Psycho Cooker

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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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Greek Eggs with Tomatoes

Summer tomatoes are upon us; add this recipe to your bag of tricks when you grow weary of caprese salads (although that is surely impossible).  Actually, this recipe can serve as a convincing slight of hand even for pale winter tomatoes, but it is surely better with summer’s ripe red bounty.  This is a simple egg dish, hailing from Greece, that hinges upon a neat little trick: grating your tomatoes.  You shave a tiny piece of skin off the base of the tomato, and grate the entire tomato on the large holes of a box grater, leaving the majority of […]

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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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Cabbage Fried Rice with Bacon

I love cruciferous vegetables. Cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts: I love them all. These vegetables tend to be pungent, and stand up well to aggressive cooking methods and flavors; they can be roasted, caramelized in a hot sauté pan, or braised; they do well with curry, soy sauce, garlic, and chilies. Lately, I have been eating a lot of cauliflower and kale; they serve as a great foundation for quick, weeknight meals. (Sauté some half a head of cauliflower with a diced link of chicken sausage, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Pile it into a bowl, and sprinkle some […]

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Scrambled Eggs with Beans

This is my comfort food, weeknight meal of the moment.  I tend to find something I like, eat on it repeat, and then burn out.  My current food crush is scrambled eggs with cheese and refried beans.  This simple preparation of store-bought ingredients results in a quick, satisfying meal.  It consists of slightly doctored refried beans, topped with perfectly scrambled eggs and shredded cheese, along with a splash of hot sauce and a little avocado, if you have it.  I have made it a few times now, and timing is essential for success.  Everything must be ready and waiting for […]

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Easter Egg Pasta

The most recent issue of Bon Appétit is pretty brilliant; while I read it every month upon arrival in my mailbox, this month’s copy has myriad recipes that I truly want to make, flagged with hot pink Post It notes.  On the list of intriguing items, there was a short article on various uses for leftover Easter Eggs.  Though I don’t celebrate Easter, but I do enjoy eggs.  One of the recipes was for a garlic-olive oil-anchovy-based pasta that was finished with grated hardboiled eggs and parsley.  I would never in a million years imagined adding hardboiled eggs to my […]

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Shakshuka

This recipe is foolproof.  The evening I made it, I was behaving like a fool, and it still came out great.  That day, I picked up a new pair of glasses, which was an exciting event since they are my first new pair in nine years.  When I retrieved them from the optometrist’s office, I relegated my contacts to a clean, white case in order to test out the glasses, and wore the glasses home.  This was my first foolish decision as the new prescription left me initially disoriented, which probably did not bode well for my driving.  I drove […]

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Mayonnaise: The Real Deal

Mayonnaise is a strange food.  It is the crux of many delicious recipes, but very few people yearn to crack open a jar of Hellman’s a dig in with a spoon.  Traditional mayonnaise is simply an emulsion of egg yolks, oil, and lemon juice, but commercial production sometimes renders into something seemingly more offensive.  Few have been spared the visual trauma of a vessel of mayonnaise that has been exposed to open air, out of refrigeration, translucent and gelatinous at the edges.  Despite this burdensome image, I truly enjoy mayonnaise on sandwiches, as a base for sauces and dips, and […]

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Stracciatella

I actually do cook food other than soups, but somehow soup seems to be the only thing I am motivated to write about.  Soon, it will be too swelteringly hot in my apartment to make soup, so please bear with me.  Alas, I present you with one more soup recipe: straciatella.  The recipe is the result of highly impromptu cooking.  Straciatella is a combination of chicken noodle and egg drop soup with an Italian flair.  I have been thinking about making it for a bit.  When it crossed my mind again this morning, I realized I had almost all of […]

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Snow Day Part 2

Sometimes, Wednesday morning can feel like Sunday morning.  I’m sure you’re scratching your head, wondering: how is this impossible feat accomplished?  I will tell you.  It’s due to a rare and wonderful circumstance: the second of two snow days consecutive snow days due to sub zero wind chills!  Doesn’t it sound wonderful?  Let me tell you, it is.  I had a weekend in the middle of my week, and I enjoyed every minute of it. When I woke up on this “Sunday” morning, I felt that I needed to prepare some sort of luxurious breakfast, as opposed to my usual […]

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