! Favorite food: most everything except beef (not a surprise!)

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    August 18, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Quinoa’s not something I’ve had much contact with so this looks really interesting! I’m not good at thinking on the spot, so can’t remember my worst kitchen mishap, though I know there have been some! My fav food is ice cream, does that count? can’t live without it!

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    August 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    What a unique quinoa recipe! I once made biscuits with shortening that had gone bad – keep in mind this was about 6 years ago and yes, it smelled funny but I went and used it anyway! They were completely inedible so I threw them away. But then my hubby saw them in the garbage and because he hates wasting food, took a bit – ewww! He then of course immediately understood why they were there – he cracks me up.

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    August 17, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    mishap? not sure. i tend to block out that kinda stuff.
    fave food? easy. mashed potatoes with lots of sour cream. comfort food on demand.

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    Sarah Caron
    August 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    This is so fun! I haven’t had red quinoa, but this salad looks awesome. Going to have to keep an eye out for that new-to-me ingredient.
    My most memorable mishap happened last year. I tried to make homemade hot fudge … and ended up with a solid block of Tootsie Roll. I hate the taste of Tootsie Rolls.
    Second to that is the time I tried to make marshmallows. Now, that was a true disaster.

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    August 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for another great recipe, Maris! Barry and i make quinoa a lot, and are always looking for new ways to prepare it. (We introduced quinoa to my mom a few years back and she definitely thought it was a name we made up.)

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    August 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Every kitchen event is a potential mishap for me. My roommate insists I sit and have a glass of wine while she cooks!

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    August 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Mmm, this dish looks tasty! Definitely gonna try it!
    Most memorable kitchen mishap…um…Okay, in my first apartment in college, I started heating a pan, and then got sidetracked chopping veggies. When I was done chopping, about 20 minutes later, I looked at the pan and went,”Oh yeah, need to add butter”. Sliced a pat, through it in, and WHOOOOOSH!! Fire in my skillet! You’d have thought the red bottom would have given it away…
    Anywho, could have been much worse, but I just stared at it a moment, while it flamed, turned on the cold water in the sink, and picked up the still flaming pan and stuck it under the water. Fortunately, the fire went out, but our apartment was quite smoky for a day or so.
    P.S. I also Liked on FB!

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    August 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Grantastic dish. That’s all I have to say!

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    August 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I was a little hesitant about trying Quinoa, but I’m sure glad I did. This salad tasted wonderful – thanks Maris!

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    August 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Between the nuts and the fruit your mouth is in for a definite treat, satisfying your taste buds while still nurturing your body. If I seen this on a menu it would definitely be my first PICK!!!!

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    August 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    My favorite kitchen mishap was when I locked the turkey in the oven. I accidentally selected the “oven clean” mode and locked the turkey in there for 4 hours. It was maybe the worst Thanksgiving ever! What a disaster!

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    August 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Looks very healty and delicious, can’t wait to try!

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    August 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Me and my best bud were hanging and decided a frozen pizza would really hit the spot. So we bake it up and realize we left the cardboard bottom piece on the pizza while it baked. Haha, we were so hungry we actually peeled the cardboard off the pizza. This was awhile back but still makes me laugh.
    Now that we are all grown up we sip tea and laugh about those times. Would love to win this 🙂

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    Rachel a.k.a. teaismylifesoishouldwinthiscompetition
    August 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    During one of my first ventures into cooking (which was not very long ago, I’m embarassed to say…), I decided to make rice pudding. Someone had given me one of those HUGE bags of rice which I had no idea what to do with (and about 2 weeks later, found bugs in), so the rice pudding was my first attempt.
    For some reason, I didn’t understand that the recipe was calling for 3 cups COOKED rice, so I prepared 3 cups of uncooked rice. I left the kitchen as the rice was cooking, came back a few minutes later to rice overflowing from the pot and burning everywhere. It was a DISASTER and it smelled so bad for weeks!
    I still added milk and sugar to see if it tasted like rice pudding.
    It didn’t.

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    Marina Pappas-Paxinos
    August 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    The salad looks so delicious. I appreciate your weekly recipes which is making my life alot easier.

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    Jenna Ontrop
    August 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    In college, I thought it would be ok to boil the entire lasagna instead of just the noodles (I didn’t have a baking pan!)… that was a disaster of burnt noodles and a soggy top. The poor pot never recovered.

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    August 17, 2010 at 11:14 am

    this salad looks and sounds so inviting. I will have to scope out a place where I can find quinoa – maybe Whole Foods? I loved reading others’ kitchen mishaps, and its nice to know I share so many in common with others (underestimating prep time for a meal, and having the whole family groaning and moaning with hunger)…oven explosions (ok, the exploding baked potato incident is famous in my house…sometimes we still smell it!). This blog is excellent!! cant wait for more recipes

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    Nikki Redding
    August 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Speaking of kitchen disasters…I would say 60% of the time I cook I set off the fire alarms hehehe. I blame it on poor ventilation…and not my cooking 🙂

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    August 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I have never tried quinoa, but heard it’s very good. Will try this recipe!

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    August 17, 2010 at 12:47 am

    I forgot that I was baking potatoes in the oven. They began to burn and smoked up my house. I smelled smoke and panicked…called 911. The fireman pulled the burnt potatoes out of my oven.

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I have never cooked quinoa, ever. This salad sounds delicious.
    A memorable kitchen mishap. I wasnt paying attention once, at all, when I was making a blueberry coffee cake. Instead of flour I used powdered sugar which led to a sugary mess. I wanted to cry but a guy friend went to the store and came back with ice cream. We used the blue berry stuff as a topping and the evening was saved.

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    Adrienne Thacher
    August 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    This looks amazing, definitely the next thing I make. I LOVE quinoa!!

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    penny gupta
    August 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm


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    lisa keys
    August 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    First, I love quinoa but have never seen the red variety. Definitely have to scope that out next time I am in the local health food store. My mishap was the day I tried to make a tuile type cookie that refused to leave the cookie sheet. The cookies and cookie sheet ended up in the trash.

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    August 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    my worst kitchen mishap involves making hot chocolate, innocently enough. I tried warming up the milk (the old fashioned way) on the stove and ended up having it boil over and spill out, which led to burnt milk on a ceramic cooktop which was VERY difficult to clean up.

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    August 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Well, my biggest kitchen mishap occurred when I put in a homeade pizza, stone and all and closed the oven and accidently hit the self clean button instead of the timer -needless to say I tried everything to get the dang thing open – I had to call my dad who told me that we could try unplugging it, but even that did not work – for three hours, I had to open every window and door in the house, I took the batteries out of the smoke detectors and prayed that the oven and house wouldn’t catch on fire – Luckily the only thing lost was a piece of my sanity and the pizza that was now dust. Boy, I learned my lesson and now take my time and pay attention to what I am doing. I really enjoy your blog and the recipes are so great and healthy – I look forward to trying the quinoa, not long ago I had quinoa in a macaroni/cheese like dish and it was quite delicious. Enjoy your week and keep creating, cooking and blogging.

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    August 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I am eager to try this recipe. I loved the chilled avocado soup Maris posted a few months ago, and I am sure I won’t be disappointed with this one.

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    Cecile Yasay
    August 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Innovative way to use chai tea (a favorite of mine) in a salad dressing. A must try!
    As for worst kitchen mishap, we were steaming live crabs in a steamer and did not close the lid properly. We had a live crab jump out of the pot and hide under the kitchen cabinets for a week, and once in a while, it would remind us that it was still alive. Creepy!

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    Maryann Fleming
    August 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I love quinoa so I can wait to try this recipe.

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    Molly Simons
    August 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Hi!! I live on the Delaware coast, and my most memorable kitchen mishap was when a seagull flew in through my open window when I was making an all-organic lunch consisting of my special homemade chicken salad! It knocked all of my pots and pans down and my kitten just about went crazy! My favorite food is sushi…and as for my favorite drink? Tazo chai tea!

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    August 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve been dying to use red quinoa! This looks seriously awesome. Also, this is an amazing giveaway… I’ve been obsessed with tea lately and Tazo is definitely high up there on the list.
    As for a kitchen mishap, I seriously think I block most of them out! But my mom recently bought me a cupcake tin that makes flower-shaped cupcakes. I made them for a party and instead of flowers, they looked like giant blobs. Sigh. I went out and bought a fruit tart instead.
    I follow you on @wearenotmartha and @susie 🙂

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    August 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    My mishap was I was roasting some chickpeas for my salad. It was supposed to be roasted on high heat and kept close eye on it. But friends came and we started gossiping. The chickpeas were over cooked. well tried from honey to sea salt nothing worked. Tasted one and rest was for garbage.
    The salad really looks good. I am defiantly make it tonight.

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    Erika Peterson
    August 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Greatest kitchen mishap? Starting a recipe without reading through the whole thing, which required some kitchen equipment that I didn’t own. Plan B? Go buy new kitchen equipment before the ingredients go bad!
    Great recipe!

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    August 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Salad sounds yummy and refreshing — I am forwarding this recipe to my wife for us to make together. Never tried Red Quinoa, and I really do enjoy Tazo Chai tea, as well as all the other ingredients, so I am looking forward to try it. Something a little different for a change.

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    chris motamed
    August 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Salad sounds great. I know Tom and his Dad were trying to cook a Thanksgiving turkey and put it in oven legs down !!!

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    Janel Gradowski
    August 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I actually did the leaving the giblet bag in the turkey thing, a long time ago.
    I love quinoa and the chai vinaigrette sounds like a wonderful dressing for it.

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    Natalie (The Sweets Life)
    August 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    hmm probably the time I was making poppyseed bread(recipe here: and forgot to add the poppyseeds until I had already put it in the oven! I opened the oven, mixed in some poppyseeds, and out came a bread with giant poppyseed craters 🙂

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    August 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I was making choc. chip cookies w/ my mom and accidentally dumped the entire bottle of vanilla extract in. oops! I tried to hide it and just kept making them. Needless to say, they had a bit of a strong vanilla flavor to them. Mom threw them out.
    BTW, I LOVE chai tea, but not the watery American kind. I just found Tipu’s Chai, an authentic Indian chai that’s organic. Definitely worth a try!

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    August 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Love Tazo tea..especially the one in the purple paper with licorice root. Rich flavor, doesn’t need any sweetner. And Quinoa…more people should discover it. Great grain without the carb crash I get from too much rice and bread. Salad you describe sounds really refreshing for summer.

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    August 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    This is excellent Maris! I love your savory spin on it…a vinaigrette is such an inventive way to go!
    My worst kitchen mishap was the first time I tried to make fettuccine alfredo in college. I had just been cooking the fettuccine and strained it. Mixed in the sauce. As I went to pour it into one of those big plastic ziploc containers for storage, I smelled burning plastic. I had put the container on the still-hot burner and it had melted! That was one seriously ruined dish.

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    August 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I frosted a cake with shortening. I was a kid!

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    John Chi
    August 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    My mom makes the best potato dish!

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    August 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I also already follow you on Twitter, my dear 🙂

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    August 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I liked you on Facebook 🙂 Also, I’ve seen a lot of great quinoa recipes around lately and have wanted to post them on my food blog – mind if I include this one?

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    August 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Hmm… kitchen mishaps? I burned chocolate cookies over the weekend, ha! It’s been awhile since I’ve done any baking…

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    August 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    The Crunchy Red Quinoa Salad with Chai Tea Vinaigrette sounds great. We’ll have to try it. As for a kitchen mishap I was putting an almost cooked spiral ham back in the oven an missed the rack. The ham and everything that goes with it ended up on the oven door and in the drawers underneath. Quite a mess, and yet the ham turned out ok.

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    August 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I can’t wait to try it.

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    stephanie krol
    August 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I love Chai Tea so will be excited to try this tasty recipe! Yum.

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    August 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    As a witness to this in the making, I have to say it turned out delicious!

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    Dana Heller
    August 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    We will definitely try the chai dressing. I discovered quinoa years ago through my local health food coop, and it is wonderfully versatile. Thanks for these suggestions, as always.

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    Kim Kellogg
    August 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    My favorite food is chicken parmesan. I usually make it with pasta, caesar salad, and some garlic bread. We usually have this as our Sunday dinner once a month.

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    August 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I love cooking with chai & quinoa too, such a yummy idea. I’m trying to think of my worst kitchen mishap & nothing springs to mind so I’ll tell you Matt’s. He was cooking a chicken on the rotisserie grill for my parents & apparently hadn’t cleaned the grill well enough. When he opened the grill top to check on the chicken he discovered the whole inside including the chicken was engulfed in flames. We had to use the fire extinguisher on it & go buy a cooked chicken at the grocery store.

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    August 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Delicious, Maris!

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    Alan Fleming
    August 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    This looks and sounds delicious. I’ve got to gather the ingredients!

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    Sarah C
    August 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I like you on FB as sarah linette, and on Twitter as duckybunny

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    Sarah C
    August 16, 2010 at 11:41 am

    First year of marriage, on a student budget. Manager’s special steaks that tasted so bad and old, and potatoes that spent 20 minutes in the microwave and still were hard. We had to get value meal dinner at a fast food place instead. It was a disaster.

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl
    August 16, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Most memorable kitchen mishap… that’s an easy one. Mother’s Day quite a few years back, I was making a very expensive lobster quiche and trying to impress my in-laws. The quiche was made in the blender, I stuck a wooden spoon in the blender to stir it up while blending, the blades caught the spoon and there were splinters everywhere. It was embarrassing to say the least!

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    August 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

    How about throwing cilantro into a chicken dish instead of parsley? Kind of ridiculous and no clue where my head was at! The salad looks delish Maris. 🙂

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    Kevin E
    August 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Oh man, I tried to make this Chinese dish and it ended up tasting TERRIBLE. Since then, I’ve kept it very, very simple.

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

    When I was younger, my most common mishap (and I did it numerous times), was that I would just open the oven and pull out what I was baking without a potholder! I really don’t know what I was thinking (obviously not thinking). Should I tell you I was superwoman one halloween also? Recently, I blew up 2 pieces of frozen salmon with skin on, in the microwave while I was supposedly defrosting them. What a mess! Flying at the speed of light doesn’t work well in a kitchen.

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I have a bowl of cooked red quinoa sitting in my fridge – what a wonderful way to use it up! My worst mishap was when I left a small pot filled with honey and lavender on the stove. I also had a rubber spatula in there and by the time I realized that the house was filled with smoke, the pan was totally destroyed and the air was filled with the smell of burnt rubber. The spatula had totally disintegrated. All the smoke alarms went off in my house and the fire department called me. Good times.

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    Barbara P
    August 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Can’t think of one specific mishap, but I am famous for burning things!! Anyway, due to a recent tummy ailment, I had to lay of coffee for awhile, and have recently really gotten into tea. I’m looking forward to trying different kinds.

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    Chris Perrin
    August 16, 2010 at 10:47 am

    My biggest mishap was the first time I cooked dinner for my not-yet-wife. I was making my signature lasagna and my oven caught fire. It was not cool.
    Oh, and I follow you on twitter. 🙂

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Looks pretty good, will have to try.

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I love quinoa and this recipe looks perfect for apple season!

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:36 am

    it’s hard to say one item that is my favorite…but i love asian food! and my favorite fruit is durian! yum!
    also, just followed you on twitter!

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:34 am

    How interesting! I would never think to make a vinaigrette with Chai tea. This sounds delicious!!

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    Heather Trabucco
    August 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

    no majoy kitchen mishaps…so….
    my fave food right now is a lovely dish called ‘Apples & Oats’. it’s like apple crisp, but has this crunchy healthy oatmeal topping instead of the flour/sugar/butter combo. totally delish!

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

    What an incredibly new & intriguing way to make a quinoa salad! Bookmarking NOW! This will be made sometime next month when my quinoa loving friend comes back to town.

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    Anna M
    August 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I haven’t had a kitchen myself, but I did have to eat the pumpkin pie my father forgot to put sugar in….. Decidedly undelicious.

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    elle michelle
    August 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

    First, that recipe looks AMAZING.
    Second, you already know my worst kitchen mishap… It was the time I set myself on fire while boiling water. Dress + Spices Over the Stove = STOP, DROP AND ROLL. Brings back horrific memories. Side note: Why didn’t my smoke detector go off? I mean, I was essentially shooting flames out of my crotch.
    Shudder. If you want to relive it, the tale is here:
    Good luck, lady.

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

    favorite food is baklava

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

    my most memorable kitchen mishap was the morning of a baby shower I was co-hosting – I was trying to make blueberry muffins and accidentally doubled the milk. with a few modifications I decided it might make for a good blueberry bread, and sure enough it totally came out. just in time for the party! 🙂

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    August 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

    years ago my roommate and i would make bananas in the oven. bananas, butter, cinnamon. once i mistakenly used cayenne instead of cinnamon and we didn’t notice until we both had our mouths full of peppery spicy banana. not my greatest mishap ever, but still.

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    Alanna Kellogg
    August 16, 2010 at 9:55 am

    “Blue frosting”. Nuff said? I was about eight. Good luck gathering comments!

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    alexa - cleveland's a plum
    August 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

    i’ve never cooked with quinoa either but enjoyed it every time i’ve ever had it – your recipe sounds delicious!
    as for my worst kitchen mishap… hmmm, its probably nothing to dramatic more like simply over cooking things on accident like pasta or chicken.

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    Bonnie Rosen
    August 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I am not sure if I am adventurous enough to try the Quinoa but it sure looks good and sounds healthy.
    My most memorable kitchen mishap was during a large family holiday dinner. Everyone was gathered in the dining room as I was taking things out of the oven and placing them on serving platters. I have a very small kitchen and this can be a little tricky when I am making a lot of food at once… Suddenly there was a huge explosion. I had placed a pretty blue pyrex dish on top of the stove and I think the burner must have been on. It was pretty scary, glass was everywhere and I was depressed that my beautiful carrot dish was ruined. I cleaned up the huge mess and apologized to my guests who were sitting in stunned silence. Later I asked my husband if I had said the F word and he assured me that I didn’t. Pheew.

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    Nancy Troske
    August 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

    This salad looks exactly like something I had in mind for dinner tonight! Can’t wait to try it!

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    August 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Kitchen mishap, huh? Well, normally I just OWN the kitchen, but about 4 years ago, while trying to carve up 5 day old baguette, I sliced my right index finger right open!!
    Wheeee! A Med Center visit, and a handful of stitches later, I now make sure to tuck my fingers in. Ha!

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    August 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

    i’m honestly not a quinoa fan in general, it always tasted too grainy for me. (for that same reason, i can’t get behind cous cous) -but this looks delicious, and god knows i could use some more healthy food this summer!
    i’ve had crazy kitchen mishaps — most memorable is in college, when i tried to warm up leftover chinese takeout spare ribs – and didn’t remember to take them out of the foil bag. they lit on fire and i melted a hole in the microwave!!!
    i so so want that prize!
    PS: am fan on FB, twitter, and IN LIFE.

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    August 16, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Using tea in a vinaigrette – yum! The first(and last) time I made biscotti was a disaster. In retrospect, probably played with the dough too long. My biscotti had the texture and flavor of what I can only assume concrete would be like! From that I learned baking is a science to be respected and, unless you have the experience of Dorie Greenspan, follow directions carefully!

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    Sarah Sahmit
    August 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

    My biggest mishap was thinking that decorating Christmas cookies with a three year old would be fun. I found candy balls and sugar sprinkles for months afterward.
    My husband and I actually made a quinoa salad this summer and it was pretty good but this one sounds much better!

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    Dave C
    August 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

    smitten kitchen’s pecan pie bars, and the pan wasn’t deep enough. Eggy sugary goo started leaking all over the oven. The smell was…well….unforgettable.
    At least the bars still turned out okay…

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    August 16, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I once used three tablespoons of salt for biscuits instead of teaspoons- HUGE difference. They were ridiculously salty.

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    Military Martha
    August 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Love to find new things to make with quinoa. And, LOOOVEE tea infused recipes. From the tannins to the subtle flavor — so good!

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats}
    August 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

    My worst disaster was my oven catching fire. I made a pound cake and I don’t know what happened but the butter completely separated from the batter, then oozed over the sides and caught fire in the oven. I don’t have the guts to try that recipe again. It was a stinky, smoky mess!
    This quinoa looks great!

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    August 16, 2010 at 8:56 am

    HAH I loved reading all the mishaps makes me feel like I am not the only klutz in the kitchen! Mine is embarrassing and a secret still to this day! My boyfriend is from Australia and his parents were celebrating their first thanksgiving with us. I had a turkey roasting in the oven, I went to pull it out to test the temperature and the rack wasn’t in the slots properly needless to say the pan hit the floor and the turkey bounced out of the pan, basting slowly on the kitchen floor. Who knew turkeys bounced? I didn’t know what to I did the ten second rule, I picked that sucker up and put in back in to roast off the extra flavours it may have picked up!
    I can’t wait to try some or your chai recipes I love chai and couldn’t live without my starbucks! YUM!

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    August 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

    My worst disaster in the kitchen (and most fun) was baking brownies as a child with my brother Glenn. We made the whole recipe on the stovetop, never realizing we had to bake them!

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    August 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

    This looks great. Have never tried Quinoa. My worst disaster was trying to cook pumpkin bread. I followed the instructions to the letter and the outside looked great and the inside was like goo! I could never get the inside to cook!
    No Thanks!

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    August 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

    One memorable mishap (which happens almost every year!) is our Lamb Cake for Easter. The head of the lamb never stays attached to the body so it is held in place with toothpicks. By now though, we have learned at least to keep an eye out for the toothpicks when eating the cake!
    The recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it.

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    August 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I’ve been looking for a recipe with quinoa that appealed to me. Thenk you — I’ve finally found it!

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    August 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Never cook a turkey upside down!!!! The first Thanksgiving dinner that I ever cooked I made the mistake of cooking the turkey upside down. I do not know the science behind it but it was uneduble…dry, discusting, hard as a rock!!! To top it off in preparation (all of those hours of preparation…I cut my finger and had to go to the ER and get several stitches!!!! Live and learn!!!

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    marla {family fresh cooking}
    August 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I fanned you on Facebook—-xo

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    marla {family fresh cooking}
    August 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Maris, your challenge is so exciting. This quinoa salad sounds awesome! Good luck to you, hope you win that $1000!! & i hope I win your fab giveaway 🙂 xo

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    Beth @ 990 Square
    August 16, 2010 at 7:42 am

    When I was making blueberry jam earlier this summer I managed to knock the huge ladle off the side of the stockpot. This resulted in molten hot blueberry jam flying all over my kitchen–on the stove, on the floor, on the cabinets, fridge, and on and on. Yeah, it was a big mess!

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    August 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I like lasgna it is my favorite.

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    August 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Your Salad looks so yummy!! I must say I dont think I have had a major kitchen mishap(yet!!) but one of my favorite foods is goat cheese. Its yummy and creamy and goes well with so many things. I love it on pizza with eggplant and spinach! 🙂 Thanks for all your wonderful cooking!

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    Terry Clarkson Farrell
    August 16, 2010 at 1:44 am

    OH now I’m going to have to try this salad- its looks and sounds wonderful.
    Kitchen mishap well one of my first and in the realm of coffee. I was 11 and my parents had what was then pretty exotic for the ‘burbs an espresso coffee pot. Little alumminum thing with the two parts that you flip so the hot water goes through the coffee. We had been taught by my father how to use this and he loved impressing his guest with both the fresh coffee and his clever children ( made us seem very worldly!)- on night as the guests chatted I made the coffee – I couldn’t find a pot holder so I grab some PAPER napkins to then grab and turn over the perking pot. Paper meets hot burner and flames. Worldly children do not panic.Neither do ones who don’t want to be in trouble for setting the house on fire. I calmly continued to turn the pot over- dropped the flaming napkins on the floor – hopped to the sink and got a glass of water that I poured over said flames. Scooped up the mess and delivered the espresso to the table.With no onethe wiser.
    Favorite food- alas the ubiquitous chocolate and leg of lamb.

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    Heidi Renée
    August 16, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Ooohh, quinoa! I love it, but I have never had red quinoa. I will have to find some and make this (or just use regular, which I already have…). I’m not a big fan of raisins, so maybe pomegranate seeds or dried cherries instead.
    I’ve had many kitchen disasters, but one sticks out. My husband and I had just moved closer to his parents and we were all getting together for his mom’s birthday. They usually buy a (nasty) grocery store cake, so I volunteered to make one from scratch instead. The cakes broke a little when I took them out of the pans, but I figured I could stick them back together with frosting. I had put my frosting in the fridge to chill as the recipe instructed, and I removed it at the appointed time. It hadn’t stiffened–it was the consistency of melted ice cream. I panicked. My husband was due home from work shortly and we were headed to the party immediately. I didn’t have time to chill the frosting any longer, so I dumped it and went out to get a jar of premade frosting. There wasn’t time to go to the grocery store, so I went to the corner 7-11. Luckily my husband worked late so I had time to frost the cake. No one ever knew!
    I already follow on Twitter and Facebook. 🙂

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    Dave Wuensch
    August 16, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Goddamn, I want some

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    August 16, 2010 at 12:38 am

    I’d rather not talk about my kitchen mis-haps…I save that for my close friends, haha. So my favorite food is avocados. I made a red quinoa salad with avocado in it and it was delicious! This salad recipe is next-thanks!

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    August 16, 2010 at 12:22 am

    hmmm let’s see… I once overcooked porkchops so badly they more closely resembled car tires than dinner. Oops?
    Good luck with the challenge! Though I think you have it in the bag – so creative to incorporate the tea leaves into salad dressing!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
    August 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Ohhh, chai lattes! A fond college memory for me, as well! 🙂
    I like IGT on FB and follow you on Twitter. Best wishes in the contest!

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    August 15, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I have had too many kitchen mishaps for any of them to be the most memorable but grabbing my hot cast iron skillet without a glove is way up there on the top of my list.

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    August 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Wow, most memorable kitchen mishap… so many to choose from! The most publicly embarrassing of my mishaps occurred in my sophomore year college dorm: I was microwaving popcorn. Idiot-proof, right? Wrong. I forgot about the roasting popcorn and ended up setting the fire alarm off for the whole building… in Chicago, at 11 PM, on a 30-degree November evening. It wasn’t a quick way to make friends.

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    lynn miller
    August 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    The salad looks very yummy although I have not tried several of the ingredients. Kitchen mishaps are numerous. Pyrex bowl exploding all over the kitchen when I tried to heat gravy on the stovetop (thinking Corning Ware and Pyrex were the same). Setting oven for six hours instead of six minutes for a pizza.(Had just moved into a new apartment — seven months earlier). Matzoh balls that would not stay together since I used jumbo eggs instead of large. Peanut soup from a Williamsburg recipe that was too salty to eat — but guests were polite and ate it. Needless to say I learned through error.

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    August 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Hahaha. I haven’t had any huge kitchen mishaps. Just a couple of (small) fires, which sounds so much worse than it is. Good luck girl!

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    Michael Coddington
    August 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Memorable kitchen mishap… the $100.00 maple block cutting board literally shattering into four pieces when I set a hot pan on it. My mishaps are always expensive,

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    Marcy K.
    August 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    My most memorable mishap was when my stove exploded, but perhaps that does not count, so I’ll add the time I did not strain the raspberries before adding them to the sorbet. Or when I forgot to add water to the pot to steam veggies and had to buy a new pot, or when I left the glass cutting board with a chocolate cake on it in the cold oven to keep it safe from little fingers, and my husband decided to bake something… I’m sure there are more 🙂

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    August 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    i set off the fire alarm while making grilled cheese!
    this site looks awesome… Im definitely going to try some of these recipes. I also “fan”-ed you on Facebook!

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    August 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Well, my most common mishap is that I grossly underestimate how long it will take me to make something, and then we end up eating dinner after 9 p.m.

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    August 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    The fire alarm just went off again! That’s three. It does smell good though… 🙂

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    August 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I am reading this as my boyfriend is making dinner. He moved in recently, and so far everything is quite charming, including his lack of skills in the kitchen. During the time it took me to read this post, our smoke alarm has gone off twice. It’s a good thing he’s such a good guy 🙂

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    August 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    My husband is a peanut butter fanatic so I’m always trying new recipes featuring the stuff. I somehow came across Paula Dean’s Peanut Butter Balls and while the recipe sounded a bit odd (2 CUPS powered milk?!?!) I went for it, trusting in Paula’s southern cooking. 8 cups of ingredients later and I had the most overly-sweet, grainy, dry disgusting balls of failure. I knew in my gut that the combination of things wouldn’t work – I need to trust that instinct!

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    August 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I love quinoa! I was hesitant to try it at first but now I eat it with eggs, in salads, with tomatoes and cucumbers… it can really go in anything!
    My biggest kitchen mishap (or perhaps my funniest) was when I was making Kraft mac n’ cheese after a long day of college football tailgating and I completely forgot a colander and just poured the noodles into the sink. A complete disaster for a sink without a garbage disposal. Lesson learned though… every time I make pasta now I am SUPER careful!

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    August 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I have a bad habit of seeing recipes and thinking “That sounds so weird it CAN’T be good” and then making the recipe. All too often, I am right. It’s a sickness.
    The most memorable was orange-leek soup. My favorite leek vendor at Farmer’s Market was handing out a sheet of leek recipes and this was on it. I thought “Wow, that sounds weird.” So of course I set out to make it. I chopped and sliced and diced and sauteed. When I was done, I had a giant pot of soup.
    I tasted…it tasted EXACTLY like bile – that acidy taste in the back of your throat when you almost lose it. One spoonful and I tossed the rest. I don’t even like THINKING about how it tasted.

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    August 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    The salad looks and sounds SO good! I also love chai lattes, but will have to check out those filterbags. I do loves me some Starbucks. Good luck with the competition!

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    Duchess of Fork
    August 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I was making Paula Deen’s Irish Creme Cake for St. Patty’s Day this year and was breezing right through the recipe. I was so overcome by the ease of it that I completely forgot to put the oil in the cake. I realized it when the cakes had been in the oven about 4 minutes. I pulled those suckers out, scooped out the batter, added oil, put the batter back in and baked away. They came out great!! No one had any idea of my oil mishap. 🙂

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