Dance Like No One's Watching... No, Seriously

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Last Thursday I was lucky enough to attend a Super Bowl party at the always-perfect Michael Mina restaurant. There were sports celebrities, a couple of rock stars, and my favorite chefs all in one place. I think I played it pretty cool most of the night, then something happened...the music started. Goodbye Amanda and hellooo Crazy Dance Lady. It's like the people disappeared and I was magnetically pulled out to the dance floor. Do you remember SJP as the sidekick in Footloose? She turns to her clumsy, non-dancing boyfriend and says "I can't help mysellllf!" She HAD to dance.

If there was a moment to be embarrassed, I don't remember. I was having too much fun. At the end of the night, a man walked up to me and said, "Hi, my name is Sean and I work at E-S-P-*. (Name of company changed so as not to reveal his identity.) I just need you to know that you are having the most fun of anyone else at this party." That was it! The highest complement ever paid.

Why am I having so much fun? Because all of you have shown me so much love and support during my book launch!!! I am so excited that I haven't slept well in 10 days. I wake up and check my sales ranking on Amazon. Then I read what all of you say on Instagram and Facebook about it improving your lives, and I just smile some more. I was meant to write this book and share it with you all.

THANK YOU for giving me a reason to dance!
xo- Amanda
(And p.s., when it hits #1 on Amazon or the NYT BESTSELLERS LIST I'm throwing a dance party and you're all invited!)

#nytimesbestsellerlistorbust #dancelikenooneswatching #noseriously

This Week's Recipes

 

Sesame Soba with Asparagus and Mushrooms

 
Sesame Soba with Asparagus and Mushrooms Buckwheat is the seed of a broadleaf plant that can be cooked whole or ground and used like flour. Soba made with buckwheat is an excellent gluten-free alternative to wheat pastas and rice noodles, which lack nutritional value. Because buckwheat stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, and fights inflammation, it is classified as a superfood. If you’re looking to live without gluten, make sure your soba noodles have not been produced on the same equipment as wheat-based products and are totally gluten-free.
  • tick Easy Entertaining
  • tick Make Ahead
  • tick Vegetarian
  • tick Pasta
  • tick Gluten Free
  • tick Dairy Free

Ingredients

 
One 9.5-oz [269-g] package buckwheat soba noodles 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp tamari, plus more as needed 1 tbsp lime juice, plus more as needed
2 tsp honey 2 tbsp sesame seeds
4 cups [280 g] sliced King Trumpet or shiitake mushrooms kosher salt
2 cups [220 g] sliced asparagus 1 carrot, peeled and julienned
2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tbsp chopped mint
2 tbsp chopped basil 2 green onions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced

Preparation

 
Prepare the soba noodles according to the package instructions. While they’re cooking, whisk together 2 Tbsp of the sesame oil, the tamari, lime juice, and honey. When the noodles are done, drain them, rinse with cool water, then place in a medium bowl and toss with the tamari mixture.

Place a cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sesame seeds and toast, stirring constantly, until fragrant and just browned, about 2 minutes. Add to the noodles. Return the pan to medium-high heat. When it is very hot, add 2 tsp of the remaining sesame oil and swirl, then add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt. Allow the mushrooms to sit without stirring until seared on one side, about 2 minutes, then stir and cook for 2 minutes more. Place the mushrooms in a small bowl to cool.

Add the remaining 1 tsp sesame oil to the pan, followed by the asparagus. Cook for 1 minute, then add the carrot, garlic, and a pinch of salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add the vegetables to the mushrooms and allow to cool a bit, then place in the bowl with the noodles. Toss with the herbs and green onions. Taste, adding additional lime juice or tamari if needed for balance. Serve immediately.

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