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.
This morning we woke up to the first real snow of the year––good thing I’d purchased a chicken. The following is a recipe I’ve been tweaking each winter when the snow flies; this year I added a cup of dry lentils to the rice. Below, you’ll find a slide show I made several years ago after … Full recipe post »
Coming off a four-week, super-intense editing of my next book, “The Welcome Home Diner”, a contemporary novel about two women opening a diner on Detroit’s east side. I get why writers isolate themselves during the process. I was assigned a well-seasoned editor determined to squeeze the best book that she could out of me. The verdict will be in the hands of … Full recipe post »
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