Posts tagged ‘noodles’

October 1, 2010

Happy October. Here’s a meal.

I love cooking. Even more than cooking, I love cooking with loved ones. If I’ve ever cooked with you, well, thank you. (I was attempting to be pompous. I almost wrote “You’re welcome.” However, I really appreciate it in a way I probably didn’t express enough when we were doing the cooking and the cleaning up and the enjoying.)

The other night, I had the honor and pleasure of donning my apron alongside my most favorite cooking partner. That’s him up there in that picture. Well, that’s our shadow. His particular part of the shadow is the left; mine is the right. You probably figured that out. And back to point:: We used to make food together all the time. All the time. But then, that sort of pittered to an all but stop. I really enjoy cooking (I think I’ve mentioned that.), and so he, in all his wondrous kindness, lets me enjoy it. I put on music; I get in the zone; I experiment. The other night, we cooked together– shared and bounced ideas, prepped ingredients for each other, and chatted. Oh, what joy! What fun! What a gloriously delicious meal.

It was pretty simple. However, that’s some of the best food. Right?

The meal::

Linguini
Sockarooni sauce by Newman’s Own
1 (12 oz) can diced tomatoes
Mozzarella shredded cheese

Focaccia
Minced garlic
Mozzarella shredded cheese

Pasta:: Cook linguini (or any pasta you have on hand). While the pasta is boiling away, prepare the sauce. Mix sauce and diced tomatoes together. Allow to lightly bubble. Low-medium heat works well.

Bread:: Mince garlic. Spread onto sliced focaccia. Add cheese atop. Put into a 350 degree F oven. Cook until cheese is melted and bread is slightly toasty.

Back to pasta:: Once pasta is al dente, drain. Put back into pot to serve– pasta, sauce, lots of cheese. Hold hands in celebration with your favorite partner chef, and enjoy!!!

Optional additional ideas:: capers, bell peppers, spinach, meatballs, parmesan cheese, black olives, broccoli, and I’m sure you can think of plenty more that would be equally delicious.


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September 30, 2010

Sesame Noodles

These can be a meal… if you plan on eating a small meal or you add protein. However, alone they make a good almost meal.

I didn’t know what to think of them at first. I didn’t grow up with Sesame Noodles like I did pancakes (which I loved) and casseroles (which I avoided). But I saw this recipe, and I paused to think. Then, I bought ingredients.

Sesame Noodles
Inspired by For the Love of Cooking

12 oz cooked thin noodles (I used linguini.)
1/4 c soy sauce
1 T sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T rice vinegar
5 T extra virgin olive oil
1/2 t sweet chile sauce
2 T hot water
3 to 4 green onions, sliced thin
1 T sesame seeds

Whisk together soy sauce, sugar, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil, chile sauce, canola oil, and water in a bowl.

Cook noodles. Mix noodles with the sauce until completely coated. Add green onions and sesame seeds.