Soy-Glazed Flank Steak with Blistered Green Beans

1 lb. beef flank steak 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 T. finely chopped fresh ginger 2 T. soy sauce 1 t. brown sugar 3 T. peanut oil 1 lb. green beans, trimmed and halved 4 scallions, white parts only, thinly sliced 2 T. mirin 1 t. sambal Oelek toasted sesame seeds (optional) Cut the flank…

Shrimp and Cucumber Asian Lettuce Wraps

Shrimp, cucumber, and jasmine rice combine to make my favorite snack, lunch, dinner wrap. Super easy to make — just need a little planning to cook and cool the jasmine rice and steam the shrimp. Try it. You’ll LOVE it! 2 limes 1/4 t. salt 1/4 t. freshly ground pepper 1 lb. medium shrimp, shelled,…

So Ramen-tic: Broccoli Beef with Ramen

I am a hopeless ramen-tic.  I  could  absolutely eat ramen noodles three times a day — even with the terrible flavor packets–let the public shaming begin!   I’ll add them to anything–in chicken noodle soup, in my Szechuan green beans, and they’re completely delicious with broccoli beef.   This is definitely a Tony and Mark…

Diane’s Chicken Wings

Love at first bite!  Super duper fingerlicking GREAT!  EASY to make — light and crunchy outside and flavorful and moist on the inside. Sweet, sour, salty and spicy–all the flavors of Vietnam. My family knows I have a serious addiction to wings, so much so that I will cook an entire turkey (granted, only once a…

A Ciao Mein Confession

I don’t eat at fast food restaurants very often at all (but I just discovered amazing carnitas tacos at Filiberto’s, dangerously close to our house) — an occasional hamburger at In n Out, and in the summer, I’ll swing by Wendy’s once in a great while for a chocolate frosty.  BUT (here’s the confession part)…

Szechuan Green Beans

Whenever I’m hungry, and I don’t know what I want to eat, THESE are what I’m craving. This is a one-dish meal for us at least once every three weeks. In the spirit of honesty, I NEVER use a quarter pound of ground pork . . . .it’s usually double that. I have little will…

Ramen Vegetable Soup

I started my addiction for those 29 cent ramen packets a lonnnnnnng time ago. I tossed the seasoning packet out because of the salt, and started cooking the noodles in chicken broth. Here’s the latest iteration. Best news? Addie shares my Ramen addiction . . . 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 2 cups (1-inch)…

Make Again and Again: Sesame Chicken Peanut Noodles

I have an serious love affair with noodles — especially any kind of Asian noodles, like these for example. I think I could eat these 5 out of 7 nights as well as several times for breakfast because cold noodles are the best! Here you go! Eat ’em up. 1 ½ tablespoons red-pepper flakes 1 ½ tablespoons…