Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.
Today: Everyone needs a few recipes they can cook while on the phone. Here's Jenny's new one.
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Have I told all of you about the office food club? If so, pretend you didn't hear!
Once a month or so a bunch of us get together and cook something for a group lunch, generally based around a theme. Sometimes it gets a little highbrow, like the time we cooked a recipe from one of our favorite books (although my colleague Helene brought it down a notch by plowing downstairs with a pitcher of bloody marys and a copy of "Twilight") -- but sometimes, it is by region.
Anyone can participate as long as they cook their dish; those who try and fob off store-bought food have been removed. It's a cooking club people, not an eating club!
FACT: I prepared the entire dish -- doubled -- while talking to a colleague on the phone about the very fine contributions an editor had made to my latest collaboration that I chose to celebrate by yelling a lot. Ahem. So the salient point here is you really you don't have to pay close attention to cook this.
The big twist here is the ground turkey, rather than the pork, which was a boon for me because of my weekly ground turkey delivery.
I omitted the sweet red peppers because I hate them, but you probably should not. The only nit I have is that ma po tofu is known for its heat and I found this version a bit too mild -- BUT that may be because I didn't add quite enough heat in the doubling. Anyway, kids may prefer it that way.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).