Eggs & Tofu

Omurice + Win a year’s supply of eggs!

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With the arrival of Spring and the approach of Easter Sunday, eggs are everywhere.  As I was preparing to write this post, all of the eggs I was seeing in stores and decor got me to thinking about the versatility of the egg.  If you think about it eggs are one of the most versatile […]

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Baked Shio Koji French Toast

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien   Every year on Christmas morning, as soon as my brothers and I were all awake and my parents gave us the go-ahead, we’d run to the fireplace to see what Santa had left in […]

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Cheater Cheese Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette) and Bento Safety

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Tamagoyaki (卵焼き), which translates literally to mean “grilled egg,” is a Japanese omelette made by rolling up many thin layers of cooked seasoned egg.  Tamagoyaki is sweet and savory and is served for breakfast, as nigirizushi, and is very popular in bento lunches—so it is the perfect dish for my Bento Buddy series!

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DIY Tofu

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Making tofu is just like making a simple cheese—you heat soy milk, then add a coagulant to separate the milk into curds and whey.  You then ladle the curds into a mold to press them into a block of cheese, or in this case, tofu!  I’ve written about making tofu before here on LFM, but […]

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Vegetarian Taco Rice

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I’ve never met a taco I didn’t like.  So when I discovered takoraisu (i.e., “taco rice”), a Japanese twist on the taco, while living in Japan, you can imagine that I was just a little excited to add another favorite to my taco family.  In taco rice, rice takes the place of the taco shell, and […]

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Jarlsberg Cheese Souffle

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” Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.” — Julia Child Oh what a wise woman Julia Child was!  If […]

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Tamago Kake Gohan (Egg Over Rice)

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Tamago kake gohan (卵かけご飯) (“egg over rice”) is a popular Japanese breakfast dish, which consists of hot steamed Japanese rice, topped with raw egg, and toppings.  Ten years ago I doubt that the thought of eating a raw egg would have sounded the least bit appetizing.  (Although I’ve never been one to turn down a […]

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Sautéed Endive with Toasted Israeli Couscous and Poached Eggs

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Sautéed Endive with Toasted Israeli Couscous and Poached Eggs Makes 4 servings 1 cup Israeli couscous 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 1/4 pounds California endive (or Belgian endive), hard ends trimmed, leaves separated 1/2 cup chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup distilled […]

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Nabeyaki Udon

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Nabeyaki Udon Makes 5 servings 6 ounces fresh spinach leaves 6 cups dashi (basic Japanese sea stock) 1/3 cup soy sauce 3 tablespoons mirin 1 teaspoon salt 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger 2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on the diagonal 2 leeks, cleaned and cut into 1-inch slices on […]

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Chocolate Egg Nog

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Chocolate Egg Nog 8 to 10 servings Recipe Notes: If you don’t have Crio Brü, you can substitute unsweetened chilled hot chocolate or more milk.  But if you want the best flavor, using the Crio Brü is a must!  If you stand it, make the egg nog a day ahead of when you want to […]

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