Tomato Soup with Tortellini and Mushrooms

This meal is one of those Trader Joe’s hacks.  Or one of those [insert grocery store name here] hacks, for that matter.  Simply heat up some creamy tomato soup on the stove.  While that’s warming, cook up some tortellini.  While both of those are getting ready, saute some sliced button mushrooms in a separate pan. Once…

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Momosan

In a true first, my neighborhood has a restaurant that doesn’t take reservations, resulting in a line of cool people awaiting a table.  That’s usually what happens in the hip downtown areas of Manhattan.  But now that Momosan Ramen has opened, there are hoards of youngsters waiting to get a bowl of noodles.  Look at Murray Hill gettin all…

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White Chicken Chili

I was supposed to have a board meeting last Tuesday evening and didn’t want to get home late and then start fussing over supper.  Instead, I planned a crock pot meal that would be ready to eat the moment I walked in the door.  I picked a white chicken chili recipe because it was evocative of…

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Flying Monk

Flying Monk (not The Flying Monkey, as I have been referring to it for the last year) is packed every time I pass by while strolling Broughton Street when I’m home.  Ramen is the hot thing in NYC, but this restaurant serves noodle soups from all across Asia.  Perhaps that makes it less authentic; it does…

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Tomato Soup with Chimichurri Rice and Sausage

I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s demos.  All they ever do is take two of their products that aren’t supposed to go together and show you that, yes, they are perfect together.  I don’t know who thinks up these combos – probably a stoner stock boy – but they are almost always great and…

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Ivan Ramen

Ivan of Ivan Ramen is a Jewish guy from Long Island who moved to Japan after college (it was what he had studied) and while there decided to open up a ramen shop.  I’m not sure why he thought he could go toe-to-toe with actual Japanese chefs in a niche cuisine that is so true to their…

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