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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Quick Mao Pao Tofu

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Quick Mao Pao Tofu Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups tofu mixture and 1/2 cup rice) Recipe from The Complete Quick Cook (with permission from publisher) 1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag rice (or 2 cups hot steamed rice) 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce, divided 2 tablespoons dry sherry or Shaoxing wine, divided (or […]

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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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Takikomi Gohan, Japanese Mixed Rice

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Takikomi Gohan Makes about 5 servings 2 large dried shiitake mushrooms 1 6 square-inch piece kombu 2 cups warm water 4 ounces fresh cremini mushrooms, sliced 3-inch piece carrot, peeled and cut into thin rectangles 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 tablespoon mirin 1 teaspoon honey 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon […]

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Sweet Potato Ginger Risotto

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Sweet Potato Ginger Risotto Makes 3 – 4 servings 1/4 cup olive oil 1 small onion, minced 1 cup rice 4 to 6 cups warm dashi salt 1 cup sweet potato cubes (1/2-inch cubes) 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium […]

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Zakkoku Mai Onigiri—Japanese Mixed Grain Rice Balls

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Inevitably when I make a pot of rice to go along with dinner we don’t eat it all.  More often than not, the rice that is left over isn’t enough to accompany another meal.  So what to do with that little bit of leftover rice?  This conundrum presented itself the other day after we had […]

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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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Ginger Chicken

Saturday night was our first night in the new house. We spent Saturday moving out of our temporary apartment in Irvine. We are still waiting for our things to arrive that were in storage, and hope they arrive soon. My mom, bless her heart, spent her morning helping us move and then her afternoon babysitting […]

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