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October 18, 2010

Miso Salmon with Soba and Spring Onions

Weeknight meals are awfully quick around here.  As fast as I can bring a pot of water to a boil and cook some Japanese noodles (about five minutes), dinner is more or less served. 

Start thinking about beefing up the East Asian section your spice cabinet (that may already contain some soy sauce) to also include a bit of miso, a small bottle of fish sauce and some mirin (a rice wine).  If you’ve got these three elixirs at the ready, a salmon dinner for three can be yours for under 10 bucks and on the table in under 15 minutes.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Heat a wok on high heat.  Add in a tablespoon of vegetable oil, a dash of sesame oil,  a heaping teaspoon of miso,

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October 18, 2010

Persephone’s Drinks Cabinet: Brothers Drake Mead

Saturday Hades and I went to a preview tasting of the fall releases from Brothers Drake Meadery.  I was a novice to mead, having only equated it with Vikings downing huge mugs after a well-executed pillaging. 

The Drake brothers (Woody and Eric) brought me up to speed on its history as well as its production.  This is a local beverage!  As you know, Persephone loves local.  Basic mead is three pristine ingredients: honey, yeast and spring water.  So essentially, as the boys taught me, you could make it at home.  You could.  But why bother if you’ve got some

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