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Delectable Dishes

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Homemade Tofu is easier than Homemade Cheese

 I am going to great lengths for something I could buy for 94 cents at the Asian grocery store.  I am making tofu from desiccated soybeans. 

Why?  Because, in the end, this tofu was delicate unlike any other.  It was clouds; and, while mild in flavor, a perfect base for a simple tart sesame sauce. 
 

I was inspired by (read: looking to plagiarize) a recipe published in Gourmet Magazine.  The article was about how Korean food was the new... Burmese food.  (And yes, Gourmet did take a sub-authentic spin (Re: no rice flour in Jun pancakes) on a Korean menu.)
 
Nestled betwen the glossy pages of the monthly publication was a warmed tofu dish with a sweet sesame soy sauce.  I will say that the homemade tofu made ALL THE DIFFERENCE.  It was porous and soaked up the sauce like a little sponge.  It melted in my mouth.  I downed and saved one single bite for my boyfriend.  I left the house to keep myself from finishing it off. 
 
Here is the recipe - loosely put:
 
1. Gently lower a 14-18 oz piece of homemade tofu in a saucepan of boiling water.  Cover simmer.  
 
2. Muddle 1 t minced garlic, 1/4 c chopped scallions, 2 t tasted sesame seeds, 3 T soy sauce, 1 t sesame oil, 2 t peanut oil, 1 t sugar, a splash of rice vinegar, and 1 t chili flakes together.
 
3. Remove tofu from the saucepan and drizzle with sauce.  Top with a couple more sesame seeds and some freshly chopped cilantro.

 
Sufficiently tempted?
Click here to see how I actually MADE the tofu. 
Alternatively, if soy milk is more you schtick, click here to see the milk in process!

Cochinita Pibil: Buried Piggie

 Arcenia calls me "cochina" all the time.  It's a term of endearment, but as it directly translates to the word "pig", I am only mildy flattered.

Mango Buffalo Wings with Mango Lime Cream Dipping Sauce

Buffalo Wings--really good. Oven Baked Buffalo Wings--even better. Oven Baked MANGO Buffalo Wings with Mango Cream Dipping Sauce? I think I could eat these every single day. So I had three ingredients in front of me--mango, brown sugar, and cardamom.  You can go sweet, or sort of savory with these three things.  What I came up with is a little of both. The wings are spicy, with a hint of mango, and while oven baked, still nice and crispy.

Who Says You Can't Be a Fatty at Home? French Fries!

I wanted to be all Spanish with my meatballs, because in the past I have been all Italian with my preparation. Tired of tomatoes, because they have a tendency to overpower my mouth, I have adopted chicken broth, sherry, almonds, and begrudgingly some saffron. My roommate Andrew evoked his familial roots,and, in true Spanish fashion, fried up some french fries.

Ragù Alla Bolognese

Ragu alla BologneseI'm going to say right at the start that this most likely isn't authentic Ragù Alla Bolognese. But you know what? It's good. It's damn good. And my family loves it. So if it isn't authentic, well, I'll still sleep at night. Because I can get my kids to eat it. With vegetables in it.

Turkish Pizzas

turkpizza4 It all started with my husband, Billy. He ran to Barnes and Noble to pick up a book, and grabbed this cookbook for me while waiting in line. How can I not love a man that willingly feeds my cookbook addiction? It's called Oriental Basics, and it's by Cornelia Schinharl and Sebastian Dickhaut. ('howt? 'hot?

Chicken Bun

img_1137 When I think of the house where my friend Katie grew up, I think of her kitchen. Her kitchen overflows with food, ancient and recent—dried scallops given to her dad by clients, fruit baskets and See’s boxes of similar origin, the newest bizarre item from Trader Joe’s, leftover dim sum. I guess that’s what happens when you have five kids.

Crackling Chocolate-Walnut Cookies

img_1151img_1148 I’ve been meaning to bake for a while, but time and equipment have interceded. But there was a birthday coming up at the office, and I had an evening that I felt like whittling away with a little project.

It's BACON!!!

blt2 (Said like the dog in that old commercial where the dog smells bacon but can't read the bag of treats. "Bacon bacon bacon bacon...BACON!!!) (Not that this recipe is even remotely like dog treats, though I suppose your dog would L-O-V-E it if you dropped some of this on the floor...) But! Moving on. hehe. We made our own bacon. Yes.

Andalucian Potato Egg and Tuna Salad... Swoon

Spanish tuna is a flavor unbeknownst to the Chicken of the See Jessica Simpsons. It makes this salad other worldly! Like all Spanish food, for better or for worse, it is served room temperature as tapas. Bar Bahia in Cadiz, a city known for its Carnival, serves it as a tapa. Some wine/Cruzcampo and you're set.
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