Zhajiangmian (Noodles in Soybean Paste)

Zhajiangmian (Noodles in Soybean Paste)

Zhajiangmian As promised in response to my don’t-want-to-study-for-finals Facebook polling a few weeks back, here is the long-awaited recipe for my Zhajiangmian. This is a good recipe to closely follow my Braised Sichuan Eggplant because 4 out of 5 of the seasonings in this recipe are the exact same! Score! Now please, if you’ve been … Continue reading

Salad Niçoise with Mayo-Free Tuna Salad

Salad Niçoise with Mayo-Free Tuna Salad

A twist on the classic Salad Niçoise Looking back at recent blog posts this month, I realized that the recipes I have posted thus far have taken on a rather Asian theme. Okay, I can’t help it. I love Asian foods and a good portion of what I cook at home is at least Asian-inspired. So … Continue reading

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup Sometimes one simply needs a good pot of hot, spicy, soul-cleansing, sinus-clearing soup. Situations that such a soup might possibly remedy: A miserably cold and dreary winter day Misery induced by the previous night’s over-eager indulgence in too many glasses of vino Night-before-exam misery due to having put off grocery shopping … Continue reading

Braised Spicy Sichuan Eggplant

Braised Spicy Sichuan Eggplant

Braised Spicy Sichuan Eggplant with Minced Pork Eggplant is my favorite vegetable – especially the long and skinny Japanese variety. It is so savory with its ability to soak up sweet, vinegary, and salty flavors – all hallmarks of this classic Sichuan dish. In Chinese, the dish is called “yu xiang qiezi” – or “fish-fragrant” … Continue reading

Cumin and Thyme-Rubbed Pork Chops

Cumin and Thyme-Rubbed Pork Chops

Cumin & thyme-rubbed pork chops on a green salad I am lucky enough to live within 15 minutes of a Trader Joe’s. Never have I been glad enough for a reverse migration of Californians back out to the Midwest. I’m one of such transplants, and I’m glad TJ’s was thoughtful enough to make sure to … Continue reading

Baked Eggs in Turkey Shell

Baked Eggs in Turkey Shell

Weekend mornings are meant for indulging in brunch foods that rushed weekday mornings do not permit. Baked eggs are one of my go-to’s for homemade brunch. This particular variation is uncomplicated but elegant, and feels decadent without being heavy. The hardest part is waiting for it to finish baking! Portions can be easily scaled up … Continue reading