Natto Nametake Spaghetti

When Japanese people see someone from outside of Japan, quite a lot of time they ask about whether they know Natto or have tried it yet.    For those who don’t know what the heck is Natto, it is fermented soybean, typically appearing in Japanese breakfast. Because natto is fermented, they have a unique smell…

Japanese Fusion Aglio e Olio

Happy World Pasta Day! Did you know, today 10/25 is the day to enjoy Italian signature dish, pasta! My dinner buddy doesn’t like stepping out of the basic way, especially when it’s about pasta. It’s not true, but he thinks he has Italian roots because he loves Italian food. Therefore, when I make Italian food…

Mushroom Yuzu Pasta

Happy National Mushroom day!  Did you know, today 10/15 is the day to appreciate mushrooms and enjoy them!  While being familiar with the canned one, I’ve never seen fresh white or cremini mushroom until I came to the US. Until then, I loved eating shiitake mushroom or shimeji mushroom, and I was taught that I…

Eggplant Gratin Boat

Happy Friday! Welcome, another weekend is coming! And did you know, tomorrow is a special day for us who like cooking because tomorrow 9/24 is National Cooking Day!    Looking back on my life, cooking and I have a close relationship. I started to help my mom cook, especially when our dinner was fried food…

Edamame Pasta

There is always edamame when we are drinking, but never the main dish.  When drinking alcohol, especially almost frozen beer on summer days, people prefer to eat edamame a lot, but can you name edamame dishes as the main course of your meal?  I couldn’t until I met this recipe. The cute light green is…

Mac n Cheese

Happy National Mac n Cheese Day! Did you know, today 7/14 is the day to enjoy the American Soul Food: Mac n cheese!  When I arrived in the US, I was surprised that they were kids’ meals. After more than 10 years later, I was surprised again to hear that they are the typical side…