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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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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7 Crock Pot Recipes

7 Crock Pot Recipes

In Tucson, there are a scarcity of cozy-weather days.  The past week though, has been a rare week full of cozy-weather days.  Full-on robe-and-slippers stuff.  Hot cocoa has finally begun to sound like a good idea.  I think it's awesome.

No, it's not like we've got piles of snow - or even piles of leaves, for that matter - but it's been rainy and cold, as if to make at least a half-hearted attempt at winter.  If you hadn't noticed before, my culinary cravings are often inspired by the weather.  And as much as I've tried to get into the holiday baking and hot foods these past few months, it's only been the last few days that the climate has become more... appropriate.

 

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Glazed Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Glazed Eggnog Sugar Cookies

I remember the first time I ever tried eggnog.  

It was non-alcoholic, of course - I couldn't have been older than 10 at the time - but because I wasn't prepared for anything but what it appeared to be, which was a milkshake, I still had to hold it at arm's length to stare at it and ask, "Grandma, what's in this?"

The whipped egg and the nutmeg, practically the defining features of the holiday drink, were out of range for my ten-year-old palate.  And now, though I've long since added many tastes and textures to my "acceptable foods" list, milkshakes and similarly heavy drinks have not survived those palate-expanding changes.

As a result, I've never added eggnog to my holiday menu.  Still, seeing the plethora of recipes for eggnog and the overflowing milk coolers of eggnog at the supermarket, I can't help but feel I'm missing out somehow during the holiday season.  I mean, heck, I appreciate nutmeg!  

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