List: Go-To Recipes

Happy Ground Hog Day!

Here's a list of the five+one go-to recipes I like to make when I hit the lull in the middle of the week - they might be in the list because they're easy, or fun, or comfort food. Either way, I think they're all tasty, and they're listed in no particular order.

  1. Cacio e Pepe (Pasta with Pepper and cheese) - Magic in a pan, this recipe is quick, easy, and illustrates the magic that can be accomplished with starchy pasta-water.
  2. Roasted Tofu and Asparagus - the original recipe uses a soy-miso-orange dressing, but I've also made this with a ginger balsamic vinaigrette, and I've used other veg. like broccoli since Asparagus has a narrow growing season.
  3. Bun Ga Nuong - Vietnamese noodle salad with chicken. Quick, simple, refreshing.
  4. Pizza - homemade with dough purchased from Trader Joe's, or made with this fast recipe (I toss in a few tsps of bread-dipping seasonings like tomato-basil or garlic and cheese if making it myself). Top with whatever's in the fridge.
  5. Brats and mustard-caraway-sauerkraut - for the recipe page, just focus on the sauerkraut recipe. I add julienned apples (pref Granny Smith) when Matt's not looking. Cook the brats however you prefer - I like searing, then finishing in beer, personally.


BONUS RECIPE: Mussels - Proven├žal style, saute onion until soft in olive oil, add garlic and fresh thyme (can leave whole) for last 1-2 minutes. Add 1 can of tomatoes, drained. Cook 2-3 minutes. Add 1 c white wine, (or half wine, water), bring to boil, add cleaned mussels. Remove when done, jack up the heat, reduce the sauce by 1/2-1/3. Add a few pats of butter, swirl, to make the broth glossy. Taste, adjust salt, serve with bread.


  1. The Bun Ga Nuong looks interesting. There's a dish I'd like to try.

  2. Yummers, all these sound good, and it's only 9:37 in the morning. When's dinner? ;o)