Food

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Another bean binge

Yes, I’ve discussed the benefits of the humble legume on many occasions, but since I’ve retired from the day job and inflation still keeps most cuts of beef in the double digit per pound range and chicken well above $5 per pound, what better source of affordable protein is there? Not to mention that animal […]

Matcha Gateau au Chocolat 抹茶ガトーショコラ

This is a Japanese rendition of the classic French chocolate cake! Made with white chocolate and green tea, this Matcha Gateau au Chocolat is rich, moist and intensely flavorful. Warm it up slightly before you enjoy it — the melty texture is to die for! Are you a big fan of matcha desserts? If yes, […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: 20 years of talking story

Here in the 50th, when acquaintances engage in idle chit chat to pass the time, we call it “talk story.” It may be with a relative that you haven’t seen for a while at a family gathering, it may be with a friend on a weekend over a can or two of beer. Or it […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Wine country revisit

Our last trip seems like a lifetime ago, as it was well before anyone had heard of COVID-19 and just after the devastating Napa earthquake. Back in that lifetime, we frequented wine country at least every two to three years and spent our days popping into sequential wineries off either the Silverado Trail or the […]

Chikuzenni (nishime) – simmered chicken and vegetables 筑前煮

Chikuzenni (筑前煮) or nishime (煮しめ) is a classic Japanese dish often served on New Year’s Day. This dish is made of root vegetables and chicken that are simmered in dashi, soy sauce and mirin. My mom used to make it quite regularly because it was my family’s favorite type of simmered dish. This is also […]

Matsutake suimono (clear soup) 松茸お吸い物

A classic Japanese autumn soup, matsutake suimono (clear soup) is cooked with seasonal matsutake mushrooms, tofu and the mitsuba herb in a clear dashi broth. It’s absolutely nourishing and packed with health benefits. Matsutake soup (松茸お吸い物) is a classic Japanese autumn soup with highly-prized fragrant matsutake mushrooms in clear dashi broth. This type of soup […]

Kabocha pork stir-fry かぼちゃのそぼろ炒め

abocha pork stir fry is a simple yet satisfying dish you’ll enjoy when kabocha is in season. It’s a one-pan wonder for a weeknight dinner! Fall is here and all I can think about is all things kabocha. Soups, desserts, salads — it can do it all. In Japan, people enjoy kabocha year-round, but here in […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Not really a nut

I used to have those childhood sandwiches with that creamy spread from the favorite legume of most children, the Arachis genus, the humble peanut, many times a week. I think most of you are aware that the peanut isn’t a nut at all — actually, foods in the nut family like walnuts, almonds and pecans […]

Fresh spring rolls with yakiniku 焼肉の生春巻き

Juicy Japanese BBQ meat with crunchy vegetables, wrapped in rice paper to seal in the deliciousness, these fresh spring rolls with yakiniku make the best summer dish! Serve the spring rolls as the main dish on a warm summer night or as an appetizer for your next potluck or home party. What do you like to […]

Santo Market serves up poké bowls, mochi and more in San Jose’s Japantown

  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Santo Market, located on the corner of North Sixth Street and East Taylor Street in San Jose’s Japantown, is more than a Japanese American and Asian American grocery store. The market, which first opened in 1946 on Jackson Street before moving to its current location in 1957, sells a variety […]

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