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Brunch News Sunday – Red River Flood

Middle Eastern Angel Hair Pasta Hot Honey Cake

Middle Eastern Angel Hair Pasta Hot Honey Cake from North Dakota Wheat commission and my kitchen

This week the Red River on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota is starting to swell at the beginning of what may be a very long flood season for the region. This region is filled with interesting dishes from Germany and Scandinavia that you will not see past these borders.  Here are some dish suggestions, photo tours, and local stories to help you bring the Red River to your brunch or dinner table tonight.

The Meal

Entree

North Dakota Knoephla Soup – Dumplings in chicken broth with potato and carrots.

Fleischkuechle – Ground beef turnovers from the recipe collection of NDSU “Germans from Russia” website.

Sweedish Lutefisk – As the recipe states “you acquire a taste for (like Haggis).” Very simple – fish, lye and a saw.

Side Dish

Middle Eastern Angel Hair Pasta Hot Honey Cakes – Great brunch entrée or dinner side dish.  Super easy to make, could easily change the spices to match any meal.

Minnesota Wild Rice – collection of side dishes, salads, and even a pie from the Visit Minnesota website.

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Posted by on 10 April 2011 in United States of America

 

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9 March 2011 Dinner News – Sendai, Japan

Earthquakes Cluster in Northern Japan

Looking past the Iron Chefs and local Sushi parlors that have become part of the suburban experience around the world, take a night to visit the mountains and shore of Iwate Prefecture and bring the culture of rural Japan to your dinner table. This prefecture is known for it’s bountiful harbors, beautiful mountains, and soba noodle eating competitions:

A Trip to Iwate (Iwate Prefecture Tourism Portal Site)
Iwate Photos (Trek Earth)
Various foods from mountains and villages – Morioka, Iwate (Adventure Japan)

When planning a fundraiser for the victims or explaining to your children what life is like in the effected area consider some of the following dishes or hosting your own dinner table Wanko Soba competition. {Updated 11 March 2011 after 2nd round of earthquakes}

Host your own Wanko Soba competition

Wanko Soba

When eating at a noodle shop in this prefecture you can purchase a set number of small bowls with individual servings of soba noodles and a variety of condiments that vary per restaurant.  You may also choose to have a competition at your table as seen in the above picture.

Wearing the apron and winning the competition – remember that 15 bowls of Wanko is equal to 1 bowl at a regular soba shop

Miso Soup – step by step instructions with good photos and condiment suggestions for Miso in general.

Condiments – Tuna-Sashimi (raw fish). chicken or mushrooms with grated radish, grated yam, thin slivers of dried seaweed, green onion slices are among the options but the selection is almost limitless!

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Posted by on 9 March 2011 in Asia, Japan, Natural Disaster

 

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