I’m home from the bake-off and unfortunately I did lose. Sara and her cute cupcakes won the whole thing and maybe one day when I’m over the loss, I’ll share the pictures from the bake-off. Maybe I’ll even show you the lobster pad thai we had the night before.

(You know, I am joking about not being over the loss.)

Traveling always throws my life out of balance off for a few days which is why I haven’t blogged. On top of the exhaustion that traveling brings, my husband has this habit of “cleaning” while I’m gone. And by “cleaning” I mean he takes everything and shoves it somewhere else. Admittedly, I do leave cookbooks, notebooks, magazine pages, things like that all over the kitchen and my desk but that’s how I work. So when my notebooks end up on top of the refrigerator during his “cleaning” spree, it takes me days to find them. And that’s my excuse for not blogging. And not cooking. And you know what, for not doing anything this weekend.

I did make this stir-fry the other night because what’s easier than a stir-fry? I used tofu but shrimp or chicken would be delicious in this. If you’re doing shrimp, I would either remove the shrimp from the pan before you do the vegetables or cook the shrimp last so you don’t overcook them. Any vegetable would be great: carrots, cauliflower, bell peppers, just whatever you want pretty much.

Spicy Tofu Stir-Fry


5 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
2 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
1 pound extra-firm tofu, pressed and cubed (I buy the pre-cubed. It's perfect for this!)
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup vegetable broth (or water)
splash of seasoned rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons minced green onions
1½ tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chile paste with garlic
2 cups broccoli, chopped
1 cup drained, sliced water chestnuts
1 cup (1/2-inch) sliced green onion tops
¾ cup dry-roasted peanuts
brown rice, for serving


  1. Combine 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce and cornstarch in a large bowl. Add cubed tofu and toss to make sure all the tofu is covered. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and brown on all sides. While that is working, combine the remaining 3 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, vegetable broth, seasoned rice wine vinegar, minced green onions, ginger, garlic, and chile paste in a small bowl. Add to pan and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute until thickened. Add broccoli; cover the pan and cook for just a few minutes, or until broccoli is tender. Add water chestnuts, green onion tops, and peanuts; stir to combine. Serve on top of hot rice.



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