Dan Dan Noodles

This post has me holding up a sign that says, “Will work for peanut-based noodle dishes.”

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It’s no secret I love noodles/pasta and this dish has been on my “to make” list. Dan Dan Noodles translates as “noodles carried on a pole” or “peddler’s noodles”. There are many versions of these noodles and I finally decided on Joanne Chang’s version. She is the owner of Flour Bakery + Café in Boston and also has written a cookbook “Myers+Chang At Home”. This recipe was not in her cookbook but came to me via email from Food & Wine.

dsc_1863These noodles are one of the most famous of Sichuan street foods. The egg noodles are served in a savory, spicy broth made with chili oil topped with crispy pork and peanut flakes and then it’s all stirred together. Simple but with a numbing, smoky and spicy sauce.

The version I made is by no means the traditional Dan Dan Noodles from Chinese Sichuan cuisine as…

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Herb – a cook’s companion: cookbook review — My Custard Pie

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Magic Bites (Kate Daniels Book 1) by Ilona Andrews – Two-Minute Video Book Review

This is the first book in one of my favorite series. Reading Ilona Andrews and their title character, Kate Daniels, has inspired me to be a better writer and reader. Learning to write better should always be this fun.

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#Gluten-Free #Pumpkin Oat #Pancakes – Guest Post By Kitchen Product Reviewed Founder Alamin Howlander #tastytuesday

Please give Alamin a warm welcome to our virtual kitchen. When you visit his site www.kitchenproductreviewed.com you’ll see that he knows his way around kitchens. He’s bringing these pancakes! Please note that Amazon Affiliate Links for Alamin’s site are linked with his reviews in this post. There is no additional cost to you for purchases made from these links and he may earn a commission.

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Here’s the recipe. For your real kitchen. Along with some pro pancake making tips.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oat Pancakes – The Easiest & Simplest Method

By Alamin Howlander of Kitchen Product Reviewed.com

Pumpkin pancakes are so easy to make and damn delicious as well. Well, pumpkin oat pancakes are made hearty with oat flour and flavored with warming spices – that you can also make so easily with the old-fashioned oats (follow the notes). These fluffy, healthy pumpkin pancakes are gluten-free – since they are made with oat flour.

However, you should reduce the temperature of your griddle after making the first batch of your pancakes – and as a result, you will get nice and fluffy pancakes on the table.

How To Make Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

  • To make this wonderful pancake recipe easier than you think – simply, use a blender and place all the ingredients into it and blend until the batter is nice and smooth for around 1 minute.
  • Preheat a pancake griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat and add some coconut oil or olive oil. Take a measuring cup and add 1/3 cup of batter to the griddle. Now cook for around 3 minutes and you will see bubbles at the edges of the pancakes. Turn it and cook for an additional 90 seconds or until the pancakes are golden brown from both sides.
  • Sever the pancakes immediately with butter, pecans, or your favorite peanut butter and drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup. And if you want to keep them warm for later – then keep the pancakes in an oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy your pumpkin oat pancakes with your family!

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp honey or maple syrup

¼ cup milk of choice   

1 tbsp lemon juice – (one small lemon juice)

2 tsp butter or coconut oil – melted

1 cup of pumpkin puree

½ tsp salt

2 eggs

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp ground cloves or allspice

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup oat flour – follow the notes to make oat flour on your own.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Take a small mixing bowl – add lemon juice, milk, vanilla, coconut oil, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup or honey and stir to combine all together. Add the eggs and beat them. (if you see that the coconut oil is being solid – just put it in the microwave and warm the mixture for 20 seconds or until it is melted)
  • Now take a separate medium bowl – add the baking soda, spices, salt, and the oat flour and whisk together.
  • Now make a well to pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir the ingredient with a large spoon until the dry ones are moistened thoroughly. Make sure you don’t overmix it. Now, wait for a minimum of 10 minutes to allow the batter to sit.
  • Preheat an electric griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Or, if you have any non-stick pan or heavy cast-iron skillet – prepare the pan over medium-low heat. Now oil the surface of your pan lightly with cooking spray, butter, or coconut oil. (if you are using a non-stick electric griddle – then there is no need to oil the surface like my one.)
  • To check if your pan is hot enough or not – a drop of water will sizzle on the surface. Now take a measuring cup and pour ¼ cup of batter onto the pan. You will see bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pancake – and this should not take more than 3 minutes.
  • Use a spatula to flip the pancake – once you see that the underside is lightly golden. Now cook for extra 90 seconds until both sides turn golden brown. Make sure that the pan is hot enough at this point – and you may need to adjust the heat also.
  • You are ready to enjoy the yummy, tasty, and delicious pancakes. Serve them immediately or you can also keep the pancakes warm in an oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

NOTES:

  • To make oat flour: Instead of quick-cooking oats – use old-fashioned oats. Now pour 1 cup of oats into a food processor and ground it well.
  • Gluten-Free Oats: If you prefer your pancakes to be gluten-free – make sure that you have purchased certified gluten-free old-fashioned oats or certified gluten-free oat flour.
  • Preparation Tips: You may find it difficult to gauge exactly when you should flip the pancakes as the whole grain batter is very much thicker, right? What you can do is set a timer like a cook the first side of your pancake for 3 minutes – then flip it and cook for another 90 seconds (basically, the right time is when you see the pancakes turned out golden brown – flip it and wait for the other side to be golden brown as well).

I hope you loved the gluten-free pumpkin oat pancakes and now you know how to make it super delicious as well. If you have prepared the recipe – then please let me know how it turned out for you.

Please share what you think about the recipe or if you have any questions, suggestions, or opinions – then please let me know and I would love to hear from wonderful people like you.

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About Alamin

Hello everyone, I’m Alamin founder of KitchenProductReviewed.Com, I live in California, United States. I’m a professional photographer & blogger who loves to share things related to the kitchen, cooking recipes, tips, and health benefits.

A Magic Book Signing – By Guest Author Anne Montgomery

It’s a strange time to hold a book launch, quarantined as we are, stuck with the feeling that there is no safe place to go. How long will this isolation last? There’s simply no way to tell. We long for a signal, like the one Punxsutawney Phil delivers each year when the furry rodent surfaces from his den to tell us when winter will morph into spring.

Alas, there is no miraculous creature to mark the end of our confinement. Which brings me back to the book launch for my new novel, Wild Horses on the Salt. Normally, I would host a book signing and a Q&A session at some lovely bookstore – Don’t you love bookstores? – but, of course, that wouldn’t work considering our current situation.

With that in mind, I popped on my thinking cap, and decided we could have a book signing of sorts right here. So, let me get my magic wand.  I’ll be right back.

Dodeedodododeedo…

Yay! I found my magic wand!

Whew! Found it. It was tucked in the back of a closet and it’s a bit dusty. But I think it’ll work. Let’s see.

Swoosh………………..

Oooo! Sparkles everywhere!

And now…here we are! Look at all those pretty books. You want to touch them, I know. And this bookstore – lucky us – also has a bar. What a brilliant idea. So, everyone get a beverage and then sit in those rows of chairs.

Oh my! We need more chairs. So many people! (A girl can dream.)

I take my place at the podium and lift the mic. Unlike a lot of authors – many of whom tend to be introverted types – I’ve never met a microphone I didn’t like. Could be my massive ego, but I digress.

“Thank you all for coming. I am overwhelmed.” I smile. “And now, I’d be happy to take your questions.

Hands shoot up all around the room and I blush. (Really.) “In the corner. Yes, you, sir.” A dapper-looking man with a gray beard smiles.

“What kind of books do you write?”

“Good question. I write fiction, though not in any specific genre. My stories are based on subjects that interest me. In the past, I’ve written about a former soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress, child abuse, polygamy, domestic terrorism, cults, archeological looting, the black-market sale of antiquities, and a serial rapist. In Wild Horses on the Salt, themes include the problems associated with the over population of wild horses in the West and the struggles involved in escaping from domestic violence. However, all my books have one thing in common: the amazing landscape of Arizona, from the Sonoran Desert to the Verde Valley to the high country of the Arizona strip.”

I spy a few younger members of the audience and am delighted, as a just-retired teacher, to see some of my former students. “Makayla.”

“Ms. Montgomery, what inspired you to write about the wild horses of Arizona’s Salt River?”

“You can call me Anne.”

Makayla and the rest of the kids look like I’ve asked them to serve detention for a week. I sigh and realize I will be Ms. Montgomery for the rest of my life.

The horses that roam along Arizona’s Salt River are beautiful but problematic.

“The horses that roam free along the Salt River have been the subject of much controversy in Arizona, primarily because their numbers have grown too large to be sustainable and they too frequently encounter vehicles, events that result in accidents that have killed the animals and injured humans. Though millions of wild horses once roamed free in the United States, today approximately 82,000 remain. Because their ancestors were brought here by European explorers, there are some who believe these animals are an invasive species, a creature that should be culled to safeguard native fauna, fragile grasslands, and riparian habitats. Others believe the wild horse should be defended, protected, and allowed to roam free. The debate is ongoing, with those on both sides of the issue often unwilling to compromise.”

I scan the room and focus on a young woman dressed in a turquoise T-shirt, jeans, and strappy sandals. I nod.

“The protagonist in Wild Horses on the Salt is running away from domestic violence. What made you write about the topic?”

“Thank you for asking. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly 1 in 4 adult women and approximately 1 in 7 men in the U.S. report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

The often-silent scourge of domestic violence invades all walks of life and, though the poor are disproportionately affected, no one is immune. I felt it was important to point out that domestic violence does not discriminate. People of all kinds, young, old, rich, poor, white, black and brown are subjected to its wrath.

The life of Rebecca Quinn, the protagonist in Wild Horses on the Salt, seems idyllic from the outside. She’s a smart attorney with a handsome, successful spouse. She comes from wealth and privilege. And yet, Becca is repeatedly brutalized by her husband.

I created Becca from personal experience – I’ve been subjected to domestic violence myself – and from statistics. The point is no one should have to deal with this abuse and there is always a way out, though that does not mean leaving is easy. One needs support, both emotional and financial, to get away, as well as a plan to survive the split. It’s my hope that those reading about Becca’s journey will be inspired to make changes in their own lives.

I take more questions. Everyone is so interested in my book, I’m giddy with delight. Eventually, however, the manager of the book store taps her watch.

“Thank you so much for coming everyone. I will be signing books at that table in the corner.”

OK. You got me. This is me signing books at a previous book launch. There’s only so much my magic wand can do.

A long line of book buyers forms as I take my seat. When the last book is signed – of course, it’s a sellout – I have cramps in my hand, but it’s pain I will savor.

After everyone leaves, my sweetie pie appears with a glass of wine. “Thought you might need this,” he says, and I remember why I love him.

That said, the first person in the contiguous United States who contacts me will get a signed copy of Wild Horses on the Salt.

And, again, thank you for coming.

Wild Horses on the Salt

A woman flees an abusive husband and finds hope in the wilds of the Arizona desert.

Published by Liaison – A Next Chapter Imprint

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Rebecca Quinn escapes her controlling husband and, with nowhere else to go, hops the red-eye to Arizona. There, Gaby Strand – her aunt’s college roommate – gives her shelter at the Salt River Inn, a 1930’s guesthouse located in the wildly beautiful Tonto National Forest.

Becca struggles with post-traumatic stress, but is enthralled by the splendor and fragility of the Sonoran Desert. The once aspiring artist meets Noah Tanner, a cattle rancher and beekeeper, Oscar Billingsley, a retired psychiatrist and avid birder, and a blacksmith named Walt. Thanks to her new friends and a small band of wild horses, Becca adjusts to life in the desert and rekindles her love of art.

Then, Becca’s husband tracks her down, forcing her to summon all her strength. But can she finally stop running away?

Reviews

“Ms. Montgomery weaves an intricate parallel tale, portraying the struggles of one woman, and that of a lost wild stallion—both fighting to rise above the cruelty of an unkind world. Her unique writing style, incredible knowledge of her subject matter, combined with her ability to create vivid scenes of the East Valley, and particularly the Tonto National Forest and Salt River area in Arizona, takes the reader on a fascinating (and educational) journey.” —Author Margaret Millmore

“The author’s brilliant world building soon had me relaxing and enjoying the desert, the wilderness with so many horses. This was the kind of story I knew I wouldn’t want to end.” Anita Dawes

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#Gazpacho #Soup #Recipe For Hot #Summer Days From Guest Author Sloane Taylor

Please welcome cookbook author Sloane Taylor to the blog with a chilled soup recipe. If you’ve never tried gazpacho, this is a great recipe to start with because it’s easy and packed with flavor.

Beat the Heat Summer Supper

When the days are muggy and hot, cool down with this light and refreshing meal. Add a loaf of crusty fresh bread and a bottle of chilled, crisp white wine to make dinner complete.

GAZPACHO – Cold Fresh Vegetable Soup

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1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
5 medium Roma/plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp. garlic, chopped fine or pressed
4 cups French or Italian bread chunks, crust removed
4 cups cold water
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 tsps. salt
4 tbsps. olive oil
2 tbsp. tomato paste

Combine cucumber, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, garlic, and bread in a large bowl. Stir in water, vinegar, and salt. Ladle mixture into a blender or food processor. Be careful not to overload either appliance. Set on high speed until you have a smooth puree. Pour the blend into a clean large bowl and whisk in olive oil and tomato paste.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours minimum. Just before serving stir well to recombine ingredients. Ladle into a chilled tureen or large soup bowls.

May you enjoy all the days of your life filled with good friends, laughter, and seated around a well-laden table!

Sloane

Sloane Taylor is an Award-Winning author with a passion that consumes her day and night. She is an avid cook and posts new recipes on her blog every Wednesday. The recipes are user friendly, meaning easy.

Learn more about Taylor’s cookbooks, Date Night Dinners, Romantic Meals to Dine al Fresco, and Recipes to Create Holidays Extraordinaire on Amazon.

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Thanks for reading,

Gina