Vietnamese Salad Rolls w/ Two Dipping Sauces

Vietnamese Salad Rolls w/ Spicy Peanut SauceNo single dish better represents the delicateness
of Vietnamese cuisine than this one.

—Mai Pham, the Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking

Quintessential Summer Fare

Goi cuon, whether translated as salad rolls, summer rolls or spring rolls, are always fresh Continue reading

Creamy Miso Soup w/ Veggies, Greens & Soba Noodles — Home Version

Creamy Miso Soup w/ Vegetables, Greens & Soba Noodles (c) jfhaugenCook Once, Eat Thrice!

Soup can be great for breakfast. On cooler mornings when I have an Japanese Symbol for Healthextra half hour or so, this Creamy Miso Soup is my choice. And then my husband Paul and I continue to appreciate the seemingly endless Continue reading

Roasted Orange Bell Pepper Sauce w/ Black Pasta

A Cored Yellow Pepper (c) jfhaugenIt’s Halloween

With everything ’round us orange and black,
in the holiday spirit here’s a dish to match.

Halloween recipes seem to be about sweets and treats or blood sausage Black Pasta (c) jfhaugenand offal. So I want to get this post up quickly so you’ll have something more balanced and less intimidating Continue reading

Mint & Scallion Soba Noodle Salad w/ Cucumber, Carrot & Green Bean Threads

Mint & Scallion Soba Noodle Salad (c) jfhaugen“Everything is Great with Soba Noodles.”

That is a direct quote from my husband, Paul. Our introduction to soba noodles came while we lived in Los Angeles and frequented an area around Sawtelle & Olympic Boulevards that has many Japanese shops and restaurants. We discovered what was soon to become our favorite restaurant, a “noodle bar” named Mishima. Continue reading

Miso Soup with Vegetables and Soba Noodles – Camping Version

Miso Soup with Veggies Camping Version (c) jfhaugenDining Creekside In Yellowstone Park

OUr view at the Otter Creek Picnic Area (c) jfhaugen

As we were camping in Yellowstone Park, no food or cooking items could be left unattended at the campsite. Our Toyota became our traveling dining car—packed with stove, utensils, knives, plates, bowls, wok with lid, and an ice chest filled with washed and partially prepped fresh veggies and already cooked soba noodles. Continue reading