Garlic Noodles from Burma Superstar–So Easy, So Addictive

garlic noodles from burma superstar overhead with hot sauceAlong with their famous Tea Leaf Salad, the Garlic Noodles from Burma Superstar are among the deep-down, soul-satisfying comfort foods that I crave. Always. Maybe it’s because they remind me of the carefree days of my youth (okay, my 30s) when I lived within walking distance of the original Burma Superstar on Clement Street and had all the time in the world to wait for one of their prized tables to open up—either standing on the sidewalk in the seemingly ever-present bone-chilling San Francisco fog, or tucked at a cozy table across the street at the Blue Danube sipping a latte.

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Curry Hummus with Jalapeno, Cilantro + a Secret

curry-hummus-overheadCurry hummus on my mind. See, it’s January 8, it’s cold, it’s raining, and I just made a big batch of homemade pita bread. I need something to dip it in, and I want something spicy and flavorful, hearty and healthy. Like hummus. But not just regular, boring hummus. Not olive hummus, or spicy hummus, or even roasted garlic hummus. Something more exciting to brighten up this dreary January day and turn this pile of warm, homemade pita bread into a satisfying lunch. Curry hummus! That’s it!

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Homemade Pita Bread

homemade pita bread freshly baked on plate with hummusI may have made a big mistake as a mother by leading my son to believe that it’s perfectly normal to come home from school on a Wednesday afternoon to find a fresh batch of homemade pita bread cooling in the kitchen. He is going to either be sorely disappointed when he grows up and discovers that most living situations don’t provide freshly baked bread on a weekly basis or he’ll be the type of guy to whip up his own bread once a week, only time will tell.

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Superfood Kale Salad with Miso Dressing

 

miso dressing kale salad

I know kale salads are yesterday’s news, but this one—with miso dressing, toasted almonds, dried blueberries, and sautéed mushrooms—is so good that it has replaced all other kale salads in my book. It has become my go-to healthy salad. So healthy, in fact, that I’m eating it today as a holiday pretox (fill your body with tons of antioxidants and the New Year’s bubbly won’t do a bit of harm!), but the leftovers will be just as useful for tomorrow’s detox. It’s a true superfood salad.


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Easy Red Chile Sauce for Tamales or Enchiladas

red chile sauce on tamaleA good red chile sauce is so soul-tinglingly delicious, and, it turns out, really easy to make, too. I like to use New Mexico chiles because I think they have the best flavor, but discovered recently that California and Anaheim chiles are descendants of the New Mexico chile so either are a fine substitute.

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Make Tamales at Home: An Easy Recipe and Guide

It's easy to make tamales at home! This guide and recipe are all you need. #christmas #tamales #tamalerecipe #howtomaketamales #maketamales #easytamales #easyrecipe #christmasdinner

easy to make tamales piled on a black plateI never really thought I would buy prepared food from a stranger on the internet—I mean, not like a company or a restaurant, but just a random person who posted on Nextdoor.com—but last year, I found myself PMing with a woman who posted that she was planning to make tamales and sell them for Christmas. It kind of felt like doing a drug deal (not that I have personal experience with that). We negotiated the price, she asked which types I’d like and how many, and I sent her money via Paypal with the hope that in a few weeks, she’d show up on my doorstep with a few dozen tamales for my family’s Christmas Eve dinner.

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Chocolate Pecan Pie – Easy Thanksgiving Recipe

chocolate pecan pie sliceIt’s funny how often I’m asked to bring dessert to holiday dinners and parties. The truth is, I’m not actually much of a baker. Making dessert is a lot of pressure–it has to be delicious and beautiful and above all, special. The thought of making an elaborate special-occasion dessert can send me into a serious tizzy. That’s why I wrote The Deceptively Easy Dessert Cookbook. It’s full of what I call “low-stress, high-reward” dessert recipes. These are recipes for quick, easy, made-(mostly)-from-scratch, and beautiful desserts that are suitable for even the most special of occasions, but uncomplicated enough to make any time the urge strikes. This Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie is a perfect example–I’ll be bringing it to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year.

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Green Bean Salad with Crispy Fried Onions

green bean salad for thanksgivingI once made a Thanksgiving green bean casserole from scratch. You know, the old-fashioned kind with the creamy mushroom sauce and crispy fried onion topping? Was it good? Sure. But it  took me a ridiculously long time to make. Like, all day. Will I ever do it again? Heck no. Because the sad truth is that I am pretty sure no one could even tell the difference from the kind that uses canned cream of mushroom soup and canned fried onions. Adding insult to injury, I couldn’t get my onions anywhere near as crunchy as the store-bought ones. This year for Thanksgiving, I’m serving this lightened up green bean salad instead.

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Crispy Scallion Pancakes

scallion pancakesIt’s one of my foundational food memories: My little-kid legs sticking to the red vinyl of the restaurant chair, my stomach growling, as I wait eagerly for the dim sum cart to clatter by piled high with my favorite—Scallion Pancakes, flaky pastry rounds loaded with green onions and deep-fried to a crispy golden brown.

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Chocolate Chickpea Muffins (for Breakfast!)

chocolate chickpea muffins are so rich and chocolatey you'll have a hard time believing they're healthy!This post was sponsored by S&W Beans. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I love garbanzo beans. Or chickpeas. Whatever you call them, I love them in soups, stews, mashed and formed into patties and fried, in salads, with pasta, coated with savory spices and roasted until delectably crispy. And hummus! We can’t forget hummus. Because I love garbanzo beans/chickpeas so much, I always have multiple cans in my cupboard. The other day I was trying to think of a unique way to use them for a healthy breakfast. I was thinking something savory, with eggs and/or cheese, perhaps, but then I stumbled on the idea of using them in muffins. Chocolate chickpea muffins. Mmmm.


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