Psycho Cooker

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

The notion of “tuna noodle casserole” keeps finding its way to me.  First, it was a friend’s nostalgia about a roommate’s version of the recipe in college (Annie’s “Alfredo Style” mac and cheese, mixed with tuna, and topped with potato chips).  Then it was a feature recipe in March’s Bon Appétit (all gussied up with leeks, fresh dill, and béchamel sauce).  Additionally, I’ve been eating more tuna salad lately because I’m bored to death with my standby lunch of turkey sandwiches.  I know: tuna lacks glamour, and it tends to conjure up images of elderly couples splitting sandwiches on pumpernickel, […]

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Black Bean and Chorizo Soup with Quesadillas

Lately, I’ve been in a creative rut, both in the kitchen and in my life, in general.  Sometimes, it just seems like I’ve reached my limit in concocting creative ways to eat, or how to trick the kids I work with into doing what they need to do without being miserable.  Play-Doh only goes so far.  Lately, even my breakfasts and lunches seem like a drag, and I just feel cheated when I don’t enjoy a meal.  So much of the day is arduous, and a good meal can be so uplifting in the midst.  When the turkey wrap that […]

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Roasted Chicken

In the world of food, there is little more wholesome and comforting than a golden-brown, crispy-skinned, roasted chicken.  Even if you don’t eat the skin, you can’t possibly argue with such pure aesthetics.  Honestly, the wholesome perfection of this dish has kept me at bay for years, out of mere intimidation.  A whole, roasted chicken reminds me acutely of my childhood, and the perfectly browned birds my mom would pluck from the oven, like magic.  I wouldn’t dare tackle something so sacred, for fear that I would ruin it.  Last Sunday, I conquered this insecurity, and made my first roast […]

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Asparagus: A Sign of Spring

I believe that everyone has his or her own gauge of spring, and its impending promise.  I think it’s safe to say that increasing daylight is a universal point of reference for spring.  For many people, I think it also has something to do with baseball.  Personally, I keep an eye on the produce section, and when asparagus is abundant, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Although asparagus is available year round, the in-season springtime asparagus sets itself apart.  Its vivid green stalks are tender and slender, as opposed to woody and thick.  Additionally, the […]

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Mapo Tofu

People say, “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” and my blogging hiatus has definitely increased my affinity for my corner of cyber space, and cooking, in general. People also say, “you want what you can’t have,” and during my functional break from my right hand, all I wanted to do was cook.  And I couldn’t.  So, as I started to see some progress with my burn, I began to plot.  Regardless of the diminishing pain, I knew the bandage would impede me from effective chopping, just as it impeded me from so many other things.  So I searched for a […]

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