Afghan noodles (recipe in the comments)
Here's another recipe I can't believe I haven't blogged! This is a classic I grew up with. My mom got this out of a Time Warner Cookbook series she has - the "Fresh Ways" series. This was one of my first exposures to ethnic cooking at home, launching a major focus of my cooking career. At this point, I doubt this is in any way an authentic Afghan meal, but it is definitely not a traditional flavor. The mix of chili powder, yogurt and mint in the sauce blends in truly unexpected ways with a pretty standard tomato/meat sauce for pasta. This is one of the recipes we could eat FAR more often then we do, making it seem crazy that we haven't had it in over one and a half years. At any rate, this is wonderful. Everyone should add these flavors to their repertoire!
Chopping: Mint, onion, garlic
Time: 40 minutes
Make ahead: This sauce is fabulous left over or even made ahead and frozen for a later meal.
J: "I've missed this - a lot."
M: "Fabulous blast from our past!"