Walnut Miso Soba

April 8, 2009

By Veronica Chan

Fluctuating temperatures and unexpected bouts of winter precipitation has made for a slow start for the Spring season here in New York.  My mounting anticipation for temperate weather, winter coat-free wardrobes, and light spring meals served as inspiration for dinner last night.  My friend Ellen, a devout vegetarian and healthful cook, came over to help prepare a walnut miso noodle recipe that I found on 101cookbooks.com.  Packed with umami, the miso harmoniously blended with the garlic and walnuts to create a flavorful, creamy dressing for the soba noodles.  The dressing also can double as a veggie dip; Ellen used it as dip for extra slices of cucumber we had left over.  Paired with a warm cup of Genmaicha Tea (Japanese matcha green tea with brown rice), we sat on the couch and enjoyed our TV dinner.

walnut miso soba

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Farmers Market

April 29, 2008

By Wendy Chan

Spring is finally here, and soon the farm stalls will sprout in green markets everywhere including one right on the block where I now live. [It is part of the reason why I chose to live here!] My anticipation of the abundance of fresh produce is making me eagerly search through my recipe files. Just thinking about delicious heirloom tomatoes, super sweet white corn on the ear, glorious finger potatoes, flavorful Swiss chard and gorgeous summer peaches makes me hungry. I can’t wait to touch and smell these farm-fresh ingredients which regularly inspire me what to cook for dinner.
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