Side Dish

Saffron Farro with Apricots and Pine Nuts for a New Year, New You

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The Mediterranean Diet, consisting of higher levels of olive oil, vegetables, fruit and fish, has been becoming increasingly more popular as more and more scientific studies are published linking a causal relationship between eating a Mediterranean diet and prevention of disease.  Then, in September of 2013, researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School in Britain released [...]

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Beaten Cucumber Pickles with Benimosu

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Benimosu no Tataki Kyuri, or Beaten Cucumber Pickles drizzled with Purple Sweet Potato Vinegar—a simple Japanese pickle that highlights the quality of the ingredients used, and a great way to work out some aggression in the kitchen.  I’ve talked about tsukemono, or Japanese pickles, before, but we’re going to touch on it again today.  We’re [...]

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Golden Purple Potato Salad

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I’m a potato lover.  After my trip to Idaho last fall, I went from being a Russet girl (though I still love my Russets!) to being a Klondike Goldust devotee.  I cannot get enough of their beautiful color and creamy flesh (and thin skin that I don’t have to peel!).  And then there are my [...]

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Luisa’s German Potato Salad

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I love a good potato salad, but I’m also quite picky about how I like it prepared.  I have three favorites—my mother-in-law’s potato salad, Japanese-style potato salad, and kartoffelsalat (German potato salad).  I love the sharp vinegary marinade of German potato salad, and the creamy tart flavor always reminds me of visits to Siegfried’s deli [...]

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Farina Kingsley’s Stir-Fried Asian Greens + Pantry Kit Giveaway!

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Dark leafy greens stir-fried in a smoky, sweet and spicy sauce make a wonderful addition to a fall or winter meal, and a fun way to explore the flavors of Southeast Asia.  I wrote recently about different ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet.  One idea I talked about was trying something [...]

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Roasted Potato Wedges with Gomashio (Japanese Sesame Salt)

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A match made in comfort food heaven: roasted potato wedges sprinkled with fragrant nutty gomashio—Japanese sesame salt, one of my all-time favorite condiments.  

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Endive Cashew Slaw + A Giveaway!

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With the warmer months upon us, and the kids out of school for the summer, we’ve been craving meals cooked on the grill.  I love evenings when Mr. Fuji cooks up a feast on our grill, while the girls play happily in the backyard.  Grilled vegetables, in a rainbow of colors, with juicy grilled chicken [...]

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Renkon no Sunomono (Marinated Lotus Root)

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Renkon no Sunomono (Marinated Lotus Root) Makes 6 servings 8-inch piece of renkon (lotus root) 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon salt Finely grated lemon rind, for garnish 1. Wash the renkon thoroughly, then peel off the outer layer with a vegetable peeler, and slice [...]

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Tazukuri (Soy Sauce Sugar-Glazed Sardines)

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Tazukuri (Soy Sauce Sugar-Glazed Sardines) Makes 4 servings 2 ounces gomame (dried baby sardines) 1/3 cup dashi (or water) 1/3 cup soy sauce 3 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon mirin 1 takanotsume (Japanese “hawk claw” pepper) (or substitute 1 dried red chile pepper) 1. Pick out any broken fish. [...]

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Kuri Kinton (Candied Chestnut & Japanese Sweet Potato Mash)

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Kuri Kinton (Candied Chestnut & Japanese Sweet Potato Mash) Recipe as shared by my friend Noriko Makes 6 to 8 servings 1 pound satsumaimo (Japanese sweet potatoes) 7 ounce bottle of kuri kanroni (candied chestnuts in syrup) pinch of salt mirin sugar 1. Peel the sweet potatoes then cut them [...]

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