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Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Shiitake Mushrooms and Pumpkin Seed Sauce

Whenever I'm looking for a side dish to pair with steak, my mind tends to gravitate toward mushrooms, since the two are such a fantastic pair. The only problem is a visual one: both are brown, making for a monochromatic dish. Steakhouses solve this problem by adding a completely unnecessary sprig of parsley; I decided to go all in and add as much green as possible, in the form of a lime-heavy pumpkin seed pesto. More

Pan-Fried Noodles with Shrimp, Snap Pea, and Carrot

Why go to the trouble of boiling noodles, draining them in a colander, rinsing them under cold water, draining them again, and then stir-frying them? Sure, sometimes I love making things needlessly difficult for myself, but this is not one of those cases. Instead, I was after a crunchy noodle base, which would maintain its integrity even after toppings and a strong sauce are poured on top. More

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