Cooking Club and Sharing Recipes – Chinese Fragrant Eggplant Recipe

Back in 2002, we moved to our home,  located in a very small cul de sac in the suburbs.  The neighborhood included a variety of ethnicities and professions, which was a good fit for our family.  After a few years of settling in, I found a couple neighbors who had a common interest in cooking: Winnie, from China and …

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Japanese New Years Traditions

Now that Christmas has come and gone, in a Japanese household, we have to start thinking of the biggest holiday of the year, New Years or Oshogatsu.  January 1st, is called Gan jitsu.  In the olden days, it was thought that the new year’s god, Toshigami-sama,  brought happiness and good harvest.  So, to welcome this …

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21 Acres Sustainable Agriculture- Is this the Feng Shui of Farms?

If feng shui is about “living in harmony with nature” for a building structure, then permaculture is about “living in harmony with the land.“  For those that haven’t heard of permaculture, you aren’t alone.  I’ve only learned about it in the last three years through the interest of my husband. Permaculture is a movement which began in …

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Simple Tip to Identify Organic and GMO Produce in U.S.

Do you know if your food is organic?  Do you know if it is genetically modified (GMO)?  As a consumer, is there an easy way to find this information? The other day, thanks to a young nutritionist student, we learned of a valuable little tip. In our  supermarkets here in the U.S., you often find little stickers …

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Japanese Style Sandwiches

Japanese sandwiches are typically made with thinly sliced white bread.  Japanese style white bread is a little different from American white bread.  With a hint of butter and a slight sweetness, Japanese white bread is fluffy and elastic with a chewy texture. Also because the sandwich was an imported concept, they have no preconceived ideas on what a sandwich filling should …

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The Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

In Asian cuisine, sesame seeds and sesame oil are very important condiments.  In fact, today, Japan and China are the two largest importers of sesame products.  The nutty, slightly sweet seed is not only savored for its flavor but is a very good source of minerals that include copper, manganese,  magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, selenium, and …

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Tricolor Vegetarian Salad with Yuzu Recipe: Daikon, Cucumber & Carrots

This simple, refreshing vegetarian salad with a soy sauce based dressing has a wonderful crunch from the Japanese daikon or radish.   This can also be substituted with Korean radish. Just use whatever looks the most fresh.   On the day I was shopping at my local Asian supermarket,  the Korean radish was hard and fresh, while the Japanese daikon was soft and limp.  …

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