By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Oct 28, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Since it's Dining Month here at OnMilwaukee.com, I thought I would share two great recipes I tried recently. The first one is for Rachel Ray's hot and cold spicy noodles and the second is for homemade playdough, which came from my mentor / friend Debbie. I wouldn't serve them together.

Hot and cold sesame noodles (from Rachel Ray's "30-Minute Meals.")
1/2 lb. spaghetti
1/4 cup Tamari dark soy, eyeball it
1/4 rounded cup smooth peanut butter, softened in microwave 15 seconds on high
2 tablespoons cider or rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, eyeball it
2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 cups shredded cabbage and carrot mix, available in produce department
1 cup bean sprouts or pea shoots, any variety, available in produce department
3 scallions, chopped on an angle
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Cook pasta to al dente, with a bite to it, then cold shock it to stop the cooking process by running it under cold water in colander. Drain the pasta very well.

In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk together soy, peanut butter, vinegar, oil, sesame oil, and hot sauce. Add noodles and veggies and toss to combine the noodles and coat them evenly with sauce. Sprinkle scallions and sesame seeds throughout the salad and serve.

Kool-Aid playdough
3 cups flour
1 package unsweetened Kool-aid dissolved in 2 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt, 
1 tablespoon alum (found in the spice section)

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add oil to water and then add to the bowl. Mix well and knead with extra flour (may take up to 1 cup) until it feels right. Store in an airtight container. 

Note: This playdough smells really good because of the Kool-Aid. If your kid isn't old enough to know not to eat it, switch out the Kool-Aid and add a few drops of food coloring instead.
 

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.