Thai Noodle Bowl with Carrot Sauce

Thai Noodle Bowl with Carrot Sauce

First of all, I love Asian food.  Well, at least I think I do.

I’ve never actually been to anywhere in Asia.  The closest I’ve been is Greece… and they primarily serve Greek food there.  But I do love the Asian food I’ve had here in the US – whatever that counts for – and I think it’s pretty dang good.

I’m a fan of all the different spices, sweet, sour, umami flavors going on.  It’s the sauces, the broths, the way meat or tofu goes with various noodles or rice, and all those fun vegetables! 

We could definitely sit and discuss the awesomeness that encompasses Asian food for a while.  I’d tell you about my thing for raw fish (my mom says I’m like a bear,) and you could tell me how a real Japanese dashi is made… it would be great.  But, alas, I’ll have to save the in-depth discussion for the comments.

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Chocolate Mole (with slow-cooker chicken recipe)

Chocolate Mole (with slow-cooker chicken recipe)

Have you ever been to a restaurant where you have eaten something so mind-blowingly wonderful that you had to beg your waiter to divulge the cook’s secrets to you?

While I like to think of myself as a good cook with a discerning palate, this has been my experience more than once.  At such times, I tend to stare at my dish and exclaim with incredulity and awe, what is IN this?  Usually audibly and repeatedly, to the annoyance of nearby diners.

A seemingly ordinary dollop of mashed potatoes once threw me off guard with its ridiculous amount of flavor.  What is that amazingness coming from? I asked my waiter.  Butter? he responded.  Hmmm

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5 Simple Tips to Eat Less Meat (and still get enough protein!)

5 Simple Tips to Eat Less Meat (and still get enough protein!)

There are a lot of reasons to eat less meat.  

Think environmental healthpersonal health, and inhumane conditions of industrial farms - just a few of the hot topics.  But the choice to be in-the-know is all yours, and I ain’t here to preach.  If you’ve decided you want to try eating less meat and want some ideas to start, this Tips Tuesday post is for you, friend!

For a while, when I was trying to cut down on animal products, I simply ate less meat without giving much thought to my protein intake.  But, as I found out, that approach can make you pretty hungry!  And Steve was not a fan of my frequent hangry days.  Courtney SMASH!

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3 Time-Saving Recipes

3 Time-Saving Recipes

On the 3rd day of Christmas, FitCakes gave to me 3 Time-Saving Recipes.

Not that I had the foresight to plan it that way, but this actually kinda works out perfectly.

As it would happen, I left the "time-saving" recipe day for almost the very end of the 12 Days of Christmas series.  Time-saving recipes are in high demand in my kitchen right now.  Right when all the things I haven't done are catapulting at me as if the holiday season had declared a medieval seige upon my life.

Of course I don't blame the holiday season.  I still agree with the song lyrics that play on the radio non-stop - no matter how often I hear them - "It's the most wonderful time of the year!"  But because it's the season of a million wonderful events, it's hard not to get caught up in the flurry and fall behind on a few things.

 

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