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Easy Recipe for Japanese Rice with Mushrooms (Kinoko-Gohan)

For this recipe I use 2 tbsps of Japanese rice wine (sake). If you can't get sake, you can substitute it with a dry white wine.Kinoko-gohan (きのこご飯) is one of my autumn favorites. I have used a frying pan with a lid to cook the rice, since I often get asked for Japanese recipes from friends who don’t have a Japanese rice cooker.

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Green Tea Over Rice (Ochazuke) Recipe Ideas

Green Tea Over Rice (Ochazuke) Recipe Ideas

Ochazuke is a quick-to-prepare traditional Japanese dish made by pouring green tea over cooked rice and topping it with a sprinkle of savories. It has been been around in one form or another since at least the 8th century Heian … Read the rest

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Kumquat Preserve with Kudzu Syrup

Kinkan kumquat preserve with kudzu syrup

Here is a recipe for making a delightful preserve using whole Kumquats and a delicious Kudzu syrup.

As an added benefit, they both are used in traditional medicine to soothe coughs, sore throats and common colds.

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Roasted Petite Black Soybean Tea Cake

Here is a recipe for a quick and easy cake using wholesome petite black soybeans and pancake mix.

Roasted Petite Black Soybean Tea CakeI recommend using unrefined sugar. I use good quality vegetable oil instead of butter.

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Crustless Japanese Pumpkin Pie With Kudzu Root Powder

Japanese Kabocha pieHere is a low-calorie, gluten-free recipe for an alternative to western pumpkin pie using Kabocha (“Japanese pumpkin”, available in most supermarkets) and Kudzu root powder (instead of flour).

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The Beauty in Odd Table Settings

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A proper table setting is undoubtedly an important aspect of enjoying a meal. While the highly-evolved Western arrangements emphasize an even number of matched place settings, traditional Japanese settings include both even and odd as well as unmatched pieces.

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Baked Autumn Salmon (Aki-Sake) Recipe With Japanese Citron-Infused Chili (Yuzu-Kosho)

Aki-sake baked salmon

This is a Japanese favorite autumn recipe for baked salmon with Yuzu-Kosho.

Autumn in the Japanese traditional calendar begins on August 7.  The day is called Risshū (立秋), meaning “Rise of Autumn”.

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Know Your Japanese Mushrooms

Enoki, Shiitake, Shimeji, Matsutake, Maitake, Nameko, and Eringi. Do you recognize these words?

Enoki, Shiitake, Shimeji, Matsutake, Maitake, Nameko, Eringi, Kofuki-Saru-no-Koshikake.  Do you recognize these words? They are just a few of the many types of mushrooms seen in food markets in Japan.

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Iced Shiso Juice on a Hot Summer Day

iced-shiso-juiceQuench your thirst with a zesty cup of iced shiso juice. The vibrant color and the invigorating taste is bound to liven-up any occasion.

This recipe is for making 3.5 cups of concentrate, yielding 48 cups of iced shiso juice.… Read the rest

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Japanese Sweet and Spicy Pickled Ginger

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Japanese pickled ginger (called “Gari”) is a very easy to prepare and deliciously healthy condiment, commonly served in sushi restaurants.

young-ginger-rootsGinger roots are in season in early summer. The young roots have a tender flesh and natural sweetness, with strong … Read the rest

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