Goodbye Summer Salsa

Oh September, how I love thee. You have it all: long weekends, grill weather, football games. But let’s be honest, for all of your greatness, you also bring with you the first signs of arctic chill that grows into the wintry monster we all know and many of us hate. September for me is all about maximizing sun and sand, and savoring the last few days of summer in whatever way possible. But when the cold sets in, food can be an amazing shortcut for reliving that summer bliss. Grilled mango salsa is at the top of my list. Continue reading Goodbye Summer Salsa

Faux Pho

At this point you may have noticed that I enjoy Asian noodle dishes. I have a noodle tag, a full forty percent of my posts are about Asian noodles, and so forth. The fact of the matter is that I enjoy noodles of all stripes, and am bent on finding new ways to dress them up in saucy goodness and consume them. I’m not picky – I go for Italian (but I’m far outshined by hubby’s grandma in that department), or the German Spaetzel (pronounced with extra spit), but just as often I opt for one of the endless combinations of noodly love that can be built with a few simple core ingredients: Flat rice noodles, garlic, soy, sesame oil, Sriracha and lime juice. With these in your cabinet, plus a few supplementals, and willingness to experiment, a whole world of pan-Asian goodness opens up to you.

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Stuffed Chicken is for Girls

Whether you feel terrified, excited, or utterly ambivalent about moving to a new city, odds are, the prospect of making new friends sounds completely daunting. Thus was my experience upon relocating for my first post-college, real life, grownup job. I was lucky enough to have one awesome girl friend already living in the area, but was otherwise without peeps. Then, through the good graces of bocce (the game) I became friends with April (the person) who let me in on the best tradition ever. Continue reading Stuffed Chicken is for Girls