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Sweet & Savory Asian-style Pulled Pork

Asian Pulled Pork

Sweet & Savory Asian-Style Pulled Pork Serves 8 Inspired by Dessert Before Dinner Dry Rub Ingredients: ½-Tablespoon Chinese Five Spice – $2.26 Generous amount of freshly ground black pepper – stock ½-Tablespoon kosher salt – stock ½-Tablespoon packed brown sugar – stock 1 teaspoon ground ginger – stock 5lb bone-in pork shoulder – $10.51 Ingredients[…]

Cold Sesame Noodles

Cold Sesame Noodles

Cold Sesame Noodles Serves 2 to 3 Adapted from Saveur Ingredients: ½ lb whole wheat spaghetti, cooked al dente, according to package directions (soba noodles also work, but I find they have a slightly bitter after-taste that’s distracting) – $2.19 4 Tablespoons sesame oil, divided – stock 2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce – stock 1[…]

Hoisin Chicken

Hoisin Chicken

Hoisin Chicken Serves 8 Ingredients: 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½-inch cubes – $5.98 ¼ cup cooking sherry – stock 2 Tablespoons corn starch – stock 1 Teaspoon salt – salt ½ Teaspoon sugar – stock 4 Tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil – stock 1 cup sliced mushrooms – $1.98 1 green[…]

Thai Lettuce Wraps

Thai Lettuce

Mariel here. This is probably one of the most summer-friendly dinners out there. While it requires a good deal of chopping – not my favorite pastime – it’s totally worth the somewhat annoying prep. And cooking takes about 7 minutes which is always a good thing when you live in a tiny apartment that gets[…]

Veggie Soba Noodles

veg-soba-noodles

Mary Anne here. I used authentic Yakisoba Noodles for this recipe and I served these delicious noodles alongside a Thai Spinach and Mango Salad, and Miso Cod. Yakisoba noodles cost 1.99/8 oz. package, but you can certainly use regular pasta like Vermicelli or thick spaghetti to cut costs even further! This was a particularly rewarding[…]

Fried Rice with Shrimp and Pancetta

fried-rice

Serves 6 Mary Anne here. This reheats beautifully for leftovers, although my host scarfed it down before anyone else could! Ingredients: 3 Tablespoons Peanut oil, divided – $4.49 3 large eggs, lightly beaten – from stock 1/3 lb. Pancetta, trimmed and diced (from one chunk) – $3.60 1 cup scallions, diced (including green tops) – $.45 *Plus 1 or 2 extra[…]

Thai Spinach Salad with Mango & Avocado

thai-salad

Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 8oz. bag organic baby spinach  – $3.99 1 large, ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into thin slices – $1.50 2 ripe Haas avocados, halved, pitted, and sliced  – $2.58 ½ red bell pepper, julienned (narrow slices)  – $0.39 3 Tablespoons dry roasted peanuts, chopped – $2.49 *Note: See Mango Salsa and Guacamole recipes for how[…]

Well-Stocked, The Asian Edition

Mary Anne here. Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend time with close friends at their cozy lakefront cabin in Pennsylvania. Under normal circumstances, as a guest, I would have shown my appreciation by treating my hosts to dinner at a lovely restaurant. But given the state of my own economy, I instead offered[…]