Make Your Own Japanese Curry Roux Blocks

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One of my personal favorite recipes is my Japanese curry (aka, curry rice).  In Japan, when people make curry at home, they usually use an instant curry roux (available in a block or powder form) to make the curry sauce or purchase pre-made curry sauce that is packaged in vacuum-sealed bags.  Many recipes for Japanese […]

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Stay-at-home Japanese Vegan Cream Stew (クリームシチュー)

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Dinner at our house has been a parade of one comfort food dish after another lately.  Are any of you in the same boat?  Our meal last Sunday was no exception.  I made Japanese Cream Stew (クリームシチュー)—a popular Japanese yoshoku dish (yoshoku is a form of Japanese-western fusion cuisine).  Cream stew is a mix of […]

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Grow Your Own Mung Bean Sprouts At Home!

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*Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links that earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products I personally use and love, or think my readers will find useful. Need a project to start this week?  I’ve got a great one for you, or your kids, or both!  Grow […]

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Ozenzai — Sweet Red Bean Soup (おぜんざい)

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Ozenzai (おぜんざい), a sweet red bean soup, is a very popular, traditional Japanese dessert.  It is made with adzuki beans and can be served over toasted mochi, shiratama dango, or a cooked grain, like millet.  It’s one of my (many) favorite desserts and it really made my week this week.

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Eryngii Suimono (Clear Soup with King Oyster Mushrooms)

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This post is a longtime in coming.  I meant to post it last month, but then things got a little crazy with everything happening in the world, thanks to Covid-19.  This week is spring break for my Fujilings and I’m finally getting a moment to breathe, so here I am!  Last month I posted about […]

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Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) 2020

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March 3rd is Hinamatsuri in Japan.  Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Festival or Doll Festival), is a celebration dedicated to girls, in which their parents pray for the good health and happiness of their daughters.  This is one of my favorite Japanese celebrations, naturally, being the mother of three girls!

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Tofu Katsu Onigirazu (Tofu Cutlet Rice Ball Sandwich)

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*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Nasoya. We are huge fans of Nasoya’s products—not only because they’re easy to find (even Walmart has their products!), but they are super high quality, using simple and clean ingredients like water, soy, and salt.  They have been a leading provider of natural and organic foods […]

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide

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*Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links that earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products I personally use and love, or think my readers will find useful. Are you still looking for a gift for any food lovers/cooks in your life?  There are some things that I […]

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Mushroom Ochazuke (Tea and Rice)

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Have you ever heard of ochazuke (“oh-chaw-zoo-kay”)?  If you aren’t super familiar with Japanese cuisine, probably not, which is so sad!  Ochazuke is a simple, comfort food dish made with rice (often as a way to use up leftover rice) with hot tea (or hot water or broth) poured over it and toppings, whether it […]

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Charred Corn Onigiri

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TGIF!  It’s been a long week in our neck of the woods and I am looking forward to a less-busy weekend.  It has been awhile since I shared an onigiri recipe for you, so I’m rectifying that today!  I love the flavor of charred corn, and after finding some beautiful corn at the store recently, […]

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