Greek Salad — Fresh, Vibrant, Easy

Greek Salad— Fresh, Vibrant, EasyAll the Right Stuff for a Superb Greek Salad

Such incredible abundance and variety of beautiful produce this time of year. Colorful, filled to overflowing displays at farmers’ markets with late summer’s bounty. All the right stuff for a superb Greek Salad: ripe, sweet and juicy tomatoes, cool, crisp cucumbers and full-flavored herbs. Continue reading

Potato Salad for July 4th & Beyond

Potato Salad for July 4th & BeyondColorful Potatoes All Dressed Up w/ Mustard Vinaigrette & Fresh Herbs

Tasty and tender red, white & blue fingerling potatoes tossed with garden herbs and a flavorful Mustard Vinaigrette. A color-appropriate and standout potato salad for picnics and barbecues this 4th of July and all through the year. Continue reading

Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video

Tossed Green Salad Recipe & Video

Tossed Green Salad w/ Crunchy Spring Vegetables & Herbs

Adding crunchy vegetables and fresh herbs makes a tossed green salad as fresh and vibrant as spring itself. Prepare your own dressing for a fresher, lighter and healthier salad.  Continue reading

Savory Zucchini Pancakes w/ Garden Herbs

Savory Zucchini Pancakes w Parsley, Basil, Scallions & ThymeGarden Bountiful

What to do? You’ve got a veritable zucchini factory growing in your garden or perhaps a CSA box with an over abundance of summer squash and you’re Continue reading

Jade Salad w/ Broccoli, Snow Peas, Sugar Snaps & Sobas

Jade Salad w/ Broccoli, Snow Peas, Sugar Snaps & SobasOne Lucky Duckling

A mallard duck made her nest just under my office window aside our delphiniums. She sat patiently for a month. We only saw her move to adjust her position. Each day I would stop and look Continue reading

Long-Cooked Green Bean, Tomato & Chickpea Stew

Long-Cooked Green Bean Stew after 15 minutes (c) jfhaugenA Pan for Almost Everything

Great pots and pans make cooking so much more enjoyable. For a number of months I had been admiring a certain All Clad simmer/sauté pan—the perfect size, 12 inches, with high (5 ¾ inch) sides and a lid 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