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My husband Peter doesn't like cake. But he does love pies. So when I asked him what kind of pie he would like for his birthday, he said his favorite is strawberry-rhubarb. My heart sank. Where am I going to find rhubarb in Tokyo in April? I've never seen rhubarb sold in the regular Japanese grocery stores so I ventured over to our neighborhood i...

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It's April and that means sakura (cherry blossom) season here in Japan. And sakura season means hanami (flower viewing) picnics under the blooming cherry trees. We joined the Georgetown University Alumni Club of Japan for their annual intercollegiate hanami at Komaba Park in Meguro-ku, with other alumni clubs such as B...

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I remember when I first laid eyes on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It was in the children's section of the Boca Raton Library, and I was making my regular visit to pick up some picture books for my daughter, who was 5 years old at the time. The book was prominently placed on a bookstand near the librarian's desk, and what caugh...

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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope your holidays were full of joy and peace. Mine were filled with "Glee," thanks to a gift from my daughter...

My homestay sister has access to a yuzu tree, and she kindly sent a box of yuzu to me at the end of December. She said to draw a hot bath, float some yuzu in the water and soak; do this on December...

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2010 is coming to a close, and I have to honestly say I loved my fledgling year of blogging. Thank you to my husband, Peter, for giving me an everlasting birthday gift. I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I enjoyed creating the food.

Now to close out the year, the tradition I started with my daughter when she was 2 years-old, Christm...

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When we moved from Arizona to Tokyo 8 years ago, we put some of our belongings into semi-permanent storage knowing that some things just wouldn't fit into a house that was two-thirds smaller than the one we were leaving, and we couldn't bear to part with some of our material things. Along with several bookshelves, tons of books, an antique partn...

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A nearby international supermarket was selling a habanero plant loaded with lots of ripe peppers so we scooped it up and bought it. Our plant last year didn't survive the winter, but this time I'll bring it indoors and see if I can manage to not kill it. We picked off all the ripe peppers and froze them except for two, which were roasted in a dr...

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