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UDON

We tried a new Udon cafe in town.  It was good.  Yes, faint praise.  It was fine.  So Dad came home and read up on it.  Morimoto's recipe was FANTASTIC.  I simplified it and added some variety.  This is a quick version that is just right for 2-3 servings, depending on how hungry you are.  We ate it with a fresh sushi roll and some seaweed salad one night.  The next time, we just chowed down on a big bowl with some sushi ginger and a mochi or two as dessert.
You will likely need to go to an Asian market (or order online) for some of the ingredients.
But if not, Usukuchi is recommended since it is a soy sauce with more intense flavor and a lot more salt, but I think if you use regular soy sauce and add salt, you may still get the depth of flavor in the broth you need.
Bonito soup stock is basically fish bouillon so you might find it at the local store.  It may come in cubes instead of powder.  Don't worry, it smells like fish when you open the jar but the Udon doesn't have a…

Mexetti Squash

So I wanted to use the spaghetti squash but I wasn't in the mood for the usual Italian meatball pseudo-spaghetti. I also wanted something just as quick and easy so I browsed around on the internet and got an idea to use Mexican flavors. Here is what I served everyone tonight so we can remember it. There are no real measurements since every squash is a different size.

Cut a spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds.
In a microwaveable dish, place one half skin side down so it can be filled with:

cooked, cut up chicken
diced Hatch chiles
zucchini, chopped finely
red bell pepper, chopped finely
onion, chopped finely OR onion powder sprinkled on top

Sprinkle it all with a little salt, pepper and cumin
and shredded Jack, Manchego or other cheese
Pour some enchilada sauce over it all.
Add some heat with salsa, chile powder or whatever you like or not.
Cover and cook-
I microwaved a large half for about 15 minutes
The smaller half only took 10 minutes.

I served it with oranges.  It was ju…

Rainy day Farro with chicken

This tasted really good on this cold and rainy March evening.  I still had Farro (an Italian wheat cousin with more nutrition than brown rice) in the cupboard so I searched around for farro recipes and came up with this version. Your dad wants to eat it again (and me, too) so here it goes down on record.  I didn't really measure the ingredients so I will do my best to come up with good estimates.

Sprinkle generously
1/2 - 1lb cooked chicken in large chunks (off a rotisserie chicken works well)
with oregano, salt and pepper
and drizzle about 1 Tb apple cider vinegar & ! Tb canola oil over it & set aside.
I think warming it a bit will help the flavor soak in the chicken but it isn't necessary.

Sauté
1 large colored bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 med onion, chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
until glossy and softened
Add in
1 1/2 c uncooked Farro, rinsed
2 1/2 c chicken broth
1/2 t cumin powder
1/4 c sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
drizzle some of the oil, too.
and the chicken from abov…