Miso Pork Udon Noodles with Asian Pear

Miso Pork Udon Noodles with Asian Pear
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Noodles never fail to bring comfort. From the bowls of chicken noodle I sniffled my way through as a child, to the pho I crave when things don’t go my way, noodles have always been there. And with the world being what it is right now, I’d say we could all collectively use a bowl. So I present these Miso Pork Udon Noodles as a possible contender. What you’re looking at here is lightly braised ground pork, onions, and cabbage tossed with chewy udon noodles coated in a velvety miso-spiked sauce. Naturally, I added a fried egg because when it comes to comfort food, it always pays to put an egg on it.

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Fried Burrata Salad with White Balsamic Dressing

Fried Burrata Salad with White Balsamic Dressing
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I am completely aware of how uncalled for this Fried Burrata Salad is. Burrata is a decadent treat all on its own. So to roll it in potato starch, egg, and panko before deep-frying it is a, um, little much. But we are in the middle of February and Valentine’s Day adjacent, so I’d say a little indulgence is allowed, advisable even. So rather than question the virtuousness of this dish, let’s just make it, enjoy it, and move on with our lives.

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Carbonara Risotto with Oyster Mushrooms

Carbonara Risotto with Oyster Mushrooms
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We’re at the point in winter when I shift from attempting to enjoy the season to attempting to survive it. And how do I survive my most hated of seasons you ask? I let my cravings rule the day and eat my weight in comfort food. Is it healthy? No. Does it feel good? Yes. Will I keep doing it? I think today’s Carbonara Risotto answers that question. But in all seriousness, this is the time to be gentle with yourself. Regardless of what the groundhog had to say, if you live somewhere that has winter there is likely a lot more winter to be had. So I say, find joy where you can during these dark cold months and I found joy in this risotto. So let’s talk about it. It’s a much better topic than Seasonal Affective Disorder anyway.

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Yellow Split Pea Soup with Smoked Ham Hock & Collard Greens

Yellow Split Pea Soup with Ham Hocks and Collard Greens
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Today’s Yellow Split Pea Soup is a riff on a childhood favorite. This soup was a constant in my house growing up and a particular favorite of my dad’s. My rendition is different than the one I grew up with. For one thing, my mother always used green split peas not yellow. But yellow was what was available at my local grocery store and I was feeling mildly adventurous. There are a few other differences that I will discuss in greater detail. But apart from that, this is my childhood in a bowl. And while it may not be the prettiest bowl of soup in the world, it is, in my humble opinion, the most comforting. The bias of nostalgia is real, though, so take my assessment with a grain of salt.

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