Bowl of Kinoko Takikomigohan

Kinoko Takikomigohan: A Forest Feast in a Bowl

Introduction Kinoko Takikomigohan, which translates to “mushroom mixed rice,” is a dish that brings the essence of the forest to the Japanese dining table. Its origins lie in the practice of foraging, a tradition as old as Japan’s mountains and woodlands themselves. This dish holds a special place in my culinary heart, as it reminds

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fettucine with arugula pesto

Make Fresh Pasta: Delicious Fettuccine with Arugula Walnut Pesto

Pesto According to Wikipedia, traditional pesto came from Genoa, Italy. Imagine a thick dark green sauce. Not smooth like cream and coarser than cornmeal. It’s green, shiny, and pungent. Crushed garlic, pine nuts, salt, basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pecorino sardo, and olive oil. All swimming happily together like the fish in the sea. Yum-e! Did it work ? Are

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coffee jelly

Irresistible Coffee Jelly Japanese Style with Cream

Japanese Style Coffee Jelly with Cream What better way to celebrate than with coffee jelly!! An ever so slightly sweet way to enjoy your favorite caffeine source!! Being the coffee aficionado that I am, I enjoy coffee in all it’s various forms. If you have never seen coffee jelly(コーヒーぜり) before, it’s something you see regularly in Japan.

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no knead bread

Effortless No-Knead Bread: Start to Finish in 21 Hours

I was going to make Bon Appetit’s best bread, but after reading comments on the recipe changed my mind. People were saying it was too much work (takes 3 days) and that you should just make the Jim Lahey’s no knead bread which was published in the NY Times. So I searched for the No Knead

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mentaiko pasta with nori on top - top view

Mentaiko Pasta: Olive Oil & Shiso Delight

Ohhh man. Mentaiko Pasta with Cream,  Shiso and Nori. So rich and savory. No pasta compares to the flavor and textures that are exemplified in this dish. 3 Main ingredients are cream, butter, and caviar. A dash of salt, a bit of mayo, topped with a bit of parmigiano reggiano, shiso (sesame leaf), nori (dried seaweed)

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japanese eggplant with miso glaze

Irresistible Japanese Eggplant Nasu Dengaku: Miso Glaze Delight

Japanese Eggplant (Nasu) Dengaku (茄子田楽) A super tasty way to prepare Japanese eggplant. If you’re not sure what dengaku might taste like, it’s a balance of sweet and salty, with a lot of umami. Miso goes well with all kinds of meats, fish and vegetables, eggplant is no exception. Furthermore, its good for you. If you ever go

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