Scallion-Ginger Chicken Soup with Fresh Noodles

Scallion-Ginger Chicken Soup with Fresh Noodles

I had a suspicion that when I made fresh pasta/noodles for the first time, I would likely get addicted to the process.

It is incredibly satisfying knowing that all it takes is flour, a liquid like eggs or water, time and a pasta machine to make fresh pasta/noodles from scratch. So here is my encouraging nudge to dust off a pasta machine you may have tucked away in your pantry and bring it out for the sake of trying something new!

I’ve been meaning eyeing the Scallion-Ginger Chicken Soup from Cynthia’s new cookbook, A Common Table, for several months now, and the rainy weather the past few weeks was all I needed to make this comforting soup. I like recipes that are simple, with very few ingredients, but have great flavor, and this soup is that type of recipe. Cynthia’s recipe boils dumplings or pieces of dough in the hot soup. I recommended this recipe to my sister, Kristen, and she said she switched out the dumplings for soup noodles. I knew I would like noodles better, so I decided it was finally time to try using a pasta machine for the first time.

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Summer Corn Chowder

Summer Corn Chowder

We've hit the point in summer where I feel a mixture of amazement at how fast it's gone mixed in with a longing for fall and the realization that it will still feel like summer until October.

So, with that, I've made soup. A soup filled with the vegetables of summer, the creaminess of fall and topped with bacon and croutons just because they add a nice flavor and texture. It's filled with summer produce but with an ode of fall to come. 

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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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Cauliflower Soup with Croutons

Cauliflower Soup with Croutons

Sometimes I feel like my spirit animal is a duck.

There's an amusing line from one of my favorite radio shows, Cabin Pressure where one of the main characters Martin Crieff nervously describes himself as so:

"I'm paddling like hell on top, but I'm very calm underneath...Oh no. On no! I mean, I-I'm like a capsized duck."

Let's pretend that Martin intended to describe himself as a swimming duck; one that's calm on top but frantically paddling underneath. That's me. Incredibly calm on the outside but on the inside it can sometimes be like a drastic scene where all of the feelings from Inside Out are running around in a frenzy.  

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Mini Meatball Soup

Mini Meatball Soup

I have this weird obsession for mini things.

I internally freak out whenever I see miniature kitchen supplies (even though I know they are sometimes a bit pointless), miniature foods, miniature plants, miniature paper goods, miniature ceramics and the list goes on. This is so much so that for one Christmas my sister Kristen gave me a set of ramekins because every time we would browse inside a kitchen store I would point them out and go ga-ga at how cute they were.

So naturally, when I made this meatball soup, the pasta and the meatballs had to be bite-sized and miniature. None of this extra-large stuff like the meatballs that are served at Buca di Beppo. If given the choice, I'd rather have 10 mini meatballs than 1 large one the size of a tennis ball. 

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