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.
Traveling pleasures, for me, include exploring food markets and trying my hand at local cuisines. We’ve just returned from Barbados, the most easterly island in the West Indies; a 3 1/2 hour flight south from Miami, and then another hour flight south to Venezuela. When traveling, Richard and I often rent a VRBO, a subsidiary of Home Away, Flip Key (owned by Trip Advisor) … Full recipe post »
We may be jipped out of a white Christmas in Michigan this year, but the promise of the family rejoined and traditions re-lit has me craving pickled herring. In past years I’ve been lucky enough to receive it––scratch-made––from my Polish neighbor, Krystyna, the week before our family celebrates Christmas and the New Year. This year she’s left … Full recipe post »
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