Food History

Fuji Chicken Noodle Soup

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This post is brought to you by McCormick. Chicken noodle soup is a dish entrenched in American culture, and although it seems that every family has a chicken noodle soup recipe, each of those recipes has subtle, and sometimes not-so-subtle, differences.  Some soups feature a light broth, whereas others sport a heavier cream base.  Some […]

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Jam Sessions

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When I was in the fourth grade, my family moved into a new house across town.  The house had a steep slope that started at the far edge of the backyard and dropped down to another street.  Dirt trails switched back and forth across the hill, making it possible to reach different sections of the […]

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Osechi Ryori for Japanese New Year

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Hold on to your hats, because the next few days are going to be a whirlwind of posts to get you ready for the New Year, Japanese style!  As I mentioned in my post about tai no shioyaki last week, osechi-ryori are traditional Japanese New Year foods.  Today I’m going to share some of my […]

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Oxtail Ramen—When food is more than food.

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Oxtail Ramen Makes about 6 servings For the Oxtail Stock: 5 pounds oxtail, cut in cross-sections of roughly the same thickness 1 medium yellow onion, cut into quarters 1 large leek, green part only, cut in half and rinsed thoroughly 1 1/2 ounces fresh ginger (a section about 3-inches long), sliced 1 head garlic, separated […]

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Chocolate: The Exhibition, at MUZEO—A Sweet Experience

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“Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine.” — Geronimo Piperni, quoted by Antonio Lavedan, surgeon in the Spanish army, 1796 Aaaah, chocolate! Only one of my all-time favorite things on the planet!  If you’re going to be […]

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Nikuman—Japanese Steamed Pork Buns

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Nikuman Makes 8 buns For the dough: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup warm milk For the filling: 4 ounces ground pork 1/3 onion, finely chopped 1.5 ounces boiled bamboo shoots, finely chopped 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce 2 teaspoons […]

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Grandma: Raiding the larder of my memory.

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Although I wasn’t planning on posting anything new until the technical issues for my “top secret” project were resolved, circumstances arose that have changed my mind.  My maternal grandmother passed away early yesterday morning.  Although the death of a loved one is always a hard thing to experience, I am also grateful for the reminder […]

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Today I’m over on Steamy Kitchen sharing my SUPER TOP SECRET recipe for gyoza. Click on over to get my recipe!

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5-Layer Ice Cream Cake

“Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.” – Don Kardong, 1976 U.S. Olympic Marathoner About two weeks ago I was standing in my grandma’s kitchen while she got dessert ready for everyone. “This is a trick I learned from Tutu*,” she said as she pushed small scoops of vanilla ice cream onto cones […]

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Celebrating with Julia Child

I have always loved food. My mother tells me that I have always eaten everything, unlike my siblings who tended to be pickier at times (with the exception of an 18-year period where I didn’t eat yams because they made me sick). My love for food was even used against me once when my mother […]

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