Tofu Castella Cheesecake

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I recently made a tofu cheesecake for dessert—a no-bake, lightened up version of cheesecake that uses tofu and powdered gelatin.  Usually when I make cheesecake, lightened up or not, I make it in some sort of cookie crust.  As I was whipping up the filling for this cheesecake, however, the process reminded me of a […]

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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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Gyudon (Japanese Beef Bowl)

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This time of year has me reaching for quick comfort foods to fill my family up and give us the energy we need to survive the holiday madness, without spending hours in the kitchen.  I’m sharing one of my favorite comfort food recipes in the premier issue of FoodieCrush magazine—my recipe for gyudon, a Japanese […]

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Simmered Kabocha Squash

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Simmered Kabocha Squash (Kabocha Nimono) Makes 4 servings Recipe from lafujimama.com 1/2 kabocha squash (about 1 pound) 2 cups dashi 2 tablespoons mirin 1 small piece kombu (about 2-inches square) 2 teaspoons light colored soy sauce (usukuchi soy sauce) (or regular soy sauce if usukuchi isn’t available) 1. Wash the kabocha well, then scoop out […]

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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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Japanese Chicken Curry Rice

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Japanese Chicken Curry Rice Makes 6 to 8 servings 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs with skin on, cut into 1-inch chunks 1/4 cup cornstarch 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 large yellow onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 4 teaspoons curry powder (I use S&B) 2 teaspoons kosher salt […]

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Japanese Steamed Egg Buns (Mushi Pan) + A Giveaway!

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Japanese Steamed Egg Buns (Mushi Pan) Makes 8 buns 2 eggs, beaten 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk 2 tablespoons milk 2 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1. Preheat a steamer filled with water on high heat. 2. Whisk together the beaten […]

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Fujigami Candy Box

A couple of weeks ago fellow blogger, friend, and crafty woman extraordinaire, Miss Lolly, posted a free download for paper that you can print out called “Ella.”I instantly fell in love with the pattern and decided that I needed a little candy box to sit next to my computer so that I’d have instant access […]

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