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Cold Noodles

Basically a noodle salad, Asian style.  Literally 15 minutes to prepare and sooo refreshing during summer heat waves!

Ingredients: Thin noodles, vegetables

Sauce Ingredients: 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 2 tbsp honey, 3 tbsp unsalted creamy peanut butter, 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil, 1 tsp chilli oil

1.  Prepare your noodles by cooking them as the package instructions.  When done, rinse with cold water and either set aside or refrigerate.

2.  Chop your vegetables of choice.  I went with cucumbers, carrots, and cilantro.  Poultry such as chicken or sliced eggs would have been good choices as well.

3.  Make the sauce by whisking together all ingredients and adjusting to taste.

4.  Mix the chilled noodles with the sauce and vegetables and serve cold.

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Dinner for Two

An easy Sunday night meal consisting of elegant comfort foods.  Everything is cooked in the oven, so this is a set it and forget it meal.

Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken Ingredients: 6 chicken drumsticks, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, flour

Sauce Ingredients: 1/4 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup hot sauce, splash of white vinegar, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper (all to taste).

1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.  Rinse the drumsticks and pat dry.  If the drumsticks are on the larger side, cut slits into them to ensure full cooking.

2. Lightly coat the chicken with oil and season with salt and pepper.

3. Set the drumsticks on a greased baking sheet and lightly dust with flour.  Bake for one hour.

4.  In the meantime, prepare the buffalo sauce.  Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat until all combined.

5.  When the drumsticks are done, toss to coat in a bowl of the sauce.

Potatoes Au Gratin

Ingredients: 3 medium potatoes – peeled and thinly sliced (use a mandolin), 2 minced garlic cloves, 2 cups half and half, 1 cup grated Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste, 1 tbsp herb seasoning

1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.  Mix together the garlic, half and half, salt and pepper, herb seasoning, and a 1/2 cup of Parmesan.

2.  Stack the potato slices around a baking pan into even levels.

3. Pour the mixture over the potatoes.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top and bake for 45 minutes.

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Weekend

Some late night and early morning kitchen creations over the weekend…

8:30 A.M: Breakfast Naan Pizza

Use the same naan recipe as last week, top with with tomato sauce, chopped cooked bacon, shredded mozarella, and carefully crack an egg on top.  Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until the yolk is set.  Top with chopped cilantro and cracked black pepper.  Best served with Sriracha Maple Syrup (equal parts sriracha sauce and maple syrup).

7 P.M: Kimchi Beef Dumplings

Mix 1 lb of ground beef with 1 1/2 cups chopped kimchi.  Mold into dumpling skins and seal.  Boil or steam to cook and serve with your favorite dumpling dipping sauce.

1 A.M: Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

Slice jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise and gut the insides.  Stuff with shredded mozzarella cheese and close the halves together; using toothpicks helps.  Make a batter mix of beaten eggs, black pepper, salt, and herb seasoning.  Dip the jalapeños first in flour, then in the egg mixture, and finally the breadcrumbs. 

Fry in hot oil until golden brown.  Pair with your hot sauce of choice. 

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Easy Comfort

This might be the most no-brainer meal on this blog as of yet.  I am always looking for recipes that can be made within 15 minutes, because that is all the energy I have left at the end of a long work day.

Recipe adapted from Ochikeron.

Ingredients: 1/2 potato, 1 serving of poultry of choice (shaved), 1 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp soy sauce, pinch of salt.

1. Cut the potato into 3/4 inch wide slices and grate them.  You should end up with about a 1/2 cup worth of grated potato.

2. If you are unable to find already shaved meat at the grocery store, you will have to slice the meat into thin pieces.  I bought the beef pre-sliced at Trader Joe’s.

3. Heat some oil in a pan and cook the meat until it is no longer pink.  Add around 3/4 cup of water and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

4. Stir in the brown sugar, soy sauce, and salt until fully mixed with the meat.

5.  Add grated potato and cook for another 2 minutes.

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