Sous Vide Ginger Chicken with Ginger Sesame Miso Sauce

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During the summer I embarked on an adventure to explore the world of sous vide cooking, which came to a screeching halt when we pulled up roots and moved.  Well, I’m finally getting the cogs in motion again, and boy does it feel good!  Life in general has gotten a lot more normal . . […]

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Braised Alaskan Black Cod

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Alaska love has been flowing strong this year on American television, with Andrew Zimmern visiting Alaska’s Inside Passage on an episode of his show Bizarre Foods, and the most recent season of Top Chef drawing to a close with the final four contestants earning the chance to visit Juneau, Alaska and competing using seafood from […]

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Garden Vegetable Chowder

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Garden Vegetable Chowder Makes 3 to 4 servings For the mushroom stock: 3 1/2 cups water 1/2 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms 1 piece kombu (approximately 6-square inches in size) For the chowder: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium-size carrot, sliced 1/4 cup diced onions 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 2 tablespoons […]

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How to make handmade udon noodles—it’s easier than you might think!

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Handmade Udon Noodles Recipe adapted from Harumi’s Japanese Home Cooking, by Harumi Kurihara Makes 4 servings 4 teaspoons salt 8 ounces (1 cup) warm water 2 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour bread flour, for dusting (in step 6) 1. Add the salt to the warm water and stir until […]

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Miso Pickled Garlic (Ninniku Miso-zuke)—All you need is 3 ingredients and a glass jar!

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Miso Pickled Garlic (Ninniku Miso-zuke) Makes 1/2 pound 1/2 pound fresh garlic cloves 1 cup aka-miso paste (red/brown miso paste) 1/4 cup mirin 1 quart glass jar (wide mouth is easier to use)1. Separate the garlic cloves and then cut off the root ends.  Remove the outer skin, and then […]

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Spicy Sobameshi

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Spicy Sobameshi Inspired by the Spicy Sobameshi recipe in Orange Page, February 17, 2010, p. 35 Makes 2 servings 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon mirin 1 teaspoon oyster sauce 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 4 ounces (1/4 pound) bacon (I like thick sliced), cut into lardons (small strips) 3. 5 ounces (a generous 1/2 […]

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Noriko’s Chirashi Sushi

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Chirashi Sushi Makes 4 – 6 servings 12 inches kampyo 2 large dried shiitake mushrooms 1.25 inches lotus root 1/2 carrot, sliced into thin matchsticks (not quite julienne but close!) 10 ounces dashi 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons mirin 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 ounces sushi vinegar (if you don’t have sushi vinegar, use 3 […]

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Kurigohan–Japanese Chestnut Rice

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Update 12/8/09: I'm excited to be a featured blogger on Oprah.com for Oprah.com's Holiday 2009 blow-out ~ come see our favorite holiday recipes! Japanese home cooking is all about cooking with what's in season.  Chestnuts are widely used in Japan when in season in a variety of ways.  They even show up in a Japanese […]

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Chef Hiro Sone’s Niku-Jaga

Memory is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to food.  I recently got a cookbook called Cooking from the Heart, a book put together by the organization Share Our Strength.  The book features recipes from one hundred of the country's well-known chefs.  The book is wonderful. Usually I love cookbooks with lots of pictures–I […]

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