General Tso’s sauce from purewow.com

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6 scallions, white part finely sliced, green part chopped into 1-inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
5 small dried chiles (optional)
¼ cup vegetable broth
¼ cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons mirin
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)

In a medium pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the finely-chopped white scallions, garlic, ginger and chiles, and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar and mirin, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk the sugar and cornstarch to combine. Pour about ¼ cup of the hot sauce over the mixture, whisking constantly until the mixture is smooth and lump free. Return the mixture to the pot and bring to a simmer. Stir in the large pieces of green scallion.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and has good flavor, 7 to 9 minutes more.

Marinated Seared Tuna from Anne Burell


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1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 to 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

2 teaspoons sambal oelek
4 scallions, white and light green sliced and finely chopped, dark green sliced on an extreme bias for garnish
2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
1 1/2 inches ginger, peeled and grated
Four 6-ounce sushi-grade tuna steaks, preferably in logs about 2 by 2 by 4 inches
Peanut oil, for searing

In a flat, shallow dish, combine the soy, rice vinegar, sambal, white and light green scallions, garlic and ginger. Add the tuna and roll around to get the marinade on all sides. Cover and let sit in the fridge for up to 2 hours, turning the tuna periodically.

Remove the tuna from the fridge and let sit in the marinade outside of the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes.

When the tuna has come to room temperature, remove it from the marinade. With a paper towel, gently remove some of the excess marinade.

Coat a large saute pan with peanut oil and bring it to a VERY high heat. When the pan is VERY hot but not quite smoking, pull the pan off the heat and add the tuna to the pan. Return the pan to the heat and sear the tuna for 1 minute on each side.

Remove the tuna from the pan, let rest for 4 to 5 minutes and slice into 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick slices. Sprinkle with the dark green sliced scallion tops.

Serve immediately with a little extra soy on the side if desired.


Carrot-Ginger Dressing, Recipe By: Chef Tadashi Ono

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This vibrantly orange dressing—from our friend Chef Tadashi Ono—was made famous by Japanese-American steak houses. It gets its incomparably clean flavor from puréed carrot and fresh ginger. Serve it simply tossed with crisp iceberg lettuce.

1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon finely grated ginger
2 medium carrots (about 8 oz.), peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 medium yellow onion (about 6 oz.), roughly chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 head (about 1 lb.) lettuce, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces, for serving

Combine oil, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, carrots, and onion in a food processor, and process until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Combine dressing and lettuce in a bowl, and toss until evenly coated; serve immediately. Unused dressing will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.  Yield: 4 cups

Brown Rice Salad with Chick Peas, Cumin and Vinaigrette

I started out making making lunch using  Ina’s brown rice salad with tomatoes and basil but while the rice was cooking and after the vinaigrette was made A Pinch of Salt email arrived with Brown rice, cumin and lime vinaigrette. The following is the end result which was very tasty. I was out of cilantro (tsk tsk) but will use it next time.

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    1 cup brown rice
    2 tsp kosher salt, divided
    1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
    2 teaspoons sugar
    2 tablespoon good olive oil
    1 tsp cumin< 1 garlic clove minced grated rind of 1 lime Freshly ground black pepper 2 c. diced tomates 1 can chick peas 1 jalapeno diced ¼ c. diced red onion 2-3 tbsp cilantro I substituted italian parsley juice of one lime Bring 2 1/4 cups water to a boil and add the rice and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Return to a boil, cover, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, until the rice is tender and all the water is absorbed. Transfer the rice to a bowl. Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, olive oil, lime rind, cumin, remaining teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of pepper. Pour over the rice. Stir gently. Add the tomatoes, chick peas, onion, jalapeno, lime juice and cilantro. Mix well and check the seasonings. Serve at room temperature.