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In a Nutshell: Hokkaido

In a Nutshell: Hokkaido

Tags: Japan

The northernmost island of Japan is the center of agriculture and food, and a home to a fascinating nation unique in the world.

Japanese Cream Stew

Japanese Cream Stew

Cream stew is a staple in many Japanese homes. Choose your favorite combination of meat and vegetables to create this wholesome stew.

Japanese Stuffed Peppers

Japanese Stuffed Peppers

Japanese Stuffed Peppers are loaded with delicious spiced meat along with Japanese herbs. They are often served as an appetizer at izakayas.

Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise

In Japan, French restaurants are quite popular, and vichyssoise is a well known dish.  The summer in Japan are hot and humid, and when people go out to cafes they appreciate dishes that help cool them off.  Vichyssoise fits the bill perfectly- it’s savory and filling, the taste of potato and onion is absolutely delicious,...

Onsen Tamago (Japanese soft boiled eggs)

Onsen Tamago (Japanese soft boiled eggs)

An Onsen is a Japanese hot spring, and tomago is the word for an egg.  If you have ever sat in a Japanese hot tub, sometimes it seems like the water is hot enough to cook an egg, and there are indeed hot springs in Japan heated by volcanic springs where that may be possible....

Hashed Beef and Rice

Hashed Beef and Rice

Japanese comfort food is delicious on a cold day. Features tender and fresh vegetables in a thick and sweet tomato based roux.

Hashi, Japanese Chopsticks – Tools beyond Cutlery

Hashi, Japanese Chopsticks – Tools beyond Cutlery

If you are going to travel anywhere in Southeast Asia you are going to use chopsticks. Learn all about chopsticks and how to use them.

Chinjaorousu – Stir Fried Beef and Peppers

Chinjaorousu – Stir Fried Beef and Peppers

The Japanese version of Chinese Pepper Steak is made with very thin slices of beef and pepper.  It’s a beautiful and colorful dish.

Japanese Snacks 101 — The Salty and Savory Snacks of Japan

Japanese Snacks 101 — The Salty and Savory Snacks of Japan

Explore the most popular salty and savory snacks - chips, puffs, crackers, and bits that are enjoyed throughout Japan.

Wagyu Steak- Japanese Style

Wagyu Steak- Japanese Style

Do you want a perfectly cooked Japanese steak? All you need need is salt, pepper, butter, garlic, and an amazing cut of marbled beef.

Tonkatsu – Japanese Pork Cutlets

Tonkatsu – Japanese Pork Cutlets

Fried pork cutlets are a very popular dish in Japan. These cutlets are crispy, crunchy, and oh so delicious!

Sushi Part 2 – Sushi Culture Wrapped Up

Sushi Part 2 – Sushi Culture Wrapped Up

Explore sushi culture; what kinds of places serve sushi, and how to make the best out of your experience in a sushi restaurant.

Little Sushi Glossary: Basic Sushi Words and Terms

Little Sushi Glossary: Basic Sushi Words and Terms

Ready to impress your friends with your mastery of Japanese culture? Includes sushi terms and some of the most popular sushi ingredients.

Tofu Steak

Tofu Steak

A great meal when you are craving a protein but are not in the mood for meat. Topped with soy sauce, Bonito flakes and Japanese yam.

Oxtail Osso Buco Japanese Style

Oxtail Osso Buco Japanese Style

Oxtails are browned and then simmered for hours in a stock made with mirin, soy sauce and wine. The meat comes out so soft you can eat it with a spoon.

Spaghetti and Karasumi Cream Sauce

Spaghetti and Karasumi Cream Sauce

A simple and elegant pasta tossed in cream based sauce blended with karasumi (bottarga) and topped with Japanese nori and fresh shiso leaves.

Sushi Part 1 – A Mouthful of Goodness

Sushi Part 1 – A Mouthful of Goodness

Join me in part 1 of this blog as we explore the many types of sushi and the ingredients used to prepare and complement this traditional Japanese staple.

Creamy Japanese Style Orzo with Chrysanthemum Greens

Creamy Japanese Style Orzo with Chrysanthemum Greens

Orzo is a delicious alternative to rice, made from pasta, that cooks up creamy and really brings out the taste of Japanese green vegetables.

Chawanmushi – Steamed Egg Custard

Chawanmushi – Steamed Egg Custard

Try this silky and savory Japanese egg custard, steamed to perfection and filled with a variety of seasonal ingredients.

Mountain Plums French Toast Japanese Style

Mountain Plums French Toast Japanese Style

Crispy and caramelized on the outside and soft, like sweet custard, in the middle, this sophisticated French Toast will leave you wanting more.

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