Vegetarian Sushi Secrets by Marisa Baggett

In Japan, the traditional vegetarian sushi fillings are cucumber, kampyo, which is a dried gourd cooked in a sweet soy based sauce, shiitake mushrooms, takuan, eggs, spinach, plum, shiso and sesame seeds.  I really do enjoy them all.  But, sushi is now not just a Japanese food.  It’s everyone’s food. It’s just like pizza.  The …

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Tuna Spring Roll Recipe

The typical Asian spring roll has a combination of ground pork, beansprouts, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage and some bean thread.  However, this tuna spring roll recipe is definitely original, different, fun, and yummy! The are only four filling ingredients and you probably have them on hand:  tuna, onions, parsley, and mayonnaise!  Yup, you’re right, it’s not very Asian.  But, …

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Daikon and Green Onion Sesame Buns Recipe

Making your own sesame buns sounds really intimidating.  But, my girlfriend Winnie has simplified it to an art!  This filling has only two ingredients, well, three if you count the salt.  Daikon or Japanese radish and green onions.  That’s all!  She used frozen pastry sheets and it was a breeze to make.  Don’t believe me? …

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Quick and Healthy Chinese Broccoli – Gai-Lan

It’s become more and more evident that we need to increase our green veggie intake to our diet for better health.  I love Winnie’s quick recipe for gai-lan, Chinese broccoli, also known as kai-lan, depending on where you shop. Gai-lan has large dark green leaves, a thick stem, and often has tiny yellow flowers.   Once cooked, the stems …

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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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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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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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