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Simple Sautéed Cabbage With Balsamic Vinegar: Take Two

I wrote this simple recipe for Simple Sautéed Cabbage With Balsamic Vinegar nine years ago!

There’s not much to the post, the recipe details are sparse, and the photo is just ok. Yet, it remains one of the most popular posts to this day.

Especially during the pandemic, people are gravitating towards this cabbage post.

Here’s my even more streamlined version of this recipe. Of course you can still add miso and the hot peppers, if you have them. A simple sauté brings out the natural sweetness in the cabbage.

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Pen15: My Favorite 90’s References

Pen15 is the 90’s show I wish I’d written.

(The first season of Pen15 is streaming on Hulu. It’s rated M). 

First, the title is brilliant.

The only thing that might come close is an image of an upside down calculator with 58008

Second, the 90’s references are right on. The toys, the fashion, technology, the food, the school supplies. . .

Third, the SOUNDTRACK is perfect.

There should be a warning that Pen15 may cause nightmares even if middle school is decades behind you; the type of nightmares where you find yourself back in grade school where you can’t remember your locker combination or carrying a lunch tray desperately searching for a place to sit in the cafeteria.

Even so, Pen15 captures the heartbreak, humor, awkwardness, and beauty of that best friendship I remember from growing-up in the 90’s. As an awkward Asian girl who grew up in the suburbs, I related to Maya.

Here are seven of my favorite references that brought me back:

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Pissed Off Tuna Salad

Last night I opened some bourbon and got really mad about people not believing in science.

Then I made some angry tuna salad.

Tuna salad’s the best recipe to make when you’re stressed because there is really no wrong way to make it. This is just my latest incarnation. Who knows what the other tuna salad feelings taste like?

Add plenty of chopped vegetables to stretch out the tuna and whatever else you might have.

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A few home cooking ideas + recent take-out meals

I hope you and your loved ones are as well as possible. We’ve been doing our best to stay home. Our dog is thrilled. Here’s a few notes on things I’ve been cooking and take-out meals we’ve really enjoyed.

Easy Home Cooking Ideas:

Japanese curry


I’m really annoyed I didn’t take a picture of this when I made it.

There are many brands of Japanese curry sauce blocks – this is a commonly-found brand I bought last month. You can sauté whatever vegetables and protein you have in your kitchen. Then, just add water and melt in the appropriate number of curry blocks. I am just learning about all of the ways you can customize the sauce.

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