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This 10-minute meal of scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, cheese and hot sauce with a generous sprinkle of cilantro works equally well for breakfast or dinner. Which may be why we can’t stop making it.

Peppers and Onions Scrambled Eggs | Umami Girl

Here’s something I probably shouldn’t put in writing: One day a couple of weeks ago, our tween daughter had a helluva cough and plowed through a whole bag of mentholated cough drops in one day. By that night she was MUCH more giggly than usual, especially for someone not feeling so well. “I think I’m high on cough drops!” she said, laughing and dancing around the kitchen. We all thought it was pretty funny and didn’t make a big deal out of it. I didn’t even Google whether it was possible to be high on mentholated cough drops.

The next morning she slept really late, and when she woke up she asked for a big plate of eggs with peppers and onions and cheese and hot sauce. In other words, hangover food.

Whoops!  (more…)

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Before we start, I just need you to know something. My obsession with Wegmans goes back as far as a Jersey girl’s obsession could go. They opened their first NJ store in the late 1990s, and even though we were college-aged, i.e. the least likely of all possible ages to be really into grocery stores, my friend Marshall realized immediately that Wegmans was the best place ever.

Marshall is a true genius in more ways than one, including having made a high-profile career out of identifying all the best new things. (I kvell.) Let’s just say I’m glad about the way things have shaken out: the Tamagotchis of the same era seem to have come and gone, the band Hanson is still available to listen to nostalgically on demand, and Wegmans continues to grow while keeping it real. As I mentioned yesterday, it’s a complicated time to be American, but honestly all I need is a quick stroll through the prepared foods section at Wegmans to remember we’re the luckiest people on earth.

Okay, whew, just had to get that off my chest. (more…)

It took me too long to start cooking this easy Pad Thai recipe on any kind of regular basis. I have lots of excuses, but you won’t need any of them. 

Easy Pad Thai Recipe | Umami Girl

At the risk of putting too much pressure on a simple takeout dish, Pad Thai is my barometer for some pretty important things. (Okay, let me just stop and say that I did not intend to make that pun, but I’m really very happy with it.) In my 20s I ate plenty of good NYC-area restaurant Pad Thai, but my attempts to make it at home were not all that successful.

Why, what were you doing with your spare time in your 20s?

I can’t remember for sure, but think it was hard to get my hands on at least one of the following: tamarind paste, a decent gas burner for stir-frying, the confidence to cook the comfort food of a culture I don’t know all that well.  (more…)

Chickpea Noodle Soup: Vegan Comfort Food | Umami Girl

Hello and happy St. Paddy’s Day to you. If you’re looking for a tasty vegetarian spin on Irish food, hop on over here to one of my favorite recipes. But if you’re here for simple comfort food that’s ready in a flash, read on. Quick, healthy comfort food is some of the best food there is. I doubt you’d find a lot of disagreement there. Yet vegan comfort food can get complicated. A million ingredients. A zillion steps. Comforting food shouldn’t come with a harrowing process. Chickpea noodle soup is vegan comfort food without a hint of hassle. It’s quick and easy and satisfying, and I highly recommend it.

Chickpea Noodle Soup: Vegan Comfort Food | Umami Girl

I couldn’t tell you exactly why my NJ thermostat has been hovering in the mid-20s — and I don’t mean Celsius — for this past mid-March week. (I hear spring is supposed to start in three days, ahem.) But I can tell you exactly what would make a good dinner in the meantime. Any guesses?  (more…)

Prosciutto Arugula Pizza with Balsamic Drizzle | Umami Girl

Ages ago I wrote a little essay about our visit to Primo restaurant in Rockland, Maine. Primo was pretty new at the time, as was the farm-to-table restaurant movement, if you can believe that. We loved that place so much. It was a revelation for us at that moment, and I went on to get a lot of satisfaction from watching the rest of the country have a similar revelation in the few years after.

Our meal at Primo began with a perfect prosciutto arugula pizza that I’ve thought about virtually every day since. (BTW that’s all you’ll ever need to know about me — I think about long-lost pizzas every day, and until my late 30s I could start a meal with half a pie.) Of course I wasn’t organized enough in those days of new blogginess and babies everywhere to have shared a recipe for the actual prosciutto arugula pizza in that post. But guess what? Eight years later, I totally am.  (more…)


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