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Pasta with Scallops and Seared Fennel: Monday, December 12, 2022

Pasta with Scallops and Seared Fennel: Monday, December 12, 2022

Pasta with Scallops (not to be confused with Scalloped Pasta which would basically be mac ‘n’ cheese) is on the menu tonight.

You’ll appreciate the lovely flavors of this seafood pasta. Small scallops (or bay scallops) are paired with seared fennel and green peas. The pasta dish gets a little motherly love, as it’s tossed with a lemony Aglio e Olio sauce.

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Hot ‘n’ Sour Kale Stir-Fry

Hot ‘n’ Sour Kale Stir-Fry

This kale dish is based on a favorite Hot n’ Sour Soup from a Seattle restaurant.  Tonight we skip the soup part and add more vegetables…in this case, kale. This cozy, comfort-food version of stir-fry combines hot, savory, sweet and sour flavors with lots of texture.

Hint: Quick-cook some rice this morning. Simply place 1 C. brown rice and 2-1/4 C. water on the stovetop and bring to a hard boil.  Turn off burner, let the boil settle a little, cover and leave sitting on the burner for the day.  You’ll have perfect rice waiting as you start fixing dinner tonight.

If using homemade marinated grilled tofu and if needed, make Marinated Grilled Tofu (Extra Recipe Info.) during the day today.  You’ll need to thaw some frozen, ultra-firm tofu this AM.

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Soft Shell Tacos, Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Soft Shell Tacos, Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The taco probably originated in the Los Angeles area in the 18th century and was introduced by Mexican immigrants.  The original probably featured chicken, beef or pork as a filling.  The seasoned ground meat taco came along later and that’s what’s on tonight’s menu.

The original version was also served with corn tortillas.  Using a flour tortilla makes it an “American” taco.  Regardless of how they’re served, tacos are a mainstream favorite food.

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