I met someone a month or two ago.
It’s getting pretty serious, so I think I’m ready to introduce you to my new love:
Sesame oil is one of those ingredients that, when I see it in a recipe, makes me think, “Well, forget it. Sesame oil! Too expensive, too exotic, too hard to find in Litchfield, Minnesota.”
But guess what, friends? None of those things are true! I mean, okay, it’s a little expensive, but after I bought it at the Natural Foods Co-Op in Litchfield, I spotted it right in the regular grocery store. Who knew?
I bought it for that carrot and broccoli salad I served to my book club a while back. Then, I splashed a little bit on my ramen noodles at lunchtime (don’t judge). And then, I found this recipe in the Pioneer Woman cookbook I got from the library: simple sesame noodles.
Since I already had every ingredient except the rice vinegar (another ingredient that, it turns out, I can absolutely buy at my little grocery store) and the hot chili oil (for which I substituted my best hot sauce, to no ill effect), I made these lovelies Tuesday night.
Oh, my friends. They truly are so, so easy, and so, so tasty. I enjoyed them piping hot for supper and delightfully cold for lunch. I will make them again. Soon. Next time, I think I will do a whole pound of pasta, since it was a little too saucy / oily for our taste. And maybe I will make some tofu to go with it. Otherwise: perfect. Zoe even ate some, which is something of a miracle in these days of hot dogs and mac and cheese and pizza and toast.
Blogging bonus: checking out the Pioneer Woman website to see if it had this recipe led me to discover several other simple, presumably delicious menu options for next week!
Sometimes, it’s the little things.
What small or large pleasures are lighting up your week?