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Hide-Chan Ramen Noodle Joint

Last night’s dinner was not cooked by me! Chef John and I went to one of my favorite ramen noodle joints in NYC, Hide-Chan. Ramen joints are popping up everywhere in NYC, but a lot are mediocre; this one is NOT. It is incredible, and I highly recommend it (my #1 favorite noodle joint is Ippudo, but it inevitably will have a two hour wait). If all you know about ramen is college (or perhaps even current) memories of pouring hot water in a styrofoam bowl, then prepare to have your mind blown!
At Hide-Chan there are only a few menu items, and all soups are made with a pork broth. I ordered the Hakata Kuro Ramen, served with inky ma-yu roasted garlic oil that coated everything black (think squid ink). The incredible smells are oozing out of this bowl which also included green onions, tree ears, seaweed and tender pork slices. I of course added the spicy oil because that is how we roll at NummyNumNum. Everything in this soup works, the textures, flavors, smells all amazingly perfect. Seeing as it is FREEZING here, this was the perfect Wednesday night meal. We also got the pork buns, which are not the best I have had but still does the trick! To be honest, I have never met a pork bun I didn’t like. Roasted pork, soft bun bread and mayo? Seriously you just can’t mess that up. An item I noticed this time around was raw octopus in a spicy wasabi sauce. It was fresh, crunchy, refreshing and a perfect way to start this meal. As always, you have to order a big mug of Kirin because it pairs perfectly with this hearty Japanese comfort food.   -ts

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Fried Green Tomato Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing

Though spring is taking way too long to get here, we thought we’d tee up this spicy/sweet Southern treat for you so that you’ll be ready when the unparalleled Ripley tomatoes finally appear at your local farmers market. This is a great spin on classic FGT, and any self-respecting Southern lady simply must know how to fry one.
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On a related note, I would be remiss if I did not include a quote from the movie of the same name that Dunny so expertly worked into an e-mail the other day: “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” Ouiser Boudreaux (and for that matter Sara Dunigan), you are a woman after my own heart.
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Fried Green Tomatoes
3 green tomatoes
1/2 cup AP flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
1/4 milk
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/3 vegetable oil
1 tsp pf salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
large pinch of chili powder
mixed greens for salad
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  1. Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Season both side with salt, pepper and chili powder and let sit while you prepare dressing.
  2. Make dressing and prep the the breading bowls. You will need 3 bowls with the following:
    1. seasoned flour
    2. milk and eggs mixed and
    3. panko
  3. Heat a large skillet with oil over medium high heat.
  4. Dip tomato slices in flour, then egg/milk mixture, then panko.
  5. Fry slices in skillet 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Dress and serve on top of salad greens.
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Sweet Chili Dressing
2 tbl bottled sweet chili sauce (The Chef likes Mae Ploy)
2 tbl ketchup
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbl sugar
2 tbl water
2 tbl lime juice
2 tsp chopped cilantro leaves
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  1. Mix all ingredients together and dress those ‘maters.

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Thai Lemon Chili Shrimp- Goong Maa Now

Last night’s dinner…Asian SCRIMPS!  This may have been the easiest quickest recipe ever; start to finish including marinating time was about 20 minutes.  Next time I think I will make my own sweet chili sauce, but this time around I just used the pre-made stuff.  If you can’t find kaffir lime leaves lime zest is ok. I served this with summer rolls and lemon herb quinoa on the side to be healthy.

I think serving with a fresh baguette to soak up the sauce would be ideal.  Back to the shrimp tails debate from this post, I am all about keeping the tails.  Good looking food always tastes better.  Oh and chef Katie, get on this recipe because you will love. -ts

1 pound shrimp shelled and deveined
1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
1 lemon- juice and zest
3 kaffir lime leaves sliced, substitute 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 teaspoon chili sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
3 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¼- 1/3 cup coconut milk
Siracha (optional as this is spicy on its own)
1/4 cup cilantro chopped for garnish

  1. Marinate the shrimp in the sweet chili sauce, lemon juice, lemon zest, kaffir lime leaves, chili sauce, fish sauce, garlic and sugar for 10 or more minutes.
  2. Heat a pan.
  3. Add the shrimp, the marinade, siracha (if using) and the coconut milk and simmer (not boil) until the shrimp are cooked, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and mix in the cilantro.

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Jalapeno Cornbread

I am probably out of my element in posting this recipe as I am sure The Chef or RipleyPickles have a version passed down from their great great grandmother’s junior league club.  However growing up in Memphis and having lived in NOLA, I know my cornbread.  This recipe has been adapted from Michael Rulhman and is fool proof. Here at NummyNumNum we like our food spicy, but if you are, in Chef Charlie’s words, a “PWEEF” then feel free to hold back on the jalapenos.  If you like your cornbread real sweet, then add more sugar.  My tip: coat your skillet with bacon drippings before adding batter. –ts

About 1/3 cup flour
1 heaping cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch/teaspoon salt
3-4 tablespoons sugar
8 ounces  milk
2 large eggs
4 ounces butter, melted but cool
1-3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift and combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Whisk together milk and eggs then add the butter, whisking. 
  2. Stir together wet and dry ingredients until well incorporated, stir in the jalapenos. 
  3. Pour batter into a buttered or oiled loaf pan (or vessel of your choice, I recommend cast iron skillet) and bake about 25-30 minutes.  You don’t want these too dry, but also not too wet.  Unfortunately this is not a spoon cornbread recipe, but if you have a good one please pass along!

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BB’s Tortilla Soup

Despite The Chef’s unfortunate aversion to making standard, run-of-the-mill soups, I whined enough to finally get him to make me some tortilla. And it was anything but standard. I even got his brother-in-law JR to back me up on the fabulosity of this, so maybe that will give me some leverage when I beg him to make it again.

2 tsp vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 jalapenos, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 can of chopped green chilies
2.5 cans of diced tomatoes
1 tbsp of chili powder
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 quart of chicken stock
3 cups of shredded cooked chicken
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add all of veggies except tomatoes.  Cook until soft and caramelized (this is the most important part of making this soup right).
  2. Then add tomatoes, stock, chili powder, and cumin.  Simmer for about an hour.
  3. Then add chicken, heat through, and serve. Garnish with fried tortilla strips, chopped cilantro, a squirt of a lime, and sliced avocados.

I also dose this up with some shredded Mexi cheese, but that’s your judgment call to make. The Chef’s Mexican Crema would also be a welcome addition. This soup becomes even nummier after a few days, so make enough to munch on all week.

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Seven Layer Dip

I thought this recipe was a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people ask what the actual seven layers are in Seven Layer Dip. So here ya go.

The secret is using picante sauce where so many people use salsa because it gives you just enough zing to cut through the creaminess.
(It’s also technically 8 layers if you include the tomatoes on the top, but it will be so good that no one will complain.) Now go getcho chips and enjoy.

2 15 oz cans refried beans with green chiles
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups guacamole
picante sauce (medium or hot), enough to cover the guac layer
2 cups shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheese
4 green onions, chopped
4 oz can sliced black olives
3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
Fritos or Scoops

  1. If you want to serve the dip hot, preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Mix mayo and sour cream together.
  3. Layer ingredients in order, starting with beans and ending olives.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, top with tomatoes and serve. Or, if you’re of the more impatient variety or you prefer this cold, add tomatoes, sit and chow.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

I know the Chef is the expert in Indian Food, and I cannot wait for him to share more recipes.  However, this recipe is incredible.  I have made it about 3 or 4 times, and every time I am amazed at how tasty it is.  This recipe comes from Grace Parisi, and the spicy tomato creamy sauce is addictive.  The more cayenne pepper the better!  The chicken needs to marinate overnight, so plan accordingly. -ts

MASALA MARINADE
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Salt and freshly ground pepper

CHICKEN
2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala (any ethinic grocery will have this)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure chile powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
One 35-ounce can peeled tomatoes, finely chopped, juices reserved
Pinch of sugar
1 cup heavy cream

  1. MAKE THE MASALA MARINADE: In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cayenne and turmeric. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. PREPARE THE CHICKEN: Using a sharp knife, make a few shallow slashes in each piece of chicken. Add the chicken to the marinade, turn to coat and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat the broiler and position a rack about 8 inches from the heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade; scrape off as much of the marinade as possible. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and spread the pieces on a baking sheet. Broil the chicken, turning once or twice, until just cooked through and browned in spots, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut it into 2-inch pieces.
  4. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat  2 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garam masala, chile powder and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with their juices and the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Cover partially and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Add the cream and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes longer. Stir in the chicken; simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, and serve.
  5. Serve With steamed basmati rice, rice pilaf or warm nan.

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