Psycho Cooker

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Thai Curry Noodles with Shrimp and Vegetables

I do my best not to waste food.  I believe in resourceful cooking, meaning food shouldn’t only taste good, but it should be functional: simple, affordable, and unwasteful.  That’s how I derived the idea for this dish.  I had left over coconut milk from my chickpea salad, and figured that a Thai noodle dish would be a good vehicle for the leftovers. This is a simple rice noodle stir fry, loaded with green vegetables, shrimp, and lush coconut-curry sauce.  You may notice a lot of ranges in the ingredient list – just go with what suits your taste, and you […]

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Curried Chickpea Salad

Make a mental note: when it’s too hot to cook, you’ll make this for dinner.  Vegetarian?  Vegan?  On a budget?  Looking for something healthy, but satisfying?  Just plain hungry?  This recipe will fit the bill.  This is a Mark Bittman original recipe.  Truth be told: I have a sweet spot for ol’ Bittman, but this recipe is particularly tasty, and functional.  The requirements are simple: chop a couple vegetables, and stir a few things together, and you have a light summer meal at your disposal.  Chickpeas, curry powder, red bell pepper, lime, scallions, cilantro, peas, and coconut milk: that’s all […]

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D-Lux Turkey Burgers

You may not typically associate turkey burgers with the word “deluxe,” but anything is possible in the psycho kitchen.  The phrase “turkey burger” most readily conjures up images of frozen, gray hockey pucks, dry in texture and with a processed flavor, but they don’t have to be like that if you make them at home.  I like turkey burgers because they offer a bit more creative license than beef burgers.  When purchasing good quality ground beef, burgers should be an exercise in simplicity.  Since ground turkey is a little blander, it lends more flexibility with flavor profiles and add-ins, without […]

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Pasta Carbonara with Chard

I love cooking in someone else’s kitchen.  I love to evaluate the available ingredients, and morph them into a fabulous meal.  In fact, I enjoy this process at home as well.  Sometimes my best meals come from a seemingly barren kitchen; however, it’s even more fun in the home of someone else because they undoubtedly have different items on hand.  This past week, I got to partake in an interest twist of this experience.  My aunt and uncle recently left town for an extended trip, and the night before their departure, my aunt sent me home with any lingering food […]

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Spring Chicken Noodle Soup with Miso

Every year, I inevitably come down with some minor spring cold or allergies, and I know I’m not alone.  Regardless of the cause, congestion is a common theme this time of year, and this soup will cure what ails you (or at least make your ailment a bit more palatable).  Garlicky chicken soup is well known for its curative properties, but this soup’s decongestant quotient is bolstered by plenty of fresh ginger.  Also, the addition on some fresh springtime vegetables will give you another boost of antioxidants, and they will also allow you to partake in the joy of springtime […]

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