Val Cooking Again

All about the foods.

Copycat Noodles and Company Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Buttered Noodles in 30 Minutes

You guys... I have been jonesing for buttered noodles for days. And days and days. And I finally hit the end of the grocery week, where it's slim pickings and I need to fill my family with a delicious dish that doesn't compromise in quality, or ingredients. You are going to love this recipe. It works with all staples you have in your house, and is made in under 30 minutes. This is a recipe that I am going to have our 19 year old cook. She...

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...

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...

Garlic Steak Bites

I've always loved steak. I haven't been like "order me a t-bone" or anything, but I LOVE a good steak. Savory, cooked to medium, medium rare (depending on the place) I just cannot help but enjoy a good steak. When I was a teenager my signature thing was "teppenyaki steak" and I would cook that for the family. I thought teppenyaki was so cool as a kid. But since then I can now appreciate good marbling, a nice pink inside, and a delicious fat...

How to Make Leftover Turkey with Gravy

Everyone has the questions the day after Thanksgiving. What am I going to do with this leftover turkey? A likes to eat turkey sandwiches, some nice thick bread, slices of turkey and cranberry sauce... our local deli has a turkey sandwich like this that is available year round. My personal favorite leftover as a child was leftover turkey with gravy that my mom would make every single holiday, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Aside from...

French bread pizzas in under 20 minutes

Do you need a weeknight dinner your family will love to help make? Often time when we get home from work we're scrambling to get dinner on the table. Now, you can assemble toppings in a container the night before! Gather everything you need and have it ready for assembly when you all get home. Start baths, homework and rotate each family member at the pizza station and you'll be multitasking like a pro. These french bread pizzas are a crowd...

Shrimp Alfredo – keto version

I’m baaaacck, sorta. I’ve been in some uninspired vortex so here we go with some new stuff. I’m kinda on the keto wagon, or keto flintstone car or something. I was going for keto shrimp asparagus alfredo but the asparagus was SOGGY. We tried frozen asparagus, won’t try that again. Yikes. Other than this being simply not enough food- it was a crowd pleaser and done in 15 minutes. Win, win!..Sauté 1lb shrimp (that’s seasoned with salt...