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A friend from the neighborhood stopped by yesterday to drop off some fresh bamboo shoots, takenoko. The best part was that they were already prepped, that is, they were boiled in water with nuka (rice bran) to remove the bitterness, cooled for several hours to overnight in the nuka water and then peeled.

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I had never seen anything quite like it. It was strange, yet beautiful. Our renters next door moved out, and as a parting gift, they presented us with a gift-wrapped box of perfectly shaped, perfectly ripe, perfectly white strawberries. They were from a shop in Tokyo Midtown called Sun Fruits, and these rare jewels (they cost just as much!) are ...

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I've learned about a couple of cheeses from Olive magazine recently. Quark, a fresh cheese common in Germany and Eastern Europe, and Maroilles. Our nearby international supermarket carried some Maroilles so I thought I'd try it. It's a cow's milk cheese made in France with ...

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I'm finally getting around to posting about tempura, one of my all-time favorite fried foods. In Japan, you can buy pre-mixed tempura batter mix, but it's really simple to make at home. All it is: flour, egg, water and salt. And the list of things you can make into tempura is endless. For this particular dinner, I was frying up carrots, green be...

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I had never heard of Topsy Turvy planters until we were in Solvang, CA, wine country; in a discount variety shop, of all places. But Peter thought it would be perfect for us, space-chall...

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I love a good mystery. I was unsure at the beginning, but when Lisbeth Sanders was introduced into the novel, I was hooked. I'm not finished with the book yet, I have about 200 pages left to go, but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, is engrossing and believable, with just the right amount of gruesome violence, corporate ...

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Oseibo are the end of year gifts that one receives in Japan as thanks from colleagues, business associates and family members. We receive and give out our share of oseibo,...

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