Chili-Garlic Dressing

November 25, 2013

Not sure where this is originally from, but Jessica sent it to me. I suspect it was in the context of quick and easy weeknight meals as a staple to make and have on hand, but no idea. I couldn’t find a link to anything similar online, so I’ve just paraphrased here from “Brenda:”

Chili-Garlic Dressing

Use this dressing over noodles: regular spaghetti, egg noodles, soba, and more. Be careful not to use too thin a noodle – the thin spaghetti soaks up the dressing and gets soggy really quickly. You can also add any type of veggies, shrimp, or meats (especially leftover chicken) for a full meal. Enjoy!

  • 1/4 cup safflower or veggie oil
  • 2.5 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or 4 small dried chilies, chopped)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons minced garlic (or more, to taste)
  • 1 Tablesppon minced ginger
  • 7 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine or sake
  • 1.5 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Combine oils in a non-reactive pan and heat over medium heat until hot.

Carefully add red pepper/chilies, garlic, ginger. Remove pan from heat and let cool until you are able to handle safely. You can also cook slightly to brown the garlic before removing from the heat.

Add remaining ingredients and stir until sugar is fully dissolved.

Sauce keeps refrigerated up to one week.

½ cup minced Onion
3 Tbsp of Tomato Paste
4 Tbsp. Butter
1 Clove minced Garlic
1/4 Cup Dry wine
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
3 Tbsp. Cream
½ Cup Grated Parmesan

Sauté onions in butter over medium heat. Add garlic. Stir in wine, tomato paste and chicken broth. Simmer 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in cream, salt and pepper to taste. Arrange ½” thick slices of San Gennaro Polenta (2-3 slices per serving) in lightly oiled baking dish, spoon over polenta and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes, or microwave 60-90 seconds on high.

Serves 4.

Thanks to San Gennaro Foods

Nearly stepping on a dead rat should have been my first clue. Nevertheless, I blithely soldiered on to the office and another day at work. Wonder what messaging method the universe will use tomorrow?

Besides being as cute as a button, I found the content of this little girl’s video to be important. Elise decides to do an experiment to see how long it takes a sweet potato placed in a glass of water to grow vines.

Time needed to grow vines for conventionally-grown sweet potatoes, sprayed with “Bud-Nip:” Forever. No vines will grow.

Time needed to grow vines for organic sweet potatoes from the supermarket: After a full month, the potatoes yielded a few “wimpy little vines.”

Time needed to grow about a bajillion hearty vines from organic sweet potatoes from a local certified-organic market: Less than a week, and the vines that have grown are close to taking over the kitchen!

Young Elise goes on to explain that Bud-Nip is the commercial name for common herbicide Chlorpropham, and that it works systemically within the plant, so washing produce treated with Bud-Nip has very little effect on reducing the amount of this chemical that one would presumably consume. Bud-Nip is commonly used on conventionally-grown blueberries, carrots, onions, spinach, tomatoes, beets, and cranberries.

I think young Elise says it the best: “Which potato would YOU rather eat?”

Qué tristeza me da… Realmente es una gran pérdida. El único comentario que me sacó una sonrisa fue el man que sugirió que el viejo Joe sacara a Amy Winehouse a bailar salsa… Al menos ninguno de los dos sufre ya de nada.

Sad face. 😦

“Te fuiste a encontrar con TANIA, a formar tu REBELION a otra parte, te fuiste como EL CAMINANTE, ahora eres tú EL AUSENTE, viviste NOCHES DE ARREBOLES, te llevaste tu CARA DE PAYASO, AY PAPÁ .. PAPA… aunque LA NOCHE esté triste, serás siempre el CENTURIÓN DE LA NOCHE, porque FUE TU MIRADA la que se apagó, pero es ese recuerdo el que hace saber que TU VOLVERAS, volverás porque aquí se queda tu JoeSón…”

Su última entrevista, a través de RCN.

via NPR, El Tiempo, RCN , BillboardWiki

This find seemed quite timely, and really funny to boot!

via Cheezburger

Read about our cooking group’s April event: Homemade Thai food at Frank and Damian’s place. Click through to our KTC blog!

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