KISS. It’s an acronym. Anyone know what it stands for? Anyone? Buehler? Okay, okay, it stands for “Keep it simple, Stupid.” That was a favorite of my high school Chemistry teacher, Mr. Sprankle. Here’s another one, “If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten!” And last but not least, “There are a billion people in China that don’t care how you did on this test, and in five years, you won’t either!”
“Yes!” I would wail, “But I care now! How did I get these wrong, what will I do?” Then I would throw my self over my desk and cry. There would be some wailing and gnashing of teeth, calculations of what I would need to do to keep my “A” in the class, and then furitive working. Perfectionist much? Okay, so maybe not wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I was a teenage girl, for crying out loud….I wanted things my way! I wanted things perfect!
Often when entertaining or cooking, I go back to KISS though. When I find myself obsessing about the perfect app or the precise timing of dishes, or what would satisfy everyone’s culinary dream, I come back to what is simple, yet satisfying. Steamed artichokes with garlic aoili, mozarella caprese, antipasto, rustic french bread, a crisp clean pinot, a piece of dark chocolate with sea salt, a perfect steak with some gorgonzola on the side. You catch my drift….sometimes, less is better. Sometimes, you need to keep it simple. So try these noodles tonight. These noodles make me sing. Add nothing, add some chicken, add some shrimp, get crazy and add some edamame and tofu, whatever sails your ship. That’s what I say! Okay, so I just made that up, but ignore me and get cookin’. And hey, Mr. Sprankle?? Are you out there?? Maybe you actually knew what you were talking about!! BUT, I still care about that test!!
Here’s what you need:
12 0z thin noodles, cooked and drained (Udon, spaghetti, etc.)
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 T sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced or diced
2 T Rice Vinegar
3 T Sesame oil
1/2 t Hot Chili Oil
4 T Canola Oil
4 whole green onions, sliced thinly.
Whisk all ingredients except noodles and onions together in a bowl. Taste and adjust or add salt and pepper as needed. Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss to coat. Sprinkle with green onions. Delish!!