The Confuser and I have a long-standing tradition of enjoying dessert or other treats together after the boys are tucked in for the night. Here are a few of our favorites.
Nobody says a late-night snack always has to be a sweet one. These Seriously Sesame Noodles are one of my comfort foods. They are definitely a great accompaniment to any Asian-style meal, but they also make the perfect fare for cuddling up in front of the television and watching "Hell's Kitchen," "Top Chef" or "The Next Iron Chef." I don't know about you, but I can't watch those shows without eating good food.
Seriously Sesame Noodles
1/2 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. tahini (sesame paste)
2 T. toasted sesame oil (the dark, fragrant stuff)
3 T. sugar, honey or agave nectar
1/2 t. fresh ginger, grated
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. sesame seeds
1 lb. thin spaghetti noodles
4 green onion tops (scallions), thinly sliced
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, tahini, ginger and garlic until the sugar is mainly dissolved. Set aside.
Put sesame seeds in a small skillet over medium heat on your stovetop. Shake the pan or stir the sesame seeds until they smell fragrant. Remove from heat immediately and whisk into the sesame dressing in the mixing bowl.
Cook the thin spaghetti according to package instructions and drain.
Whisk the dressing in the mixing bowl once more before adding the pasta to it. Toss the pasta to coat completely and top with the thinly sliced green onion tops.
Serve hot, cold or at room temperature.
Super Thick Grown-up Caramel Apple Milkshakes
1/2 c. apple cider
1/4 c. caramel sauce (dulce de leche or ice cream topping)
1/4 c. Calvados or other apple liqueur
3 c. vanilla ice cream
1 t. pure vanilla extract
Additional caramel sauce for drizzling