At the advent of a New Year, I have the urge to organize and clean closets; out with the old, in with the new. I also feel compelled to use up half-filled condiments, those idle squatters taking up space in my refrigerator. This organizational urge dissipates as the year wears on, so I grab it by the horns when it’s ready to ride.
An almost empty bottle of hoisin sauce (when did I purchase this?) inspires the evening meal. Hoisin is a marvelous Asian pantry staple; it’s a great flavor workhouse in recipes as it contains soy sauce, miso, molasses, ginger.
I literally threw the recipe together with odds and ends from my pantry and freezer, producing a savory, delicious meal. To save time I cooked the edamame with the boiling pasta, but you will have more control over the level of doneness if these items are cooked in separate pots.
My kids gave me an Instant Pot for Mother’s Day. Both passionate cooks, they told me they couldn’t imagine life without the contraption. But, to be honest, I rolled my eyes when opening the box—the last thing I need is another kitchen gadget cluttering my counters. That’s until I spied a yogurt button on the panel. I can make … Full recipe post »
Update: 1 cup of wild rice and 1 cup of farro both cook at the same time (as long as they’re not quick cook) and work great as a base for the chicken in this recipe, too. This morning we woke up to the first real snow of the year––good thing I’d purchased a chicken. … Full recipe post »
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