Val Cooking Again

All about the foods.

Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

My dad and I used to go shrimping on the weekend. I don't have a ton of memories with my Dad, mainly because he took on the provider role and that was that. So, a fond memory I have with my Dad is us going shrimping and crabbing in Beaufort, South Carolina. Shrimping is an easy thing, a real instant satisfaction kinda thing in comparison to fishing per se. I am not a big fisher. I prefer the sitting aspect versus the actual action of fishing....

How to Cook Ramen Egg (ajitsuke tamago)

One of the things that has stuck with me over my years, is comfort. What foods provide me comfort? Why do they provide me comfort? What senses are intrigued by the food I am eating? And the ajitsuke tamago or the japanese soy sauce eggs are no different. I didn't become truly fascinated with ramen until my adult years. Watching documentaries on ramen noodles, the labor and love that is put into each noodle, the tare, every topping, is so...

What is the best rice?

When I thought of tackling a daunting question like what is the best rice so many thoughts ran through my mind: will you be using a rice cooker? what are you eating?how much time do you have? how many people are you feeding? what cuisine is it? do you like fried, white, red, Spanish, sushi ? See what I mean? I have about a dozen questions before tackling such a daunting idea! So this guide is going to be a labor of love, or love of grains as we...

Sun-dried tomatoes & Spinach Tortelloni

For a while I had been telling A, we should eat more vegetarian. We don't need to eat meat at every meal. Half the time the kids can't agree on a protein- one likes shrimp, one likes chicken, beef is not enjoyed by many, the toddler cannot stand meat unless it's in a nugget form, etc. So I've been making a conscious effort to cook meatless a couple times per week. Oddly enough (well, peculiar to me) is that not one person has complained that...