Soup with Friends

Soba Noodles in Shiitake-Shoyu Broth with Asparagus and Egg

The post on Serious Eats that got my attention

Herbivoracious cookbook by Micahel Natkin on Amazon

I wanted to really love this soup.  There were a lot of things that were very attractive about the recipe, including the soba noodles (yum), the inclusion of hard boiled eggs (my favorite soup ingredient), the pan-fried asparagus (a delicous and in-season veggie) . . . On top of all that, I was planning on feeding a pair of meat-adverse women, so the inclusion of tofu instead of meat and the fact that the broth was described as “unami-rich” despite being vegetarian pushed the recipe right to the top of the priority list.

The Occasion

My oldest and dearest friend, and one of my favorite cooking buddies, has just arrived back home in Alaska, so my lady and I invited her over for dinner and to watch the U.S. soccer friendly against Brazil.

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