Two Roads & A Recipe with Yakisoba

IMG_1402This week while sifting through more of my son’s things I found two memory cards in a camera hard case. As I dusted some fine golden sand out of the case I remembered sending him the cards in a care package while he was stationed in Afghanistan.DSCN0487

Seeing more than a hundred photos up on the screen it reminded me of the adventurous boy whose travels took him far and wide to some places I did not recognize. The photos of him and the places he had left a footprint on tugged at my heart, but only a smile emerged. His story may have been short, but his journey so full. I am thankful for that. Yes, I have travelled a long way, too. So, I continue to share.DSCN0459

In light of recent events in Orlando the only advice I have for parents who have lost their loved ones is to hold tight to each other. You will travel the grief road as individuals, but you will need the support of each other to keep you on the path to peace. Honor your loved one, have Courage and make a Commitment to love and kindness always. Share it.DSCN0367

Time to share some good food. Two roads and a recipe is always a fun challenge especially when fusion of foreign cuisines is involved. It’s a wonderful creative distraction that I get to share with all of you in this blogger’s challenge contest. It makes me smile. I hope you like what I prepared with Fortune Brand Yakisoba Noodles. Coming in a variety of flavors check the refrigerated section of your grocery store (Von’s, Pavilions and Safeway in Pennsylvania) for this easy to prepare product that inspired so many other recipes that I had to share at least two of these new family favorites. Today, it’s Asian gone Italian in two tasty noodle dishes. First up is a mandarin orange stir-fry twist on chicken picatta. Enjoy the harmony.


Citrus Chicken Picatta & Noodle Stir-Fry

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 Package Fortune Brand Yakisoba Noodles with Mandarin Orange Flavor Packet

2 cups diced boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

¼ cup dry white wine or chicken broth*

½ cup chicken broth

1-tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1-tablespoon small capers, rinsed

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

Garnish: fresh lemon and oranges slices and fresh herbs, optional

Puncture inner bag of noodles a few times with the tip of a sharp knife to allow steam to escape. Microwave noodles on HIGH for 1 minute; set aside. Season chicken with salt and pepper and toss with flour to coat. Heat olive oil over medium-high. Add chicken; stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes or until no longer pink. Add garlic, shallots and pepper flakes; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add wine; cook for 2 minutes or until reduced by half stirring to loosen browned bits from bottom of skillet. Add loosened noodles, Mandarin Orange flavor packet, chicken broth, lemon juice and capers; stirring for 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh parsley. Garnish with lemon and orange slices and fresh herbs, if desired.

*Note: If you prefer not to use wine use additional chicken broth as a substitute


caprese noodle burger


My second recipe includes a classic summer Italian salad topping your favorite burger on a most surprising noodle bun. The bun is a play on an omelet my mom used to make with leftover spaghetti. They not only make a great burger bun, but also delicious as the base for an opened-faced sandwich, too. The noodle buns can even be made ahead and re-warmed on the grill, stove-top or in the microwave.


Caprese Noodle Burger

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 package Fortune Brand Yokisoba Stir Fry Noodle Mandarin Orange

¼ cup water

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

8 leaves shredded fresh basil

½ cup diced vine ripened tomatoes

2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1-teaspoon balsamic syrup

2 hamburger patties

4 slices fresh mozzarella

Place the noodles, water and half the sauce base in a microwave safe dish. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Mix well and spread out on a plate to cool. When noodles are cool mix with eggs, parmesan and 2 leaves of shredded basil. Divide noodles into 4 portions and shape each portion into a 4-inch “bun” on plastic wrap lined plates. Bring plastic wrap up and over the buns to cover. Weight down with another plate and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, basil, 2 teaspoons olive oil and balsamic syrup in a bowl; mix well. Sprinkle hamburger patties evenly with remaining sauce mix; grill or pan-fry to desired doneness topping with mozzarella during last few minutes of cooking time. In a large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Unwrap noodle buns and add to skillet. Cook, 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through. Arrange a noodle bun on each plate. Top with a burger and some tomato-basil salad. Cover with remaining noodle buns.

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My son’s favorite poem inspired “Two Roads and a Recipe”

11 thoughts on “Two Roads & A Recipe with Yakisoba

  1. I gasped out loud when I read you found those 2 memory cards. I almost couldn’t even get past that. I’ll need to read your post again and again to actually absorb anything else other than the fact you found the memory cards. You are brave. You are courageous. You offer the best advice. Not to mention, you can cook your ass off! I love you my dear friend and admire you and William both. You two have so much to share, and you do it with grace and dignity.

    • And I have looked through that box of stuff a dozen times, but maybe my heart wasn’t ready until now to find them. I am glad I finally opened the camera case because the photos continue to tell his story of the places he’s been and the people he loves. AS for cooking–it’s just fun and keeps me out of trouble 🙂 I love you too and thank you for being so kind.

  2. Lisa, my heart stopped beating for a second when I read the first of this post. You are brave to look at those pictures as you never know what you might see in a war zone or just some pictures of Will. But I guess the pictures of Will would come as a blessing. You are an inspiration to others that have lost a child. May God bless you.

    • I did not hesitate for a second to see what my boy was up to on those photos. The good news is that it was all good and I have many more to share here in new blog posts. Thank you for the blessing and kind words.

  3. And if I could add a postscript to your wise words, Lisa:

    For those who have lost loved ones, especially children, but who do not have a partner to share the loss:

    Find strength and purpose by holding tight to what was important in your lost one’s life. Celebrate and embrace what he or she held dear; seek his or her qualities in the lives of others and then support them in whatever way you can; carry on with your own life by carrying his or her spirit forward with you … not just in grief, but in love, in hope, and in commitment to making this a better world.

    It will not be easy; it will not replace the loved one who has been lost; but it will offer a measure of healing and can be a sometimes surprising source of comfort.

  4. What an amazingly wonderful find in the camera case – a gift from your Will to you. You will treasure every photo forever. Oh and Lisa, I love your noodle buns! I did something like that once, but I don’t think it held together as well as yours did! xoxo my friend!

    • I think the trick to the noodle buns is chilling and weighting them down. Yes, the photos are real treasures

    • you are a wonderful example of showing love and kindness to all–it just comes natural. The world needs more Mins

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