Monthly Archives: December 2015

Soba Noodles and Stir-Fried Vegetables

Soba Noodles with Stir Fried Vegetables - Pook's Pantry

Soba noodles with stir-fried vegetables is a quick, easy and delicious healthy option for meatless Monday, or any day of the week.  Soba noodles cook in a only a few minutes, the veggies get a quick sauté and dinner is done.  From fridge to fork in less than 20 minutes – faster if you prep vegetable the night before.

It’s another New Year and once again, after the gluttony that was Thanksgiving and Christmas overindulgence, it’s time to rein it back in.  One way that we have decided to do that around here is sticking to a “meatless Monday”. 

While we were whooping it up in Vancouver a few months ago, we had a warm soba noodle appetizer at our favorite sushi restaurant.  It was loaded with seafood and unbelievably delicious.  I wanted to have something reminiscent of that salad, but suitable for a vegetarian dinner.   The only restriction I gave myself (aside from the seafood) was that I had to use what I had in the kitchen.    It wasn’t like there was a “rule” in play…  I just didn’t feel like going to store.  Out of sheer laziness, deliciousness was born!

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Ring In the New Year!

Greetings, Friends!  As we usher out 2015 and prepare to welcome 2016, I’ve put together a few recipes to make the party planning a little easier!   Can you believe the year is almost over?  I can not believe there is only a week left! 

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I’ve put together a “cocktail party” of sorts…  Nibbles and libations.  No main dishes or desserts, nothing fancy or overly complicated, just finger food and drinks to share with friends and family.

Enjoy the festivities of ringing in the New Year!  Be safe!  Happy 2016, Everyone!  May the New Year bring you blessings, health & happiness!

Drinks (both leaded & unleaded):

Bourbon Apple Cider:

Chocolate Martini:

Snowflake Drink:

Hibiscus Rose Sharbat:

Limoncello Ginger Spritzer:

Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail:


Bread with Tomato & Garlic:

Yummy Poppy Seed Sammiches:

Corn Fritters:

Egg rolls:

Mini Corn Dogs:

Mini Twice Baked Potatoes:



Happy New Year!!!



Holiday Recipe Round-Up

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The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is usually a blur for most of us, which is why I’ve complied a dozen recipes that could come in handy for this time of the year.  There are cookies, cupcakes, homemade sanding sugar, hot chocolate and an adult beverage or two to enjoy. 

Happy Holidays to you & yours!  Thank you so much for stopping by!