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Dinner, some assembly required

June 6, 2009

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My boyfriend Quincy and I just moved to Philadelphia and are settling into our new apartment. We’re slowly emerging from the cardboard debris of our most recent IKEA trip, hanging art on the walls, and turning our baby kitchen into something a bit more workable. With a limited arsenal of cookware, and even less food in our pantry, we’re turning to some of our old favorites in the way of dinner recipes. The meal pictured above, made possible by Trader Joe’s, is not even a recipe–like our shiny new IKEA furniture, this meal could be described as “some assembly required.” Here’s the break down:

1) Frozen edamame: Cooked according to package instruction and sprinkled with sea salt.

2) Frozen Dumplings (we used Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza): I generally nuke these in the microwave for two or three minutes before crisping them up in a hot pan, lined generously with canola oil and a few drops of toasted sesame oil.

3) Sauteed Red Cabbage: Heat some canola oil in a saute pan or wok and add a clove or two of minced garlic and 1 thinly sliced red onion. Saute briefly before adding a half a head of red cabbage, thinly sliced. Cook, stirring frequently, until the cabbage is almost tender–a tiny bit of crunch is ideal. Toss in a tbsp. or two of sesame seeds, soy sauce, a dash of toasted sesame oil and some sriracha sauce, if you like it hot. Remove from heat and serve immediately.  This is also a great leftover, eaten cold or rolled up in rice wraps with cooked chicken or shrimp.

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