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Everything's Better With- HAM!!! 
Aug. 31, 2010 8:14 am 
Two weeks ago, the little group I started at the beginning of the summer had our last Miyazaki movie screening. Since we watched all of Hayao Miyazaki's films in chronological order, the last one we saw was his most recent, Ponyo: On the Cliff by the Sea (a VERY LOOSE retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid").

Usually, the host (which was me all but three times) would provide some very light snackage and people were encouraged to either brings snacks or drinks to share with others, or just some dinner for themselves.

This time, though, since it was our last film of the summer, I decided to make everyone a little theme dinner.

In the movie, our two little protagonists get treated to yummy little power outage dinner by Sosuke's mother. Sosuke and his mother teach Ponyo how to make ramen, then Sosuke's mom tells them to close their eyes and dresses up the simple ramen noodles with some delicious goodies!

I thought it would be too much fun to treat everyone to some Ponyo-style ramen, and our host for that week, Regina, agreed!

What you'll need to make Ponyo-style HAM!!! ramen:

-1 "brick" pork ramen
-1/2 package pork ramen seasoning
-2-3 cups of boiling hot water (depending on how soupy you like your ramen)
-1 thick slice of ham cut in half
-1 hard boiled egg, halved
-1 T chopped green onion

-Fresh minced garlic
-Siracha Chili Sauce (the Vietnamese red chili sauce with the rooster on the bottle)
-Crushed red pepper flakes
-Chili powder
-Low-sodium pork bullion

Putting it together is relatively easy. Break the brick in half, then open up the package of ramen. Put the noodles in a large soup bowl (or ramen bowl, if you have one) and sprinkle half of the included seasoning on the noodles. Put two to three cups of the boiling water directly in the bowl (again, depending on how soupy you like your ramen or what the package directions might say) and cover with a plate.

Heat up a small skillet to medium/medium-high and cook your ham. You can either just warm it up a bit, or brown it, depending on your tastes.

Lift the plate covering your bowl and give the noodles a good prod and stir with your chop-sticks. Then put the two half-slices of ham on top of each other, half of the egg next to the ham slices and the chopped green onion in the leftover empty space. Put cover back on and let it sit for another minute or two, until the noodles are nice and tender.

You did it! You made a yummy Ponyo snack that just about everyone will enjoy!!

Not you can taste it and decide to dress it up more if you like. If you think the noodles don't have enough pork flavor (since we did toss about half of that super-salty seasoning), you can add some pork bullion, but it usually just fine without it.

I enjoy my noodles spicy and garlicy, so I add just about everything on the optional list :)

I managed to make this for about 20 people that night and it was so much fun and our usually rowdy crowd quieted down and enjoyed these delicious noodles together before we watched the movie.

There's just something special about sharing a simple, tasty dinner with the people you're closest to.

I wish I would have taken photos, but I was too busy serving up the goodness and chatting with everyone that night and my camera ended up staying parked in my pocket until after we finished eating!

Did make this with my family last week as a quick-and-easy dinner. Mom just rolled her eyes and laughed, saying she hadn't had ramen noodles since her college days, but that it had never tasted quite this good!

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I've grown up in a family of amateur chefs. My dad is the grill maste, my mom is the oven improv queen, my grandmas are lean, mean baking machines, my uncles have great taste in wine and my aunts know how to cook for the masses. I used to love spending time in the kitchen with them when I was a kid; learning as I watched and helped them prepare meals. Now I have a pretty good sense of my own taste and cooking ability. I definitely have a love of baking and making sweets, mostly because it creates a great excuse to invite people over =) Other than that, I'm pretty adventurous in the kitchen. I love foods with strong, complex flavors. Growing up in Texas, I developed a taste for spicy food and can't get enough of it. Right now, I'm concentrating on healthy meals with balanced nutrition to help myself and my family get in great shape for this summer and the future =)
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I love to bake. Cooking anything is fun, but put a cake pan or some muffin tins in front of me and I just get excited =)
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I love all the baking tips I've gotten from my grandparents who are some of the best bakers EVER and the patience I've learned from my mother, who makes the best northern-style chili you will ever eat!
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I love to entertain and make tapas for parties. I think some of my greatest triumphs have been snack foods for parties and conventions ranging from Mediterranean shrimp croustinis to heart healthy blackberry mini-muffins =)
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Fondant. I have never been able to really get fondant down. I can usually make it alright, but something always goes wrong when I'm trying to use it. I'm very much a perfectionist, so when it doesn't look JUST RIGHT, it bugs me =P
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