Hawaiian Style Popcorn – Hurricane Popcorn Recipe

Recently, I’ve been really liking popcorn. To be honest,  I was never a popcorn fan. Why did this change?  Well, my husband, the farmer, has been selling his greens at a local food market called Farm Fresh Picks at the Creamery.  You order online through their Facebook group and it’s a drive through pick-up on …

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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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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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Three Asian 80/20 Rules for Health

Many in the West may know the 80/20 Rule, also known as the Pareto Principle.  It states that “80 percent of the results are achieved by 20 percent of  the group or 20 percent of your effort will generate 80 percent of your results.”  According to the Wikipedia ” Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, observed in 1906 that 80% …

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Korean Food and the Kimchi Chronicles

Our family loves the spicy and rich flavors of Korean food.  When the kids come home during their school break, their restaurant of choice is the local Korean BBQ.  Apparently, in their neighborhoods, there are plenty of Japanese and Chinese eateries but not many Korean.  So, off we go and they consume an embarrassing amount of …

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Foods That Help When Exposed To Radiation

The earthquake in Japan has made me realize what my feng shui master keeps reiterating:  man cannot control nature, instead we must learn to work with nature.  Also, it has become  evident how we are so reliant on electrical power and oil.  Our lifestyles take so much for granted, that it’s really a wake up …

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Home Style Stewed Shoyu Pork with Boiled Eggs

Sometimes we need comfort food. For me, this is so simple yet satisfying to eat over a bowl of rice.  Stewed pork in shoyu can be considered either Japanese or Chinese, but who cares if it just tastes good!  Right?  The ingredients are easy to get anywhere because there is nothing fancy in it.  If …

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