Japanese

Sesame Green Beans with Bacon and Chestnuts + 6 more Thanksgiving Recipes & A Giveaway!

15 more days until Thanksgiving Day here in the US!  Are you ready?  If you’re not, never fear!  Between now and the time you sit down to begin your Thanksgiving meal I plan on sharing some ideas and recipes that will help you nail down a meal plan.  It was three years ago (although it [...]

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Vegetable Yaki Udon for a Moon Viewing Bento

Squirrel’s second grade class has been studying the moon for the past couple of weeks, and she’s been charting the moon’s changes each evening at home as an assignment for her Chinese class.

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Japanese Mini Hamburgers

When you say hamburger here in the US, the image conjured to mind is a meat patty, usually cooked on a grill, served inside a bun, sometimes with a variety of condiments or toppings.  When you say hamburger in Japan (ハンバーグ–”hambagu”), the image conjuired to mind is much different—a meat patty that is like a [...]

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Spicy Cucumber Guacamole Sushi Roll—Getting back into a school routine

You’d think that it would be harder for my girls to get back into their school routines, especially considering this is Bug’s first year of formal schooling as a kindergartner.

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Japanese Potato Salad

It’s picnic season!  Are you as excited as I am?  I love eating outdoors, whether it’s taking a picnic to the park, or sitting out in our backyard while Mr. Fuji grills up something amazing.  Plus, we’ve got the Fourth of July coming up soon, which is a prime opportunity to serve a feast outside. [...]

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Making Nibuta (Japanese Simmered Pork Shoulder)

I am not a huge meat eater, with one exception—there is a huge pig-shaped spot in my heart—I love pork.  Thankfully (unfortunately?) my friend Noriko understands.  Last month we spent Spring Break in Japan, staying at Noriko’s house.  Our kids had a blast spending every waking moment together, and are still bemoaning the fact that [...]

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Sous Vide Ginger Chicken with Ginger Sesame Miso Sauce

During the summer I embarked on an adventure to explore the world of sous vide cooking, which came to a screeching halt when we pulled up roots and moved.  Well, I’m finally getting the cogs in motion again, and boy does it feel good!  Life in general has gotten a lot more normal . . [...]

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Honey Ginger Chicken Soboro Onigiri

As I mentioned yesterday, I filmed a segment for Studio 5 that was all about onigiri.  I had an absolute blast.  Brooke Walker, the host, is a doll, and was a great sport making onigiri with me.  The first time you make an onigiri, it usually falls apart (it takes one or two to learn [...]

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An Onigiri Primer

Yesterday I spent part of the day filming another segment for an episode of Studio 5 which airs today.  My segment was all about onigiri (“oh-nee-gee-ree”). (My recipe for Honey Ginger Chicken Soboro Onigiri, which I made in the segment, is posted here!)  Since TV time is short, I only got to make the briefest of [...]

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Meyer Mandarin Kosho, a twist on classic Japanese citrus pepper paste

Although our holidays were wonderful, they did not go quite as planned.  Squirrel came down with a stomach virus a few days before the start of Christmas break.  We left to drive to California 4 days later, thinking we were in the clear, because Squirrel had survived the stomach virus and no one else appeared [...]

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