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Simmered Bamboo Shoots (Takenoko No Nimono)

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Takenoko No Nimono (Simmered Bamboo Shoots) Bamboo shoots, or takenoko, are a popular springtime vegetable in Japanese cuisine. It's not as difficult as it seems to cook with bamboo shoots, and a simple first dish to try is simmered takenoko. Learn more here.

Quick and Easy Seafood Chirashi Sushi

Tuesday May 27, 2014
Quick and Easy Seafood Chirashi Sushi Not all Japanese dishes need to be made from scratch. Learn about a popular shortcut to making sushi rice using pre made sushi seasoning and enjoy a delicious and elegant seafood chirashi dinner on a busy weeknight. Read more here.

Shio Koji Asparagus

Thursday May 22, 2014
Shio Koji Asparagus Shio koji (Japanese fermented salt and rice) is an easy way to season asparagus for a mild yet flavorful springtime side dish. This recipe is a great addition to any Japanese meal and leftovers can easily be incorporated into a bento lunch the next day. Also, it only takes minutes to make! Find the recipe here.

Shio Koji Salmon

Friday May 16, 2014
Shio Koji Salmon One of the easiest ways to introduce Japanese shio koji (fermented salt and rice) is as a marinade for fish. Simply marinate salmon filets with a few tablespoons of shio koji and you'll soon have a tender fish packed with umami. Find the recipe here.

Ingredient Spotlight: Shio Koji

Wednesday May 14, 2014
Shio Koji What is shio koji? It's a Japanese ingredient that has existed for a few hundred years and is made of fermented salt and rice. It is mildly salty and full of umami. Learn more about this wondrous ingredient and its many applications here.

Happy Japanese Children's Day!

Monday May 5, 2014
Japanese Children's Day, Gogatsu Ningyo, May Doll May 5th is Japanese Children's Day! Learn all about the traditions of this wonderful holiday and the sweet desserts that children and families enjoy alike. Read more here.

A Sweet Chimaki Recipe to Celebrate Japanese Children's Day

Saturday May 3, 2014
Chimaki - Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Sweet Soy Bean Powder May 5th is quickly approaching, which means we are getting ready to celebrate Japanese Children's Day at our home. Chimaki, or steamed dumplings are often enjoyed on Children's Day, and I have a very simple and modern recipe that can easily be made at home with ingredients that are readily available. Read more here.

A Primer on Japanese Chimaki (Dumplings)

Friday May 2, 2014
Chimaki Japanese Dumpling Welcome, May! Japanese Children's Day is right around the corner, and there's no better time than the present to delve into "chimaki", a traditional steamed dumpling that is often enjoyed on this special holiday. Learn all there is to know here.

Fresh and New Japanese Recipes for Spring

Monday April 28, 2014
Mame Gohan Here's a collection of recipes that include some of my recently posted dishes that are perfect for incorporating into a springtime menu. All the recipes are simple, easy to follow and a great way to jump start your Japanese cooking! Enjoy! Read the article here.

Beef and Asparagus Rolls (Aspara Nikumaki)

Sunday April 27, 2014
Beef and asparagus rolls One of my favorite spring vegetables is asparagus and a wonderful way to use this in Japanese cuisine is to prepare them in a sweet and savory beef roll. There are many variations of preparing meat and vegetable rolls but I prefer the simplicity of using only two main ingredients in this recipe. Read more here.

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