Delicious Ramen From Scratch

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Having successfully and single-handedly dispelled the myth that college students live off of ramen, I have a confession to make: I straight up love ramen. I haven’t had any store-bought noodles for a long while because they’re really not healthy, but they’re so warm and salty it’s hard to resist.

So, naturally, I have been looking for homemade ramen recipes to replace the prepackaged stuff while still getting my noodle fix. After months of searching and many failed attempts, I have finally found it. 

Dear 10 recipes for beginner cooks,

More American than apple pie. Flickr/caitlinator

More American than apple pie. Flickr/caitlinator

The other half of being an everyday gourmand is cooking. If you’re like me, cooking isn’t your strongest skill. So I found it a bit frightening as I was getting started on my food adventure.

Many of the prolific home cooks I know spent years cooking with family or friends, picking up little tips and tricks to make each dish just a little more delicious, a little more special. Already, they have a leg up. Plus, I felt pressure to invest in the specialized tools to make the food look beautiful (cupcakes, looking at you!). I sometimes crack under the desire of beautiful presentation! Next thing you know, I’ve totally talked myself out of cooking something.

Dear Food Logo

Dear new cooking adventure,

At a certain point in time, I decided it wasn’t worth dying of thirst at a baseball game because I didn’t want to spend $4 on a bottle of water. I decided eating ramen ahead of time so I could save the $6 I would have spent on hot dogs wasn’t a life I wanted to lead. While making food the source of official splurging meant tons of fun, delicious and happy adventures, it also meant an expanding waistline and thinning wallet.

I don’t regret a single meal, but it’s time to change. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have delectable food fun and be more conscious at the same time.

And here’s my problem: I just couldn’t savor life dictated by a gluten-free, paleo, vegetable-and-protein-ridden diet. While those diets are smart, scientific and perfect for a lot of people, I think my life is too short not to eat butter. And salt. And sugar. And french fries.

So I’m compromising.

I have a cook book called The New Persian Kitchen. And I’ve gone as far as drooling over the gorgeous pictures and smiling at the memories of family dinners that they evoke but I haven’t taken the big step of trying it out. Starting this week, I’m staying in. No more eating out. And instead, you’re invited to dinner at my house. It won’t always be perfect, but it’ll be fun.

Come over and try something new, while I learn more about my roots by finally cooking the food of my heritage (a sort of Julie and Julia exploration, if you will).

Love,
A

Dear pumpkin spoon bread,

Pumpkin spoon bread from Bon Appetit

Pumpkin spoon bread from Bon Appetit

It’s November aka pumpkin season. I went out on a limb and tried my hand at this pumpkin spoon bread. It was weirdly good. I guess I anticipated more sweetness – for some weird reason – but the spices are a really nice complement to mulled wine or hot apple cider.

Thanks pumpkin spoon bread! Next time, I’m taking you to a Thanksgiving feast.

Love,
A