Yaki Soba! (Raiding the Japanese Market Frozen Food Section)

IMG_7659Here’s a good recommendation: want some Japanese noodles that can stand sitting in your freezer and still taste great? Try this bag if you have a Japanese market nearby- we usually go to our nearby Mitsuwa Japanese market Anyone here read Japanese? Looks like the brand name is “Myojo,” and there is a rooster up near the top, too… just under one pound for the two packets each of noodles and sauce in this bag. I think I might have spent $5 on this? I love noodles with sauce from anywhere in the world and these were great.

1/2 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of peanut oil, let the noodles steam and defrost. Stir in sauce packets and lunch is ready.

I pulled these out of the freezer where they have sat for at least four months, heated them in a skillet with a little oil and water, added the sauce packet they came with and in the same amount of time it took to boil my edamame and slice up a peach, lunch was made. It served two of us with enough left over for The Husband’s lunch tomorrow.

Even better when topped with toasted sesame seeds, yum. I added chopped chicken and a little teriyaki sauce to the leftovers to make them into a more substantial lunch for the man.


Taste Testing- “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese? Prove it.

So, the box says that this is the “World’s Best” macaroni and cheese, and I couldn’t pass this up. I have two teenagers who would live on several different variations of mac n cheese. After a crazy weekend of Comic Con tourism, I was not up to a very challenging New Thing O’ The Day… I’m pooped!

Ready to pop in the oven...
Ready to pop in the oven…

This particular box is put out by the people of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Shop and claims their customers deem this “the World’s Best.” But is it really? I made the teens put down their blue box… really, I had just told them that I was popping this stuff in the oven and they had forgotten no less than 15 minutes later (insert here the groan that only the mom of hungry teenagers can produce).

Looks good...
Looks good…

Forty minutes later at 375 degrees, this lovely, bubbling, crispy-edged tray of yum emerged. I thought it was great. Far better than our old childhood standbys from Stouffer’s or Banquet, Beecher’s cheese shop has put out a really good product. I liked it. My kids? The Girl gives it a thumbs up, The Boy says “meh,” he didn’t really like it all that much. We call him “The Contrary One.”

The "2.5 servings" served the three of us just fine.
The “2.5 servings” served the three of us just fine.

I’d buy this again. We had watermelon on the side, but even better would have been another lighter vegetable to round out the rich, cheese pasta dish. It certainly is one of the best macaroni and cheeses I’ve ever had pre-made from the grocery store’s freezer. Give it a try!