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Kid-Friendly Udon Noodle Soup

Over Spring Break I learned how to make homemade Udon noodle soup from my friend Erika, who is Japanese American. My family visited with Erika’s family in the San Francisco area, and we enjoyed an authentic Japanese home-cooked meal together. I joined Erika in the kitchen and learned that this soup is easy to make. While we were cooking in the kitchen, our kids were playing a make-believe game of cooking school. I wonder where they got that idea?

Erika showed me how udon noodle soup is made in stages. First you start with dashi stock, a traditional Japanese fish stock that is the foundation for many Japanese recipes. Erika makes hers with water and instant granules, similar to bouillon cubes. Then the dashi is seasoned to complete the udon broth. Next chicken, vegetables and egg are cooked directly in the broth. Cooked spinach, cooked noodles and scallions are added to complete the soup. This dish is the kind of meal that home cooks whip together by feel and usually don’t use exact measurements. Luckily, I followed Erika around the kitchen so I was able to get approximate measurements and to write down the directions.

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Pea Tendril Pesto Pasta: What to do with greens from the CSA vegetable box

Want to get more greens in your diet? Don’t know what to cook with all the greens that come in your Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) box? This pesto pasta is the answer. Not only is this pesto delicious on pasta, it makes a fantastic sauce for chicken, fish, and bruschetta.

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My Quest for the Ultimate Sweet Apple Noodle Kugel

Every Jewish woman should have a noodle kugel, brisket, and matzo ball soup in her arsenal. These dishes go a long way toward filling the table with nostalgic, traditional holiday dishes. My mom and aunts all made the same noodle kugel recipe for most holidays. It was the star of the meal as far as I was concerned. I like the sweet kugel, which is a dish of egg noodles coated in a luscious, sweet dairy sauce and held together by eggs. Kugel is comfort food at its best and a special holiday treat.

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Butternut Squash Soup with Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix

This soup recipe of mine is featured on Bob’s Red Mill’s blog. One of my all time favorite soups is this butternut squash soup with barley and split peas. I learned how to make this recipe from my friend Lynne when we were in school together. She’d put up a pot of soup, and we’d […]

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Casamiento Wraps: El Salvadoran Comfort Food Made With the Ultimate Rice and Beans

Today I am sharing an El Salvadoran dish and one of my “go-to” comfort foods: casamiento, which means marriage in Spanish. Casamiento is made by mixing together, or marrying, rice and beans. I make a wrap by filling a tortilla with casamiento and my favorite toppings. My kids love when I set up a topping […]

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Pumpkin Risotto with Peas

When it’s winter, I crave warm, comforting food. One of my favorites is this pumpkin risotto. I feel so gourmet when I make it, but it’s not hard to make as long as you can stay by the stove for 25 minutes. I love that I can make this dish in around 30 minutes from […]

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