Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Sausage

Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Sausage

Stuffed pasta is a luxury that I hardly ever get myself into.

And now that I think about it, this is the first time I've ever made stuffed pasta! I made this at the beginning of April on a languid spring-like Thursday evening when I was feeling adventurous enough to actually try piping the filling in the shells rather than spooning it in. A word of advice: don't try piping the filling unless you are sure your sausage and spinach mixture is chopped finally enough. Mine wasn't and I ended up just being exasperated with even trying so I resorted back to a good ol' spoon. 

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Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup

It's taken me a while to realize this, but I do believe wonton soup is my ultimate comfort food.

Having eaten wonton soup my whole life, I took it for granted. It was the soup I had when there was nothing else exciting to eat. It's also one of those foods that I was a little bit embarrassed to admit I ate for breakfast. Or, I'd get a little bit irked about the way people would pronounce it. I've always grown up with the pronunciation as "wunton (like one ton)" but I always hear "wanton". It's both maddening and confusing to hear one of your childhood foods pronounced in a way that is not how you recall it being pronounced. Often times, I doubt myself and think maybe I just have a family that pronounces things weirdly. Now, I've sort of let it go because these soup dumplings are too delicious to have to repeatedly listen to robotic dictionaries phonetically pronounce wontons over and over again.

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Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup

It's that time of year where I could do the following:

  • Reflect on all the instances in which I felt guilty about eating unhealthy foods in 2015.
  • Commit myself to a vigorous exercise routine.
  • Create a detailed plan of what amount of healthy grains, meats, fruits and vegetables to consume at exactly 7 am, 12 pm and 6 pm.
  • Eat a cookie and write this post.
  • Promise myself to eat only delicious food, not to stuff myself, continue to go to hapkido on the weekends, take walks and stretch.

If you guessed that I don't have a New Year's Resolution that revolves around eating healthier, you are correct! I've never been one to make New Year's Resolutions for myself, especially one that revolves around diet. There was a time in my life (hello, freshman year of college!) where I was sadly a little bit too concerned with my body image, eating habits and calories. I blame three things: 1) dorm food, 2) calorie count noted on each food description in the dining commons, and 3) the scale at the gym. I really don't want to know that this one pasta dish is 2500 calories, that that cookie is 500 calories, and that I weigh 3 more pounds than the last time I went to the gym. It's all really self-degrading stuff. As soon as I moved out of the dorms to an off campus apartment where I had to bike 4-8 miles a day and started cooking for myself, all of that went away.   

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