Vietnamese Summer Rolls

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I have been on a bit of Heidi Swanson kick lately. It’s a real love-hate relationship though. I feel as though her life is one large Anthropologie ad. In her cook book Near and Far, she has a section with recipes for “en route” (IDK if that’s what she actually calls it, but I’m calling it that..) Basically it is recipes she makes to take with her on the plane when she travels. One of those recipes was Summer Rolls. (I also call these fresh rolls…not sure what the correct name is.) I will likely never in my life make summer rolls to take on an airplane and instead eat a shitty pizza in the airport (I am too good for plane food but definitely not above airport fast food). Although these will never be an “en route” recipe for me, these were definitely a fun dinner at home recipe. Continue reading

Soba Noodle Salad

Soba Noodle Salad

Soba Noodle Salad

The past two weeks have been busy at work (I teach 10th and 12th grade English), and I have been sick. My sweet husband has been doing all the cooking, and I have not had extra time for blogging! We spent the weekend in Raleigh with family, which was the perfect medicine for feeling better. The highlight for me was definitely going to the Duke gardens for the first time. The gardens were pretty, but I mostly enjoyed running around in the mud while throwing frisbee and football. I probably should be more lady-like, but I really can’t resist the urge to get my feet muddy and show the boys what it means to “play like a girl.” Before coming home we stopped at an Asian market, and I had to buy the ingredients for one of my favorite noodle salads from the cookbook Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. Continue reading