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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A Hinamatsuri Story

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I know that Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) has come and gone, but I have to share this wonderful story about someone else’s celebration of the holiday.  Tiffany Silverberg is a talented and inspiring writer who I started following on Twitter about a year ago.  She is a freelance writer and consultant who helps clients better tell […]

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Hinamatsuri (Japanese Girls’ Day) 2012

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Hinamatsuri, Japanese Girls’ Day, is coming up this Saturday, March 3rd!  This holiday is near and dear to my heart.  With two little girls of my own, I love having a holiday that can be all about them.  I’ve written quite a bit about Hinamatsuri in the past, including a post about the first Hinamatsuri […]

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Orange Mochi Pancakes

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Orange Mochi Pancakes Makes approximately 16 (4-inch) pancakes 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup mochiko (sweet rice flour) 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 2 large eggs 1 cup milk 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon grated orange zest 1. Whisk the dry ingredients: Whisk […]

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Momofuku Milk Bar’s Compost Cookies & Hinamatsuri Notecards

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Momofuku Milk Bar’s Compost Cookies Recipe by Christina Tosi (Courtesy of The Amateur Gourmet and Regis & Kelly) Makes 15 6-ounce cookies 8 ounces (1 cup) butter 1 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 […]

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Hinamatsuri Flower Candy & Printable Gift Tags

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** This week we’re getting ready for Hinamatsuri (Japanese Girl’s Day, March 3rd) next week! Earlier this month I read a post on Serious Eats about making homemade conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day.  I immediately thought of adapting the recipe for Hinamatsuri, and used it to make flower shaped candies that are perfect for tying […]

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FM’s Quick & Easy Chirashi Sushi

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FM’s Quick & Easy Chirashi Sushi Makes 3 – 5 servings 2 cups warm, freshly prepared steamed Japanese rice 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt Kinshi tamago (shredded egg crêpes) or sweetened scrambled eggs Assorted toppings: Cooked shrimp, green beans/snow peas, thinly sliced carrots, thinly sliced cucumber, nori (dried seaweed) […]

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Onigiri—Squirrel’s Favorite Oyatsu

Today is Hinamatsuri (雛祭り) in Japan, the Japanese Doll Festival , or Girls’ Day, held every year on March 3, the third day of the third month. I love this holiday because it is a day when families pray for and celebrate the happiness and prosperity of their girls. Being the mom of two little […]

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Hinamatsuri—Part Deux

It has been one of those weeks where it seems that hours disappear each time I blink. So here I am finally telling you what we did to celebrate Hinamatsuri! As I explained before, Hinamatsuri is celebrated on March 3rd. Families with young daughters celebrate this event at home to ensure their daughter’s future happiness. […]

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