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Japanese Hotcakes (ホットケーキ)

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I adore Japanese hotcakes (Japanese style pancakes).  They are sweeter and fluffier than the regular American style pancakes I grew up on.  In Japan there is an uber popular hotcake mix made by Morinaga that makes perfect fluffy hotcakes every time, and seems to be the way most people in Japan make hotcakes at home.  There […]

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Grilled Barramundi Pita Sandwich with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

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Barramundi—such a great name, and an even more delicious type of fish, with a mild buttery flavor and dense meaty texture.  Plus, with it’s moderate oil content, it’s an easy fish to cook, whether you grill it to serve in pita sandwiches like I did recently (recipe at the end of the post!), or you […]

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Miso Katsu (Japanese Breaded Pork Cutlet with Miso Sauce)

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This past weekend a Japanese friend came to visit, and at her request, I made miso katsu and miso soup for dinner.  (She was feeling a bit homesick!)  Miso Katsu is a version of tonkatsu (juicy breaded and deep-fried pork cutlets served with a thick, sweet and tangy sauce and served with shredded cabbage and steamed […]

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Buckwheat Crêpes with Avocado & Aged Cheddar Cheese

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Buckwheat crêpes filled with aged cheddar cheese and creamy slices of ripe avocado make for easy comfort food that can be enjoyed any time of day.  I’ve got a weakness for crêpes. 

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Yakisoba, Japanese Fried Noodles

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Yakisoba, pan-fried noodles tossed with vegetables, thinly sliced pork, and a sweet and savory sauce, is one of my favorite things to buy from the food vendors at a Japanese matsuri (festival). 

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Brown Rice Yaki Onigiri with Bacon and Avocado

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Yaki onigiri (grilled Japanese rice balls) are one of my favorite comfort foods.  I recently whipped up a batch, using brown rice instead of white rice to help us get an extra serving of whole grains into our day.  Then I topped the onigiri with a bit of bacon and chunks of creamy avocado.  Grilled […]

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Black Sesame Pudding (Kuro Goma Purin, 黒ごまプリン)

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Black sesame pudding (Kuro Goma Purin, 黒ごまプリン) may sound a bit strange if you’ve never had sesame seeds in a dessert, but let me promise you that this pudding not only works, but it is divine. 

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How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

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Onigiri (“oh-nee-gee-ree”) are Japanese rice balls and today I’m going to show you how easy they are to make!  As I was working on the material for this post, I realized that I’ve been writing about onigiri for a long time on this little piece of the inter-webs of mine.  I’ve been writing about the […]

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Tai no Shioyaki—Salt-Grilled Sea Bream

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Tai no Shioyaki (Salt-Grilled Sea Bream) Number of servings depends on size of fish used 1 whole tai snapper, head on, scales removed and cleaned sea salt Micro Greens Lemon/lime wedges Grated daikon radish seasoned with a few drops of soy sauce 1. Measure out 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt for each pound of fish. […]

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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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