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Spicy Pan-Fried Noodles

I love noodles.  All noodles.  They are inexpensive, and a limitless blank canvas for a quick and delicious dinner.  Italian pasta is what I cook most frequently, but I gravitate towards noodles no matter what the cuisine.  I recently went to a Chinese market on a Sunday afternoon, to stock up on authentic Asian ingredients.  I was the only person in the market that wasn’t Chinese; one elderly woman seemed to think I was lost, as she was kindly trying to guide me towards the exit in the parking lot.  Yet, I emerged victorious with a variety of Chinese and […]

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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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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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Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Cabbage and Chicken

  It’s still relatively early in the new year, which brings about the usual healthy eating reboot.  This year, I am noticing a perceptible shift in the annual routine: I can’t ignore the fact that I feel best when I am consuming more roughage, and less rich, heavy food.  Go figure: it turns out that vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains are touted for a reason.   While my taste for huge helpings of pasta will never disappear, I have discovered that the splurges feel much better in moderation, and more importantly, I feel much better.  This realization simultaneously brings me […]

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Hot and Sour Soup

I have a horrible personality.  Of my many horrible traits, I am obsessive.  I become obsessed with foods, routines, TV shows, activities, websites, etc.; then I indulge until I cannot take it anymore.  Sometimes, these obsessions last for years.  For example, I have been eating a turkey sandwich for lunch at work/school for the last five years.  I vary the bread, condiments, and toppings, but it’s a turkey sandwich no matter how many different variations of mustard I purchase.  How is it possible that I can endure, let alone enjoy, such a way of being?  I also have a wide […]

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Okonomiyaki

You may recall that I have been on a bit of a cabbage jag in my cooking.  I have been scouring the internet for hearty recipes that embolden cabbage to play the starring role it deserves.  This post proudly documents a worthy, cabbage-centric recipe.  The best part is I didn’t have to search for it;  it found me.  Here you have a unique, yet accessible spin on a cabbage-y weeknight dinner.  If you’re in a cooking rut, this one might just get your juices flowing.  It was fun to make, tasty, and inexpensive.  If that isn’t a winning combination, I’m […]

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