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Snickerdoodle Cookies

I was in the mood to bake. I went to Pinterest to search for cookie recipes. This recipe, care of High Heels and Grills, made the chewiest cookies. They are not too sweet and I definitely plan to use the dough recipe with other kinds of flavoring and toppings in the future. I used about 14 tablespoons of Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread instead of salted butter and baked the cookies a little longer than suggested in the original recipe. I think the secret to baking cookies is always taking them out of the oven when they appear golden but still a little mushy in the center and then allowing them to sit on the pan till they deflate and cool a bit. In my experience, this always results in a chewier, softer cookie. This recipe yielded 40 cookies, which according to my calculations, are about 100 calories per cookie. This was not a difficult recipe to follow and the cookies are delicious. INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup butter, softened (I used 12 tbsp …

Lazy Girl’s Ramen Using Leftover Seasoning Packets

There is actually a ramen museum called the Shin-Yokohama Rāmen Museum, which unfortunately, I did not get to visit while I was in Japan. You may only think of ramen as a quick cheap meal consisting of water, dried noodles, and a sodium rich seasoning packet. However, authentic ramen is complicated to make and there are a lot of different types of ramen bases. Shio Ramen is a salt-based broth. Miso Ramen is a miso-based broth. Tonkotsu Ramen is a pork bone-based broth and Shoyu Ramen is a soy sauce-based broth. Each broth also calls for certain toppings. I wanted a homemade ramen recipe and every one that I found was really complicated. Also, I am kind of lazy. Then I remembered, I have a big bag of instant ramen seasoning packets in the cabinet. The reason I have a lot of ramen seasoning packets is because when my husband makes instant ramen, he makes two packages, strains the noodles, adds butter, and sprinkles one of the two seasoning packets on top. Thinking someone on …

Hirekatsu- Japanese Fried Pork Fillets

This is Hirekatsu, which is deep fried pork fillets. This is a modified recipe from the Chopstick Chronicles. I have never fried pork fillets before but my husband really likes fried foods so I thought I would give it a try. However, he does not like cabbage so instead of shredded cabbage we ate sticky rice. I could not find the Kewpie mayonnaise so I did without and the breading stayed intact quite well.   I could not find all the ingredients for the sauce the Chopstick Chronicles used so I searched the internet looking for a sauce using miso paste. I found one on All Recipes and modified it a little bit. It kind of tasted like gravy which I liked but my husband opted to dip his hirekatsu in a mix of soy sauce and wasabi. Ingredients Pork Fillet (sliced) 2 eggs 1 cup Flour 2 cups Japanese Panko Crumbs Vegetable Oil Directions Cut the pork fillet it even-sized slices. Set out three bowls, one for flour, one for egg, and one for …