There are certain recipes you know you just have to try the very first time you hear of them. You know the ones, don’t you? It’s that certain something that sticks in your memory once you’ve seen or heard of it. It won’t leave you alone until you can recreate it or find somewhere that sells it so that you can see what all the hype was about. … Read the rest
My family loves rice. And I mean loves it. My son’s favorite dish is something we call “Rice and Goop”, which is basically rice covered in sausage or beef gravy. For me, it’s fried rice or spam musubi. My wife will take rice in just about any form, but if given a choice, she prefers onigiri.… Read the rest
Everyone has their go-to Chinese takeout favorite. For my wife, it’s cashew chicken. For my son, lemon chicken with fried rice and plenty of soy sauce does the trick. But for me, it’s broccoli beef every time. I’ve got to have it.
But I’ve noticed that since we started exploring Japanese foods, the broccoli beef from our local takeout places just seems too heavy.… Read the rest
Rice. It’s an unassuming grain that also just happens to be the staple food of nations all over the world. It’s speculated that rice may have been cultivated in Japan for as long as 6,000 years.… Read the rest
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Thanksgiving can be a hectic time of year, whether you’re the one hosting dinner or not. The last thing you need to worry about is complicated desserts or appetizers. That’s where these simple and absolutely delicious Berry Cheesecake Egg Rolls com in. … Read the rest
We love Holiday leftovers. Not just a little. In all honesty, we’ve been known to buy two, and even three turkeys around Thanksgiving and Christmas just so we can have more leftovers. (It’s a sickness.… Read the rest
I was raised in a very Southern American household. As such, I have the common Southern love for all fried foods. I love fried chicken, fried mushrooms, fried shrimp, and of course chicken fried steak with a healthy serving of Southern Gravy.… Read the rest
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I’m a busy guy. I work a lot. Too much, probably, considering my age. (Which might be more advanced than one would think.) But there are a few days of the week when I have the opportunity to cook for my family, usually before heading out to the dreaded day job.… Read the rest
Summer’s here folks, and it’s hot. Way too hot for the oven, or for heavy soups and stews. Yep, summer calls for something you can toss on the grill while you keep in the shade.… Read the rest
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It’ Summer. For the kids, that means time to relax, play games or hang out with friends. It’s a time for staying up late and sleeping in. Summer is about letting go of the pressures of school life and just having the chance to express the children that they are inside.… Read the rest
When it’s hot outside you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen putting a meal on the table. You want to sit back, relax and eat. Enter zaru somen (Literally: basket noodles.) Chilled Japanese noodles, a delightfully light and mild sauce to dip them in, and some refreshing, crisp green onions make this the perfect dish for a hot afternoon or evening.… Read the rest
Mentsuyu is a Japanese soup base used most often for soba and udon noodle dishes. (The name literally means noodle sauce) It’s name is a little misleading, though. Mentsuyu is a base sauce and like any base, it’s used for just about anything in Japanese cooking. With just a few additions here and there. I actually used it as glaze for a chicken earlier today, and it was crazy good.… Read the rest
Dashi is one of the fundamental ingredients in Japanese cooking. It’s used as both a tea and the base for hundreds, if not thousands of recipes in Japan. Dashi stock is so common, in fact, that most written recipes that call for it simply state, “add dashi”. The assumption is that everyone already knows how to make it, or has it on hand at all times (Kind of like chicken broth in America.).… Read the rest
If you’re looking for a quick and painless weeknight meal that goes together easily but still packs in a serious dose of wow factor, this is it. Our Japanese rice and chicken stuffed bell peppers fit the bill ever time. Prep takes just minutes, it cooks in about a half-hour, and you can make it with leftovers. (Yes, leftovers.)
This dish is a twist on several recipes that I know, and is the sort of thing that you’d be likely to find in a bento, or Japanese box lunch.… Read the rest
Orange Chicken is a favorite at take-out Chinese restaurants no matter where you live. There’s just something magical about those crispy little morsels of battered chicken bathed in a cloyingly sweet orange glaze. But if you happen to be gluten-intolerant or you’re on a GF diet, you’ve probably written this childhood favorite off as a loss. You don’t have to. This is a version anyone can enjoy.… Read the rest
Each year cooks across the Americas struggle with the same question, “What am I going to do with all this leftover turkey?” I have an idea. Why not take that turkey on a trip around the world, drop it of in Thailand and make that proud poultry exotic and exciting again? Yeah. That’s what this recipe does.
The inspiration for this dish was a recipe with a similar name that appeared in the Pillsbury circular Fast and Fresh Pasta: 20-minute stovetop dishes plus easy casseroles.… Read the rest
When you think of comfort food, what comes to mind? If you’re Japanese, it might just be succulent, tangy chicken fried rice wrapped in a blanket of airy scrambled eggs and topped with ketchup. It’s an omelet. It’s fried rice. It’s omurice!
Omurice (pronounced “Omu-Raisu”) is a staple in Japanese homes and there are even restaurants that serve nothing but different variations of this amazing dish.… Read the rest
Fried rice is comfort food. I don’t care whether you’re from Tokyo, Beijing, or San Antonio. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity you are or what you grew up eating. This stuff is worthy of a place all its own in the history books of food that just makes you feel better.… Read the rest
From the archives. Lumpia is a perfect back to school meal, since you can roll them the night before and cook them on the next evening. They’re also the perfect vehicle for leftovers. Give them a try!
Basically, lumpia is the Filipino equivalent of the Chinese egg roll. I first experienced lumpia in my early 20’s, when our Guamanian next door neighbor made them and presented them to us as a housewarming gift, along with a massive platter of kelaguen.… Read the rest
Fragrant jasmine rice, succulent pork and the nuttiness of browned garlic. This take on a classic Vietnamese rice dish has it all, and then some. To top it off, 99% of the cooking happens directly in your rice cooker. This dish is simple, delicious, satisfying and best of all, ideal for a busy weeknight meal.
This take on golden rice is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is a treat for the palate. … Read the rest