General Tso sauce from NY Times

  • 1 small chunk of ginger, 1 1/2 inches long, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 small red dry Chinese chilis
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum, optional

In a blender combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, and sesame oil. Add chilis, salt, sugar, and xantham gum, if using. Process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl, and set aside.

Michael Ruhlman’s Pasta with Tomato Water, Basil, and Garlic

  • ripe tomatoes, large dice
  • 1 1/2 to 2teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 12 ounces spaghetti or any pasta you like
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • cup basil, cut into ribbons
  • ounces butter, cut into three chunks
  • Olive oil, as needed
  1. Season the tomatoes with the salt and toss them well.
  2. Put a big pot of water on to boil.
  3. Smash the garlic with the flat side of a knife, give it all a few rough chops with the knife and set them a side in a small bowl.
  4. Cut the basil into ribbons or roughly chop it. Take a pinch of this basil, chop it finely, and add it to the tomatoes to season the water.
  5. Cook your pasta, drain it, put it back in the pot, and oil the pasta to keep it from sticking to itself. (Meanwhile, even if your water isn’t boiling yet, you should still get your garlic cooking in the next step).
  6. Heat a teaspoon or two of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the garlic and cook it till it is just beginning to brown around the edges and soften, a couple minutes. Give it a pinch of salt if you wish.
  7. Pour the tomatoes into a strainer or colander over the garlic so that the tomato water will stream into the pan below. Set the strainer with the tomatoes into the bowl so they don’t drip on the counter, and swirl the sauce to bring it to a simmer. Add the butter while continuing to swirl or stir the sauce. Keep the sauce moving until all the butter is melted. Add the pasta and toss to coat the pasta evenly. Divide the pasta among four bowls and top with the tomatoes and basil.  Serves 2 to 4

Momofuku ginger scallion noodles

2 12 cups thinly sliced scallions (greens and whites; from 1 to 2 large bunches)
12 cup finely minced peeled fresh ginger
14 cup grapeseed or other neutral oil
1 12 tsp. usukuchi (light soy sauce)
34 tsp. sherry vinegar
34 tsp. kosher salt, or more to taste

Mix together the scallions, ginger, oil, soy, vinegar, and salt in a bowl. Taste and check for salt, adding more if needed. Though it’s best after 15 or 20 minutes of sitting, ginger scallion sauce is good from the minute it’s stirred together up to a day or two in the fridge. Use as directed, or apply as needed.

Shawarma sauce from NY Times

2 lemons, juiced
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
½ teaspoon turmeric
A pinch ground cinnamon
Red pepper flakes, to taste
1 large red onion, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Prepare a marinade. Combine the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon and red pepper flakes in a large bowl, then whisk to combine. Add the chicken and toss well to coat. Cover and store in refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.

Scatter the parsley over the top and serve with tomatoes, cucumbers, pita, white sauce, hot sauce, olives, fried eggplant, feta, rice — really anything you desire.

Skillet beef and broccoli ramen from chelseasmessyapron.com

  • 1 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 3/4 pound seitan meat
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2.5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 cup veggie broth
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) ramen noodles
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: green onions, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds
    • Cook the ramen noodles according to package directions omitting the seasoning package. Drain.
    • Chop the broccoli into bite-sized even pieces.
    • sautee fake meat in skillet with a small amount of oil
      In the same skillet, sautee garlic, and ginger, then add veggie broth, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce
    •  Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, top the mixture evenly with the broccoli (don’t stir in). Cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low.
  • Allow the broccoli to steam until crisp tender about 3 minutes or to desired tender-ness.
  • Remove the lid, add in the cooked pasta mix cornstarch with cold water, add to pan and cook for a few minutes
  • Stir and top with desired toppings: green onions, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy immediately.

 

General Tso’s sauce from purewow.com

purewow_general_tsos_12 teaspoons sesame oil
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.

Green Goddess salad dressing from thewoksoflife.com

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1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped dill
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 tablespoons chopped basil
2 anchovy fillets
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Combine the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, herbs, anchovies, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

Green goddess dip from 12tomatoes.com

  • 1/2 cgreen-goddess-11-475x338up fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Place dill, parsley, basil, garlic, scallions, lemon juice and salt in food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  2. While pulsing, slowly drizzle in olive oil and blend until mixture is smooth.
  3. Fold in Greek yogurt, sour cream and mayonnaise, then taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve with chips or vegetables, or use as an aioli and spread on sandwiches or wraps.
  6. adapted from the NY Times