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Category Archives: Pasta/Noodle/Rice

Ginger Tofu Dumplings
生姜豆腐ダンプリング

Terry and I are both huge dumpling lovers. You can use really anything as filling, but this time I decided to go for tofu as a base. I then added a few more ingredients, minced ginger, garlic, and cooked and chopped cabbage. I was going to use regular pot-sticker wrappers, but then I noticed that […]

Mushroom Spinach Lasagna
きのことほうれん草のラザニア

I like noodles and I make pasta a lot, but lasagna is a different story. For some reason, it’s something I only make for a special occasion. Well, for one thing, it includes multiple steps, a lot more than a simple pasta dish. So I made lasagna for dinner, but of course it took longer […]

Soboro Bento Box
テンペそぼろ弁当

Today it is well known that Japanese people eat with chopsticks. But did you know that they “cook” with chopsticks, too? For cooking we use larger sized chopsticks like these. I do cook with tongs and wooden spoons, but my go-to cooking utensil is still my old chopsticks that my mom got for me. I […]

Kon-Sai Soup
根菜汁

This soul-warming vegetable-packed soup definitely reminds me of home. Kon-Sai means root vegetables in Japan. One of the root vegetables in this soup is Daikon radish. I found this beauty at the local farmers market. This is called konjac and it’s a popular ingredient of this type of soup. Konjac is not a root vegetable […]

Moroccan Chickpea Stew with Roasted Veggies
ロースト野菜のせモロッコ風ひよこ豆シチュー

Last week Terry and I took a whole week off and enjoyed a few mini trips. The destination of one of the trips was our favorite city, Chicago. We LOVE Chicago for so many reasons, but one of the things we really enjoy doing there is trying different restaurants because there are so many options! […]

Tempeh Ragu Spaghetti with Eggplant
テンペ茄子スパゲッティ

Spaghetti is one of my absolute favorites. We had lunch served everyday at elementary school when I was growing up in Japan. It was not a cafeteria style they have in the U.S., but a set menu was served to everyone, so there were no choices available. We can certainly talk about pros and cons […]

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