Stir-Fried Noodles

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I’m an Air Force Brat. I have lived in Alabama, Germany, Georgia, Nebraska, North Dakota and Minnesota (the last 2 as an adult). As a kid, I didn’t mind it too much until our move to Nebraska after my 6th grade year. It was hard to leave my friends and I’m sure I was unpleasant and ungrateful towards my parents at the time. I didn’t consider that it was painful and incredibly difficult for my parents to leave their friends that had become our family.
But I got over it, made new friends and met Joel so it was pretty much a win-win for me. Looking back, the Air Force life was one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me. I got to experience amazing things and visit places that would have never been in my horizons otherwise. I met all kinds of different people and learned about so many cultures. In Germany, my mom learned how to make many traditional German meals and they quickly became family favorites. Now I make them for my family. We had a Vietnamese neighbor who made the best lumpia’s you’ll ever eat. Man I miss her.

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Now we have friends all over the country. How awesome it that? It’s funny how something that you sometimes viewed as awful, terrible and just heartbreaking was actually quite the opposite after time and maturity kicked in. I’m so grateful for the choice that my parents made to provide the Air Force lifestyle to my brother and me. It gives me such pride to say that my dad served our country and I have so much respect and appreciation for all those who serve or have served and their families too.

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Because of the life we lived, we only occasionally ate “normal” American meals. We picked up recipes of all different cuisines from friends, neighbors and co-workers which meant we rarely had spaghetti or casseroles on the table. Now that I have my own family to feed, I experiment with Chinese, Italian, Greek, Thai, Mexican, Indian….you name it, I’ll probably give it a try. So today I’m going to share a quick and easy side that I throw together to accompany our favorite Chinese meals. These stir-fry noodles take minutes to make and taste like the real deal.
Stir-Fried Noodles
8 oz. Chinese noodles (or linguini)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
sesame seeds
red pepper flakes
1. Cook noodles al dente according to package directions. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in sauté pan. Cook garlic until soft then add in noodles. Stir until the noodles have been coated.
2. Add half of the soy sauce and stir to coat. Cook for 2-3 minutes without stirring (so you get some crispy brown noodles – my favorite). Stir then mix in the rest of the soy sauce. Leave alone for a minute or two then stir again.
3. If you like the noodles a little saucy, stir in a bit more soy sauce. You may need to lower or up the amount of soy depending on the kind of
noodles you use. This recipe is really up to your taste. Sprinkle noodles with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes if desired.
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