On my most recent visit to Burger Continental for their KILLER blt, I noticed that the Rose Cottage, also near the corner of Lake & California in Pasadena, is no longer in business. Yet another slice of civility gone -- let's hope not forever.
Food spoils, but it doesn't have to go so quickly. Boston University student and CHOW.com intern Austin Pohlen knows a nifty trick to make this staple snack last over a week longer than its expiration date. This special College Edition tip is part of a series aimed to help students on a budget with food and entertaining while living away from home.
Slow Cooker Pork Ramen
A simple but delicious version of Japanese ramen, this soup starts with pork cooked to perfect tenderness in the crock pot, with garlic, ginger, leeks, mushrooms, and onions rounding out the flavors. The noodles are cooked separately just before serving, then the shredded pork and fragrant broth, with a little soy and sesame oil added, are ladled over top. A soft boiled egg makes a great garnish, as do shredded scallions or chopped baby spinach. Add some chile oil or Sriracha if you want to spice things up.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too).
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