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Featured Recipes

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Tsukudani of Hot

When I was a child, my grandma used to buy bunches of hot pepper plants with roots still … More

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Sauteed Arugula with

Early summer when arugula is abundant, quick sauteed arugula with soy sauce can make easy … More

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How to Make Umeboshi

Umeboshi is salted and dried fruit of Prunus mume, which is a family of apricots, even … More

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Fish Grill

Grilling is one of the essential way of cooking simple Japanese food. It doesn't require … More

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Saibashi (Cooking

Saibashi is a pair of cooking chopsticks. They are made of bamboos, and much longer than … More

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Japanese Tableware

I didn't realize until I started to live in the United States, that Japanese tableware was … More

Featured Japanese Groceries

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Dashinomoto

It's best to get dashi (soup broth) from katsuobushi, niboshi or kombu, but sometimes we … More

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Burdock

Burdocks are called gobo in Japanese. It is a root vegetable widely eaten in Eastern Asian … More

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Fresh Shiitake

Shiitake mushrooms can be harvested in spring, fall, and winter. Particularly spring … More

Featured Blog Entries

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Konnyaku Harvest

I planted konnyaku "seed potatoes" last spring. They were about 10 of 2" potatotes. … More

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Kinzanji Miso 2nd

Kinzanji miso is side dish miso. It's not for miso soup, even though it can be used for … More

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Miso Development

We can buy miso easily at Japanese grocery stores or health food stores. But I heard that … More