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Recipe: Soba Sauce Stirfry

soba sauce stirfry

Thursday’s bento post will feature this stirfry. It’s quick, simple, and light. No cornstarch is involved. Three ingredients make the sauce. It can easily be made vegetarian by pulling out the chicken and adding more veggies. It all started with my cry for help when I had tried yakisoba at a local Japanese restaurant. I [...]

Red Pepper & Butternut Ravioli: Step 5

It’s time to cook our raviolis.  When it was time to cook mine, I hit a real stumbling block.  I’ve never cooked fresh pasta before.  I did a bit of research, read a lot of recipes online, and came to a decision.  Since this was a big ol’ experimental process anyway, I was going to [...]

Red Pepper & Butternut Ravioli: Step 4

It’s time to fill our circles and make them into ravioli!  Are you as excited as I am?  I hope so.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel to use a well-used phrase. Grab your butternut squash puree out of the fridge.  Remember, we put it there HOURS ago while we [...]

Red Pepper & Butternut Ravioli: Step 3

Look at that!  Pretty pasta dough.  Ready for you to shape it and mold it into whatever you want.  Now quite frankly, you don’t have to make ravioli with this.  You could roll it out flat and cut it into strips for fresh pasta noodles.  That sounds good too.  But we’re making ravioli.  So, go [...]

Red Pepper & Butternut Ravioli: Step 2

Are you ready?  Are you ready to get messy?  To get your kitchen floor covered in flour?  To get yourself covered in flour?  YES?!  Great, then it is time to make the dough for our ravioli.  Here’s the basic recipe for the pasta dough: 3.5 cups of sifted all purpose flour, 1/2 cup water, 4 [...]

Red Pepper & Butternut Ravioli: Step 1

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I spent my whole weekend cooking.  It was wonderful.  I knew I had a weekend with little to no plans and had decided to spend it doing two things that I’ve been thinking of trying for some time now.  One of those things was to make ravioli.  You might [...]

Recipe: Mac ‘n Cheese (And What I Did With My Weekend Too)

mac n cheese baked

Nothing. That’s right. I did absolutely nothing constructive this weekend except for a bit of cooking and a bit of paperwork for my job. Otherwise, zip, zilch, zero, nada. I didn’t leave the house except to go four blocks up the street to go get a little food. I haven’t talked to anyone for any [...]

Recipe: Baked Mac ‘n Cheese

Feisty Foodie asked me to post my recipe for the baked mac ‘n cheese I featured in this post. I grew up eating my great-grandmother’s baked mac ‘n cheese. It was the most awesome stuff. As I’ve belabored often enough on this site, I’m not the world’s best cook. But this is the one thing [...]