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  1. language nerds !!!!

    I'm sure it's been said, but I think that one of the fascinating pleasures of language is how it can really help one to understand and appreciate other cultures and perspectives - or just a new way to approach/understand an idea. There's something terribly amusing about expressions in various languages -- how an idea is expressed, the use of poetic language (metaphor, simile), and idioms. And don't even get me started on Aeolic epithets!
  2. Lemon grass soup

    I make this from time to time - it's rather good, and wanted to share it some shrimp, peeled (or anything, really, but shrimps is tasty) -- or some thinly sliced chicken breast 2 oz of thin rice noodles (rice vermicelli) 8 cups of fish or chicken broth 1 stalk of lemongrass, cut into 2" pieces and smashed 1/4 cup thai fish sauce 2 tablespoons of chili oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and 2 teaspoons of zest 1/2 pickled chile salt and ground pepper to taste 1/3 cup of rinsed and drained canned straw mushrooms 1/4 cup fresh cilantro cook the chicken lightly (or boil the shrimp for ~3 min, and then rinse under cold water) in the boiling water, cook the noodles for ~2-3 min drain, rinse under cold water, and drain combine the broth with the lemongrass, fish sauce, chile oil, lemon juice, lime juice and zest, and pickled chile. Bring to a simmer and cook for ~10 min. Remove the lemongrass. Put the shrimp or lightly cooked chicken, noodles, mushrooms, and cilantro in your bowl and pour the soup over it.
  3. Lemon grass soup

    I make this from time to time - it's rather good, and wanted to share it some shrimp, peeled (or anything, really, but shrimps is tasty) -- or some thinly sliced chicken breast 2 oz of thin rice noodles (rice vermicelli) 8 cups of fish or chicken broth 1 stalk of lemongrass, cut into 2" pieces and smashed 1/4 cup thai fish sauce 2 tablespoons of chili oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and 2 teaspoons of zest 1/2 pickled chile salt and ground pepper to taste 1/3 cup of rinsed and drained canned straw mushrooms 1/4 cup fresh cilantro cook the chicken lightly (or boil the shrimp for ~3 min, and then rinse under cold water) in the boiling water, cook the noodles for ~2-3 min drain, rinse under cold water, and drain combine the broth with the lemongrass, fish sauce, chile oil, lemon juice, lime juice and zest, and pickled chile. Bring to a simmer and cook for ~10 min. Remove the lemongrass. Put the shrimp or lightly cooked chicken, noodles, mushrooms, and cilantro in your bowl and pour the soup over it.